English Language & Literature

Faculty of Humanities

English Language & Literature

 Future Undergraduate Students

A Message from the Chair

Welcome to the Department of English Language & Literature! I'm Dr Ann Howey, and I am currently chair of the department. My research and teaching interests include the legends of King Arthur from the medieval period to the present in a variety of media and genres, as well as young people's literature and science fiction and fantasy.

As that description might suggest, our department has faculty who pursue a range of diverse research projects into texts that are not always traditionally thought of as "Literature," and we bring these unique (and for some of my colleagues, ground-breaking) research interests into our classrooms. Students who choose Brock's English programs, therefore, have the opportunity to learn about traditional, canonical texts and approaches as well as less conventional ones. It makes for a diverse and exciting community of scholars.

Becoming part of this community as an undergraduate student gives you a number of options for study.

·         The majority of our students are enrolled in one of our English literature degree programs. The "list" courses required by these programs ensure that students get to study literature from a range of time periods and genres, as well as having exposure to literary theory; however, within these requirements there is room for you to follow the specific interests that you discover.

·         We also have an English-Creative Writing program, which offers students the opportunity to study literature and to participate in workshop-style classes to hone their creative writing skills in poetry, fiction, and non-fiction.

·         We also offer degree options in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies where students can study rhetorical theory, its history, and its applications; these degrees will increasingly combine theoretical and practical areas.

Some of these degree programs can be combined with programs from other disciplines as well, allowing students to tailor their university degree to their specific interests and goals. Students interested in any of these programs should make an application through OUAC (Ontario Universities Application Centre) to Brock University for the "Faculty of Humanities" (BHE).

The department also is home to student groups such as the English Students' Association or the Creative Writers Club. These student-led organizations arrange different activities and events, providing opportunities for students to become part of an engaged community.

For the 2016-17 academic year, we will be running the following four first-year courses. ENGL 1F91 - English Literature Tradition and Innovation provides a survey of English Literature from the medieval period to the present; it will be taught by Dr Barbara Seeber, who researches Jane Austen as well as animal studies and who was the winner of the 2014 Faculty of Humanities Award for Excellence in Teaching. ENGL 1F95 - Literature in English: Forms, Themes and Approaches takes its readings primarily from the nineteenth and twentieth century; it will be taught by Dr Neta Gordon, who researches contemporary Canadian fictiona and drama and who was the winner of the 2011 Faculty of Humanities Excellence in Teaching award. ENGL 1F97 - Literature of Trauma and Recovery focuses on narratives of illness, violence, death, and mourning; it will be taught by Dr Sue Spearey, who researches South African literatures and who was Chancellor's Chair for Teaching Excellence 2005-2008. WRDS 1F90 - Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies: An Introduction explores histories and theories of rhetoric and writing as well as writing practices in different media and for different audiences; it will be taught by Dr Gale Coskan-Johnson, who researches the rhetorics of sovereign power and transnational migration, and who has been instrumental in developing the new Honours degree in Writing, Rhetoric, and Discourse Studies for the department.

Although the professors who teach these first-year courses may change from year to year, what does not change is this: we always offer a selection of first-year courses to meet a range of student interests and needs; these first-year courses are always taught by full-time faculty members; these courses always include some discussion component-- that means seminar groups of no more than 20 students in conjunction with the weekly lectures.

If you would like more information, feel free to contact me (ahowey@brocku.ca). Hope to see you at Brock soon!

Dr Ann Howey    





photo of Dr. Ann Howey, Chair

Dr. Ann Howey
Chair of the English Department

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