The master’s degree enables our students to study literatures in English from a wide range of national and transnational contexts, historical periods and genres. It addresses questions about what people understand by the idea of literature in different times and places and why it matters; about who should have access to literature, either as readers or writers; about the power of literature to forge communities and, in doing so, to be a force for change; and about how these issues are influenced by broader legal, technological, political and social contexts.

Collaborative specializations in African Studies and Digital Humanities are also available. And we recently added a collaborative specialization in Climate Change.

Capital Advantage

Our students benefit both research-wise and career-wise from the wealth of institutions that are located in Canada’s capital city. Ottawa is home to government departments, foreign embassies, many non-governmental associations, research institutes, and arts organizations.

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Sarah Brouillette. Author of UNESCO and the Fate of the Literary (Stanford UP, 2019)
  • Travis DeCook. Author of The Origins of the Bible and Early Modern Political Thought: Revelation and the Boundaries of Scripture (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2021)
  • Paul Keen. Author of A Defence of the Humanities in a Utilitarian Age: Imagining What We Know, 1800-1850 (Palgrave Macmillan, forthcoming 2020)
  • Barbara Leckie. Author of Open Houses: Poverty, the Novel, and the Architectural Idea in Nineteenth-Century Britain (U Pennsylvania P, 2018)
  • Jody Mason. Author of Home Feelings: Liberal Citizenship and the Canadian Reading Camp Movement (McGill Queen’s UP, 2019)
  • Stuart J. Murray, Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric and Ethics. Co-Editor of Radical Sex Between Men (Routledge, 2018)
  • Franny Nudelman. Author of Fighting Sleep: The War for the Mind and the U.S. Military (Verso, 2019)
  • Andrew Wallace. Author of The Presence of Rome in Medieval and Early Modern Britain: Texts, Artifacts, and Beliefs (Cambridge UP, forthcoming 2020)

Program Information

Length: 12 months

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Contact:  Graduate Supervisor Travis DeCook

Pathway Options: Coursework, , Thesis

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