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  • Congratulations to Hamilton Literary Award Winners Daniel Coleman and Shane Neilson!

    Professor Daniel Coleman’s Yardwork took home the Non-Fiction Book Award and the Kerry Schooley Book Award, and PhD Candidate Shane Neilson won the Poetry Award for Dysphoria.

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  • PhD candidate Shane Neilsen wins SSHRC’s 2018 Talent Award

    PhD Candidate Shane Neilsen has been awarded the SSHRC 2018 Talent Award, which recognizes outstanding achievement by a current SSHRC doctoral scholarship holder. For more information about Shane’s work, and this wonderful recognition, follow this link.  

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  • John Douglas Taylor Conference: Engendering the Stage in the Age of Shakespeare and Beyond

    Casting women in men’s roles may seem like a radical departure of our times. So might portrayals of early modern characters by trans and non-binary actors. Yet playing with gender was in fact an exciting feature of early modern theatre practice across Europe.

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  • Distinguished Visiting Professor Qwo-Li Driskill

    Qwo-Li Driskill is a (non-citizen) Cherokee Two-Spirit and Queer writer, activist, and performer also of African, Irish, Lenape, Lumbee, and Osage ascent.

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  • The Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts

    The Centre for Community-Engaged Narrative Arts (CCENA, co-directed by Daniel Coleman and Lorraine York) will hold its first gathering on March 1, 2016. CCENA understands society to be formed of various interpretive communities, whose outlooks and objectives are formed by the narratives through which they imagine themselves, their relationships, and their purposes.

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  • Graduate Programs in English & Cultural Studies

    Apply before January 15, 2018 to be considered for the next academic year. Find out how.   

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  • Find out about our Five Undergraduate Degree Options

    Did you know we offer five undergraduate degree options? Find out about them.

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Department of English & Cultural Studies

Welcome to the Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University. We have a tradition of outstanding scholarship and teaching in the field of English, and our graduate and undergraduate programs have strong reputations.

We combine long-standing commitments to the exploration of British, American, and Canadian literature of all periods with expertise in Postcolonial literature and cultures and in approaches to literary study that emphasize transnational connections. We were among the first English Departments in Canada to develop courses and programs in Cultural Studies and Critical Theory, and we strongly believe that these offerings foster a unique and valuable set of critical, analytical, and communications skills in our students.

Please explore our website for information about our undergraduate and graduate programs, our faculty and students, our visiting speakers series, our Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer in Residence program, our annual John Douglas Taylor Conference, and the journals we edit. If you have any questions do not hesitate to contact us.

Dr. Peter Walmsley
Chair, The Department of English & Cultural Studies


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