Department of English and Cultural Studies

This interdisciplinary department offers the opportunity to study literature and culture.

What we do

In our English program, students can study English literature, not only in its historical unfolding, but also in contemporary Canadian and global contexts. Our English programs include the BA Major and Minor, the BA Honours, and the MA. The Cultural Studies program combines its core courses with cross-listed courses from a variety of disciplines in the Humanities and Social Sciences. Students shape their degrees by choosing courses from three broad themes: Media and Popular Cultures, Global Cultural Studies, and Critical and Cultural Theory.

Our programs allow students to engage in research projects that range from literary studies, indigenous studies, cultural activism, community research, cultural heritage, digital production, and digitized cultural history. Our department will continue evolving, to meet the needs and interests of students and to conduct leading research in our disciplines. Watch for our growth in the Digital Humanities.

Programs & Study Options

Cultural Studies (BA)

Gain a unique grounding in questions of identity, power, diversity and justice from global perspectives.

Digital Humanities (BA)

Learn how to conceptualize, produce, and communicate humanities research with digital tools and media.

English Honours

English Honours (BA)

An intensive course of study for English Majors who have demonstrated exceptional creative, critical, and communicative abilities in their second-year coursework in English.

IGS – Digital Arts and Humanities

Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies using digital technologies to explore questions central to the arts and humanities; applying arts and humanities frameworks to digital tools and technologies.

 

English (BA)

Explore literature and how it imparts meaning in multiple contexts and eras, including the contemporary globalized world.

Medieval and Renaissance Studies (minor)

Interdisciplinary and intensive concentration on a single period stretching from the twilight of antiquity to the dawn of the Enlightenment.

Masters of Arts in English

Focus on literary and cultural analysis with expert scholars who proved individualized and inspiring mentorship that enables you to conduct dynamic research.

INTERDISCIPLINARY GRADUATE STUDIES

Masters and PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies, work closely with faculty across a diverse set of disciplines.

Faculty

Faculty

David Jefferess | Postcolonial Studies, Globalization, Anti-Oppression

Daniel Keyes | Film, Television, Critical Whiteness Studies

Ruthann Lee | Media and Social Activism, Anti-Colonial Feminisms, Queer Theory

Kyong won Yoon | New Media, Youth Culture, East Asian Cinema

Term Faculty

Alifa Bandali | Media and Popular Culture, Creative Activism

Faculty

Emily Murphy | Digital Humanities, text encoding, digital editing

Faculty

Anderson Araujo | Transnational Modernism, First World War Poetry, Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature

Jodey Castricano | 19th century studies (Gothic Studies, Psychoanalysis (Freud/Jung)) Critical Animal Studies, Ecofeminism, Critical Theory

Alison Conway | Literary and cultural history of the long eighteenth-century in Britain, narrative studies, and gender and sexuality theory

Robert Eggleston | Restoration and 18th-century theatre; ideological instability in the comedies and farces of Edward Ravenscroft; theories of comedy during the late 17th century; political satire and censorship of the stage during the 1720s and 1730s.

Greg Garrard | Ecocriticism, contemporary environmental writing, critical animal studies

Lisa Grekul | Canadian literatures, diaspora literatures and theory

George Grinnell | Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Romanticism, punk culture

Jennifer Gustar |Contemporary British Literature, UK Transculturalism, Gender and Contemporary Literature, Literature of South Asia and the Diaspora

Lisa Grekul | Canadian literatures, diaspora literatures and theory

Allison Hargreaves | Indigenous Literature & Theory, Indigenous Feminisms, Settler Studies

Melissa Jacques | Literary Studies and Practices

David Jefferess | Postcolonial Studies, Globalization, Anti-Oppression

Daniel Keyes | Film, Television, Critical Whiteness Studies

Sean Lawrence | Shakespeare, canonical literature and twentieth-century French philosophy

Marie Loughlin | Sixteenth-century poetry and prose, early modern women’s writing, early modern drama

Oliver Lovesey | Victorian & 18th-Cen. Novel, Postcolonial Studies

Paul Milton | 20th-century American and Canadian fiction; literature and space; fictional treatments of suburban life; Canadian poets and literature; African-American literature.

Emily Murphy | Digital Humanities, text encoding, digital editing

Aisha Ravindran | First-year composition; advanced composition; public speaking and interpersonal communication; literature across cultures; English as an additional language; writing in the disciplines

Margaret Reeves | Early Modern Women’s Writing, Children’s Literary Cultures, Early Modern Childhood and Youth, Milton and Early Modern Political Theory, Satiric Fiction

Karis Shearer | Canadian poetry and fiction, critical pedagogy, gender theory, American poetry, cultural studies

Jordan Stouck | Composition studies, Canadian and Caribbean literature

Bryce Traister | American Literature, religious studies, American Cultural Studies, science fiction

Michael Treschow | Old and Middle English Literature

Term Faculty

Joanne Cockerline | Management communications, science and engineering communications, contemporary Canadian fiction

Lindsay Diehl | First year English

Spela Grasic | First year English

Shona Harrison | English Literature and Composition

Shirley McDonald | Canadian literature and history, life writing, prairie settler narratives, ecocriticism, Scholarship on Teaching & Learning

Jenn Payson | English Composition

Daryl Ritchot | First year English

Lainie Senger | English Literature and Composition

Cathi Shaw | English Composition

Bridget Trainor | First year English

Jon Vickery | English Literature and Composition

Administrative Office

Michael Treschow
Department Head, English & Cultural Studies
Associate Professor, English
Email: michael.treschow@ubc.ca
Tel: 250.807.9362
Office: CCS 345

Bobbette Armstrong-Paisley
Department Assistant
Email: bobbette.armstrong-paisley@ubc.ca 
Tel: 250.807.9659
Office: CCS 323

Sheila Andrulevich 
Assistant to the Department Head
Email: sheila.andrulevich@ubc.ca
Tel: 250.807.9399
Office: CCS 323