Carleton’s PhD English program recognizes the shaping power of cultural context for understanding the production of literature. It is devoted to the study of the production, circulation and reception of texts within and across established fields, 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 mediated by the shaping influence of broader legal, technological, political and social contexts.

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.

Fields of Specialization

  • Production of Literature

Faculty Research Highlights

  • Pius Adesanmi.  Winner of the Penguin prize for African Writing for his book You’re Not a Country, Africa!
  • Sarah Brouillette. Author of Postcolonial Writers and the Global Literary Marketplace and winner of a Leverhulme Fellowship
  • Dana Dragunoiu.  Author of Vladimir Nabokov and the Poetics of Liberalism – just out with Northwestern University Press
  • Paul Keen. Author of Literature, Commerce, and the Spectacle of Modernity, 1750-1800 and The Crisis of Literature in the 1790s: Print Culture and the Public Sphere.
  • Stuart J. Murray, Canada Research Chair in Rhetoric and Ethics. Author of many articles in journals such as Philosophy & Rhetoric, Bioethics and Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience.

Program Information

Length: 4 years

Entry Terms:

Fall Application Deadline: February 1

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Contact: Graduate Supervisor –  Travis DeCook

Pathway Options: Thesis

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