Edith Maude Eaton (or Sui Sin Far) (1865-1914) and Winnifred Eaton (or Onoto Watanna) (1875-1954) were the first known Chinese American women authors. They launched the field of Asian American literature. An exhibition entitled “Sui Sin Far and Onoto: Writing Hybridity on the Cusp of the 20th Century” will open at UBC Library’s Rare Books and Special Collections from 12 September to 15 October.

The exhibition is curated by Professor Mary Chapman, undergraduate research assistant Jennifer Tang, and Brandy Lien Worrall Soriano, and is open to the public.


Photo Credit: Paul Joseph

Dr. Gregory Mackie has been appearing in various media sources during these past days to talk about UBC Library’s recent acquisition of what William Butler Yeats referred to as “the most beautiful of all printed books,” the William-Morris-Kelmscott Press edition of Geoffrey Chaucer’s Works. (more…)

The winner of this year’s Fairclough Prize is Dr. Brett Grubisic. Brett has been a highly effective and popular teacher in the Department of English since 2001, earning remarkable praise from students for his obvious investment in their success. He has also published widely in both critical and creative modes, with three novels, two edited anthologies, two monographs, and three co-edited critical collections. He is a creative, collegial, and highly productive member of the department, and it is a great pleasure to congratulate him on this newest achievement.


Congratulations to Department of English professor Robert Rouse on being awarded a 2015-2016 UBC Killam Teaching Prize. The Killam Teaching Prizes are awarded annually to faculty members in recognition of excellence in teaching.

Professor Rouse is a very popular teacher whose courses are often wait-listed. Students, some of whom have taken three or more of his courses, enjoy his infectious enthusiasm for his subject. (more…)

literary-land-claimsThe Association for Canadian and Quebec Literatures (ACQL) announced the finalists for the 2015 Gabrielle Roy Prize (English section), and Professor Margery Fee’s Literary Land Claims is among the shortlisted works. The Gabrielle Roy Prize is awarded annually for the best book-length studies–one in English and one in French–in Canadian and Québec literary criticism published anywhere in the world. The winner will be announced later in May. Congratulations to Margery Fee and to all of the finalists!

Department of English PhD student and Teaching Assistant, Jonathan Newell has won the 2015-2016 Killam Graduate Teaching Assistant Award.


Congratulation to PhD student JACK KNOWLES, whose essay, “Yeatsian Agony in Late Roth,” has been selected as this year’s Siegel McDaniel Award Winner. (more…)

TheGardenStatuaryThe official English Undergraduate journal, The Garden Statuary, operated and peer-reviewed (largely by our Honours students and English Majors) and publishing both creative and academic work, continues to thrive online and in annual print versions. The journal has now published fourteen very successful issues since its founding in late 2011. Congratulations and we look forward to seeing more from TGS!