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Message from the Chair

Welcome to the growing and dynamic English Department at Ryerson University. We are proud to be part of Canada's most forward-looking University, located in the heart of its largest and most diverse city. This diversity and energy is reflected in our student body, our faculty members, our course offerings, and our department’s scholarly research and creative work.

We are especially proud of our department’s strengths in transnational and urban literatures and cultures, digital and transmedia perspectives, and creative expression.

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    • Department: My Favourite Thing About Toronto is: Toronto is home for me. I grew up minutes from downtown, and the city continues to inspire me to this day.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English (4th year)
    • Department: What I Like Best About Studying English at Ryerson: Being able to study in such a diverse setting, and all of the experiential learning opportunities that are provided, such as the internships available and the project courses, truly make Ryerson a valuable learning environment. There is a certain freshness, apparent in the wide variety of unique courses to choose from, that makes English at Ryerson feel as if it has been developed with the student, not for the student.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English (4th year)
    • Department: Having completed my undergraduate degree at a large university, I appreciated that Ryerson’s Literatures of Modernity master’s program was intimate.
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: It was through my English MA at Ryerson that I met the Books Editor for the National Post. He came to our practicum meeting for a Q&A, and I struck up a conversation with him afterwards that led to my first published book review
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: The best thing about this program is its intimate size, which allows for greater engagement and collaboration between students and faculty than a typical graduate program.
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: When I started to look for a place to do my English MA in Canada, I came across Ryerson’s website. Among the faculty listing, I encountered men and women, young, middle-aged, and elderly faces, Africans, Caucasians, Asians – in short, the world in one place! And I knew where I was headed…
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: Dr. Derkatch’s research and teaching focus on rhetorical theory and criticism, particularly rhetorics of science, medicine, and health. Dr. Derkatch received the 2013 Ryerson Faculty of Arts New Faculty Teaching Award.
    • Department: The biography I am working on, the idea for which originated in a 2009 article about Neuhaus’ writing that I published in The Walrus magazine, proposes to tell Richard John Neuhaus’ story in just these terms, as a remarkable American life in the public square.
    • Department: Andrew O’Malley is an associate professor in the Department of English, specializing in children’s and popular cultures. He is the Director of the Children’s Literature archive, and is the author of two monographs: The Making of the Modern Child: Children’s Literature and Childhood in the Late Eighteenth Centuryand Children’s Literature, Popular Culture, and Robinson Crusoe
    • Department: Dr. Boyd’s “The Texting Wilde Project: Developing Computer-Assisted Methods for the Analysis of Life Writing” was awarded a Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada grant.
    • Department: My current research project investigates the historical significance of the museum as an evolving cultural institution during the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth centuries, and examines its close relationship to a set of key tropes associated with Romantic literature and visual culture, in particular those related to memory, antiquity, and the re-imagining of the past.