Graduate student Alana Sayers
Graduate student Alana Sayers says UVic’s size offers the opportunity to build relationships with all levels of faculty and staff to create new futures and possibilities.

Our close-knit and supportive community allows you to fully immerse yourself in literature and writing. Working with our diverse faculty will encourage you to explore topics you are passionate about.

With us, you’ll build professional skills in literary research and teaching and expand your knowledge in many fields of study such as:

  • From Anglo-Saxon to contemporary, postcolonial, Canadian, and American literature and theory
  • Cultural, Social, and Political Thought
  • Literatures of the West Coast (MA only)
  • Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MA only)
  • Nineteenth Century Studies (MA only)

Our faculty members have wide-ranging research and teaching interests strengths in all areas of British, Canadian and American literature, from the medieval period to the present, including literary and critical theory and the postcolonial period. 

Find out more about our programs and courses or consult our graduate handbook. 

EGSS Colloquium 2018

The Mod Squad is an interdisciplinary Modernist reading group organized by two Ph.D. students, Amy Tang and Kevin Tunnicliffe, from the Department of English at UVic. Currently, the group has faculty members and grad students from departments across the Humanities and Fine Arts, and members from UVic libraries. The group’s primary goal is to establish a community of modernist scholars on campus and online. The group meets on the last Thursday of every month.

For more information, please  or .

Check out the Mod Squad blog

Thanks, and long live the modernists!

Amy and Kevin

The Mod Squad


Graduate Award News

Congratulations to the following graduate students on their success in recent funding awards:

External Awards:

SSHRC Doctoral Joseph-Armand Bombardier Canada Graduate Scholarship: David Eso (2017-2020)

SSHRC Doctoral Fellowship : Alyssa Arbuckle (2027-2021)

SSHRC Canada Graduate Scholarship (MA): Kailey Fukushima (2017/18); Iona Lister (2017/18); Heidi Rennert (2017/18)

University of Victoria Awards:

Kelly Curtis Award ($650): Janice Niemann

Charles & Ruth Haywood Memorial Scholarship in English Literature ($9,700):  Alana Sayers

William & Doreen Kerby Scholarship in Medieval British Literature ($1,000): Stephanie Lahey

Margot K. Louis Award ($2,375): Amy Tang

Mairi Riddell Memorial Book Prize ($225): Heidi Rennert 

Dr. Shelley Anne Martin Memorial Scholarship ($1,100): Chase Templet

Pat Koster Scholarship in Early Women’s Writing ($2,175): Linsdey Seatter

Hugh Campbell and Marion Alice Small Fund for Scottish Studies scholarships ($11,000 each): Emily Arvay, Caroline Winter

William Petrie Library Scholarship ($1,000): Rachel Lallouz

Welcome to the Spring 2018 ProD and Advanced Skills seminar series!

The regular meeting slot is Wednesday at 3.30-4.20pm in the Department Meeting Room (Cle C344). Please note that some events will be held at a different time and/or place, as indicated below.

To participate in a workshop, enroll in the Course Spaces ProD site (“English Department Graduate ProD Seminars”). If you forget to register you can still turn up, but registration secures your place and space is limited. If you register and change your mind, please un-register as soon as possible so that others can take your place.

Remember that you are expected to attend some of the workshops, as appropriate to your stage in the program. I recommend that you discuss which workshops are most suitable for you with your supervisor (if you have one), your Faculty Mentor, and/or with me.

ProD = Professional Development (how to be a successful academic)

Advanced skills = Deepening research skills and methodologies (how to research and write successfully, often with alternative-academic, post-academic and non-academic relevance)

The writing group sessions, which take place roughly every other week, are designed to make your writing (no matter what stage you are in your program) more powerful, cogent, and persuasive, as well as to provide tips for effective time management

Spring 2018 schedule