Creative Writing has been a hallmark of our department since early in our history. We have offered creative writing:
- At the undergraduate level since 1974
- As a thesis option in our MA program since 1987
- In our PhD program since 1990
Our faculty and students earn national and international acclaim. They actively contribute to the Calgary and Canadian arts communities.
Texts and technologies
Scholars in our department study how texts are transformed by the technologies they inhabit, from the codex to the computer.
We study the histories of texts’ material conditions of production and reception. We curate exhibits and edit texts for publication. And we study and teach letterpress technologies for disseminating texts.
Our research in traditional British literature examines and challenges period formation from the medieval to Modernism.
And our focus on historical texts extends to Canadian, American and Transatlantic as well as Transnational literatures.
We also study texts’ material histories from medieval manuscripts to printed books. Our digital humanists design databases, produce and theorize digital editions, and use machines to treat texts as data for visualizations. We collaborate with our colleagues in libraries and archives, and in fields from computer science to museum and media studies.
Medieval and Early Modern Literatures Faculty
Eighteenth-Century Literatures faculty
Nineteenth-Century Literatures faculty
Twentieth-Century Literatures faculty
Book History, Print Culture, and the Digital Humanities faculty
Popular literatures and genres
Our research in popular literatures and genres spans periods, media, and boundaries.
Faculty members research, teach, and train graduate students in areas such as:
comics studies (Bart Beaty),
children’s and young adult literature (Derritt Mason),
speculative fiction (Stefania Forlini, Anthony Camara, L.Rain Prud'homme-Cranford)
popular women’s writing (Karen Bourrier, Faye Halpern, David Sigler).
We offer courses in comics and graphic novels, science fiction and fantasy, and children’s and young adult literature. Our senior-level courses provide opportunities for specialized study at an advanced level.
Our graduate program offers courses on popular women writers, comics studies, and other forms of popular literature.
On the UCalgary campus, we have internationally-recognized library resources in speculative fiction (the Bob Gibson collection) and comics (the George Morley Collection).
Global literatures and theory
An early area of specialization in the department was what was once called Commonwealth literature.
We have housed the quarterly journal ARIEL (A Review of International English Literature) since 1970. ARIEL has readers and subscribers in more than 50 countries.
ARIEL continues to be a leading field journal, dedicated to the study of new and established literatures in English around the world. The journal gives special attention to issues of diaspora and globalization.
Global Literatures and Theory remains a significant area of research strength in our department. Research in this area intersects with a wide range of theoretical and critical approaches and crosses periods and national and geographical boundaries.
Critical and literary theory
Our department has a long history of research strength in critical and literary theory, an area into which we have successfully recruited graduate students for many years. A large concentration of our faculty members make research contributions in this field.
A longstanding research area in our department. Our research in Canadian literature is complemented by and integrated with the significant collection of Canadian material in the university’s Special Collections and Archives, including the papers of Nobel laureate Alice Munro.
Research contributions in this area include:
work in ecocritical and environmental studies
archival research, including exploration documents and narratives
postcolonial and indigenous studies
race and identity.
UCalgary is an important centre of Canadian studies, attracting graduate students from across Canada and abroad.
Scholarship of teaching and learning
Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) is an area of research strength supported by individual projects as well as by grants from and collaborations with the Taylor Institute for Teaching and Learning.