Faculty and Staff List

Professors Emeriti
M. Garson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
M.J. Levene, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
R.R. McLeod, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
L. Thomson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

L. Blake, B.A., M.Phil., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Gillespie, B.A., D.Phil.
M. Gniadek, A.B., M.A., Ph.D.
R. Greene, B.A., D.Phil.
C. Hill, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
Z.R. Mian, B.A., M.A., A.M., Ph.D.
S. Radović, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
T.F. Robinson, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
C. Scoville, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
A. Slater, B.A., M.F.A., M.Phil., M.A., Ph.D.
L. Switzky, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
H. Syme, B.A., A.M., Ph.D.
A. Thomas, B.A., M.St., Ph.D.
D. White, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.
D. Wright, B.A., M.A., Ph.D.

Chair, English and Drama
Jacob Gallagher-Ross
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 5282
Associate Chair, English
Terry F. Robinson
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 5264

Assistant to the Chair
Sabrin Mohamed
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 5284

Departmental Supervisor
Robert Eberts
Maanjiwe nendamowinan, Room 5234

Undergraduate Advisor
Megan Janssen
Room 5250, Maanjiwe nendamowinan


Together with the visual arts and music, literature has for millennia provided humanity with the means to depict, reflect on, and understand our existence, from the most personal details of daily life to grand philosophical or religious efforts to comprehend the world as a whole. The literary arts are essential to what it means to be human; their study necessarily plays a central role in the modern university. Our programs specifically focus on how literature in English has developed through the centuries, all over the world, and in a rich variety of different forms and modes, from oral recitations to digital media.

Our degree programs and courses introduce students to the full range of literary genres and traditions in English, from eleventh-century elegies written in Old English to contemporary postcolonial novels. Courses may focus on the development of particular forms (e.g., the lyrical poem), a particular period (e.g., the Victorian age), or a particular author (e.g. Shakespeare, Jane Austen, or Toni Morrison). Students receive in-depth training in critical reading and writing skills. Perceptive and attentive reading and clear and persuasive writing are key to the craft of literary criticism, and our programs are designed to make students better critics; but these skills are equally crucial in all areas of research, business, and professional activity, and are therefore of lasting value both within and beyond the university.

Courses are arranged in four levels. Courses at the 100-level are introductory; 200-level courses provide broad surveys of a genre, a national literary tradition, or an approach to literature; 300-level courses offer more detailed investigations of theories of literature and of texts written in particular historical moments or places, or by particular authors; and 400-level courses are small-group, discussion-based seminars on a specific subject.

Additional course and program information can be found on the Department of English website. Guidance is available from the Undergraduate Advisor as well as from members of the English faculty.

English Programs
Enrolment in any English Program of Study requires completion of 4.0 previous courses or their equivalent. Students are responsible for completing all the requirements of the English Program in which they are enrolled.

No more than 1.5 credits can be double counted towards two programs of study in English, Drama, or Creative Writing.

Students should also review the Degree Requirements section prior to selecting courses

Program website: Department of English