The Department of English Language and Literature prides itself on a blend of research unique in Canadian universities. Our faculty members conduct research on a broad range of the extraordinary language activities of what Kenneth Burke called the "symbol-using animal": from classical rhetoric through all areas of historical and contemporary literature and discourse in English to recent theories of text, subject, environment, and media. Understanding media--from poetry to blogging, from the scribal to the digital--is central to our mission.
English students benefit from the active research culture of the department, and graduate students also have opportunities to professionalize by participating in various projects and institutes and by presenting at both internal and external conferences.
Information on some of our faculty's ongoing research projects, including projects on disability studies, social media, and Victorian periodicals.