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).

Rachel Lallouz has made the 2020 CBC Nonfiction Prize longlist for What Remains. The winner will receive $6,000 from the Canada Council for the Arts, attend a two-week writing residency at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity and will have their work published by CBC Books.

Dr. David Oswald, recent PhD graduate, happy to be featured in _The Matter of Disability: Materiality, Biopolitics, Crip Affect_ (U of Michigan P, 2019).

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.

UVic Libraries' exhibit "Volatile Attractions: Saul Holiff, Johnny Cash, and Managing a Music Legend," curated by recent PhD graduate Dr. Samantha MacFarlane, wins the prestigious 2019 RBMS Leab Exhibition Award.

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.

PhD Candidate Tracey El Hajj has won an inaugural President's Fellowship in Research-Enriched Teaching. As a President's Fellow, Tracey taught ENGL 395 (Special Topics in Cultural Studies) in Spring 2020 on the topic of "Artificial Intelligence in Everyday Life."

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. 

Explore our MA and PhD programs, courses, Graduate Handbook​, and the links below to find out more.


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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