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Faculty List

  • K. Akiwenzie-Damm, M.A. (Ottawa), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • M. Assif, B.A. (Hassan II), M.A., Ph.D. (Case Western Reserve), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • C. Bolus-Reichert, M.A., Ph.D. (Indiana), Associate Professor 
  • U. Chakravarty, B.A. (Columbia), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor 
  • R.M. Brown, M.A., Ph.D. (Binghamton), Professor Emeritus
  • M.C. Cuddy-Keane, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor Emerita
  • N. Dolan, M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), Associate Professor
  • A. DuBois, B.A. (Duke), Ph.D. (Harvard), Associate Professor
  • D. Flynn, M.A., Ph.D. (Berkeley), Lecturer
  • K. Gaston, A.B. (Princeton), M.Phil. (Cambridge), Ph.D. (Pennsylvania), Assistant Professor 
  • M.B. Goldman, M.A. (Victoria), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • S.D. King, M.A., Ph.D. (Western), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K.R. Larson, M.Phil., M.St. (Oxford), Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • G. Leonard, M.A., Ph.D. (Florida), Professor
  • R. Lundy, M.A. (Saskatchewan), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • A. Maurice, M.A., Ph.D. (Cornell), Associate Professor
  • A. Milne, M.A., Ph.D. (McMaster), Lecturer
  • S. Nikkila, B.A. (Harvard), Ph.D. (Edinburgh), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • Y. Ryzhik, Ph.D. (Harvard), Assistant Professor (CLTA) 
  • S. Sathiyaseelan, M.A. (Nebraska-Lincoln), Ph.D. (Florida State), Assistant Professor, Teaching Stream
  • S. Saljoughi, B.A. (Toronto), M.A. (Ryerson), M.A. (Ryerson), Ph.D. (Minnesota), Assistant Professor
  • N. ten Kortenaar, M.A., Ph.D. (Toronto), Professor
  • D. Tysdal, B.A. (Regina), M.A. (Acadia), M.A. (Toronto), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream
  • K. Vernon, B.A., M.A. (Simon Fraser), Ph.D. (Victoria), Associate Professor
  • L. Wey, M.A., Ph.D. (Harvard), Lecturer
  • A. Westoll, B.Sc. (Queens), M.F.A. (UBC), Associate Professor, Teaching Stream


Chair: N. ten Kortenaar

The discipline of English at UTSC explores the rich variety of texts produced in the English-speaking world across historical periods and geographical boundaries. Encompassing creative writing, film studies, and literature, our curriculum encourages students to think and write critically about the development of particular genres, the relationship between literary works and other art forms, and the production and dissemination of texts in different historical and cultural contexts. The English programs at UTSC give students the tools to engage with new ways of thinking, speaking, and writing about the world around them and, in so doing, to interact with and to change that world through critical language and argument.

  • A-level courses introduce students to the study of English at the university level.
  • B-level courses have no prerequisites and are available both to beginners and to more advanced students.
  • C-level courses are designed to build upon previous work. While they are open to all upper-level students, they presuppose some background in critical skills.
  • D-level courses provide opportunities for more sophisticated studies and require some independent work on the part of the student. These courses are generally restricted in enrolment and focus on seminar discussions.

Students are advised to check the prerequisites for C- and D-level courses when planning their individual programs, and to consult with the Program Supervisor before taking courses on other campuses.

Students planning to pursue graduate studies in English are advised to include ENGC15H3 within their program (it is required for the English Specialist) and to consider enrolling in ENGD98Y3, an intensive capstone seminar that provides qualified students with the opportunity to develop a senior essay project under the supervision of a faculty member in English. The Program Supervisor is available by appointment to advise students selecting courses with graduate study in mind.

Combined Degree Programs, Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
The Combined Degree Programs for UTSC Honours Bachelor of Science (HBSc) /Honours Bachelor of Arts (HBA) with the Master of Teaching (MT) offered by the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education provide students with a direct pathway to the completion, in 6 years, of their Undergraduate degree, Ontario Teacher’s Certificate of Qualifications, and Master’s degree.​ These Combined Degree Programs allow students to complete 1.0 credit in courses that may be counted towards both degrees.

The Combined Degree Programs options are:

  • English (Specialist), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Specialist Co-op), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Major), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching
  • English (Major Co-op), Honours Bachelor of Arts/ Master of Teaching

For more information, including Admission and Program requirements, see the Combined Degree Programs section of the Calendar.​

Guidelines for first-year course selection
ENGA01H3 and ENGA02H3 introduce students to the study of literature at the university level and are part of the core requirements for the English Specialist, Major, and Minor.
ENGA03H3 introduces students to the craft of creative writing and is required for admission to the Creative Writing Minor. ENGA10H3 and/or ENGA11H3 provide another valuable entry point to introductory work in literary studies. First-year students who are considering the Minor in Literature and Film Studies should enroll in ENGA10H3 and/or ENGA11H3, which are part of the core requirements for this program. All of these courses are also open to students with a general interest in English. First-year are welcome to begin taking B-level classes alongside their introductory 

The Minor Programs in both Creative Writing and Film & Literature Studies can be paired alongside a Major Program in English, if desired, as there are enough exclusive credits between program requirements.

English Courses

The following categories offer a broad orientation to English as a discipline and suggest some of our department’s core areas of strength. They can be a guide for selecting related courses as students move through the program. They also highlight some of the possible routes and threads students can follow as they develop particular areas of interest.   

Students should keep in mind that these categories are not mutually exclusive and that an important aspect of studying English literature involves thinking critically about the construction of historical and thematic boundaries. Students are also encouraged to develop thematic routes and threads through the program that reflect their individual areas of interest. Faculty members are available for individual consultation to discuss possibilities.

Medieval Literature

Early Modern (Renaissance) Literature

Long 18th-Century British Literature  

Long 19th-Century British Literature (Includes Romantic and Victorian)

Modernism, Modernity, and Postmodernity

Canadian Literature

American Literature

Postcolonial, Diasporic, and World Literatures

Form and Genre

Aspects of Theory

Literature, Culture, and the Other Arts

Creative Writing

Literature and Film Studies

Experiential Learning and Outreach
For a community-based experiential learning opportunity in your academic field of interest, consider the course CTLB03H3, which can be found in the Teaching and Learning section of the Calendar.