Congratulations to recent PhD graduate Denae Dyck on her amazing accomplishment in winning the Governor General’s Gold Medal for the most outstanding academic record at the doctoral level at UVic. Her dissertation, entitled "Forming Wisdom: Biblical Criticism, Creative Interpretation, and the Poetics of the Victorian Sage" was supervised to completion by Lisa Surridge.

Congratulations to MA candidate Lucas Simpson for his new article, “Prayer Book Communion and The Spanish Tragedy” accepted for publication in the very prestigious journal Renaissance and Reformation. The article will be available to read this spring.

Read the new article by PhD candidate Lucie Kotesovska, “Immanent Spirituality and Legitimacy of Poetry in Seamus Heaney’s ‘Squarings’ in the pages of Postgraduate Studies (

PhD student and poet, Saba Pakdel, has been invited to a min-interview by Thomas Whyte at Poetry Mini. Whyte interviews contemporary poets and posts their responses in five parts that appear weekly on his blog at ( The first part of mini-interview with Saba is now live on Poetry Mini weblog and Twitter account (

Read the new article by MA Candidate Farhad Poordakan, "Baudrillard, Hyperreality, and the Evil in Othello and The Hateful Eight" in the journal Cinej, Vol. 9, No. 1 (2021).

Incoming PhD student, Saba Pakdel, has been offered a place in Summer Writers Session 2021 (online) at Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity. It is a 7-day writing program instructed by Jordan Abel and Kaie Kellough from August 7 to 13, and her work will be published in Banff annual catalogue by the end of the program. Saba has also had three of her poems published at periodicities : a journal of poetry and poetics, edited and lovingly maintained by Rob Mclennan!

Read the new article by MA Candidate Jamie Zabel, “'This can't be the scene': Nostalgia and Representations of Mod in Quadrophenia and Absolute Beginners” in the journal Moveable Type, Vol. 12, ‘Nostalgia’ (2020).

Read the new article by PhD Candidate Stephanie J. Lahey, “On the Origin and Provenance of Victoria, McPherson Library, Doc.Brown.4: Sir Thomas Mowbray’s Care of Newnham Priory,” in a special issue on medieval manuscripts in Canada for the journal _Florilegium_ 33 (2019): 63–91. James Kendrick and Lynnea Ness (MAs, 2016) have co-authored a piece with Dr. Adrienne Williams Boyarin in the same issue, featuring work developed through their courses in Special Collections and Archives.

Read the new article by recent PhD graduate Yan Tang, "Atmospheric Violence: Samuel Beckett's Aesthetics of Respiration," featured in journal _LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory_ 30.2 (2019): 103-119.

In the Department of English, distinguished faculty help both MA and PhD students gain advanced expertise in literary studies and achieve their research and professional goals. 

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My time as a graduate student in UVic’s Department of English was one of immense personal and professional growth. I found myself welcomed by world-class faculty, challenged by opportunities to build community both within and beyond my cohort, and enriched by intellectual crosswalks between the department and other segments of campus. In particular, the deeply collegial environment of my peer group inspired me to seek out global communities through scholarship: at conferences, through grant opportunities, and with single and multi-authored publications. To the extent that UVic's island setting offers students opportunities to relax, exercise, and connect with the natural world, it equally invites students to think and work beyond its visible borders.

Dr. Alex Christie (UVic doctoral student 2012-16) 
Assistant Professor in Digital Prototyping (appointed 2016) 
Centre for Digital Humanities, Brock University