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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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    • Eva Hellreich, an English B.A. student at Ryerson, in Edinburgh, Scotland, during her study abroad year through the Department's exchange program
    • Department: I studied at Edinburgh Napier University for a year as part of the Department's international exchange program.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts, English, 4th year
    • Phoenix Simms
    • Department: I took part in a Ryerson 'Hackathon' exploring creative ways to use digital technology for storytelling.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts, English
    • 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
    • Department: The Best Advice I ever Received was: “How you feel about yourself will be the most important thing in this world to you for the rest of your life. It’s going to come before your friends, family, and job because you and your self-esteem are the foundation —the bridge— for everything else. “
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - Arts and Contemporary Studies, English option
    • Department: The Department of English’s Literatures of Modernity MA program offers a dynamic blend of literary period studies and critical theory. With interests in several fields of English studies, I was delighted to take courses in 18th century literature, rhetoric studies, and post-colonial representation.
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: In addition to the great professors and courses, I really enjoyed the practicum option, which provided me with the opportunity to be connected with Toronto's publishing community.
      Education: Assistant Communications Coordinator, Harbourfront Centre
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: I chose Ryerson for my Masters degree because I was looking for a program that was more dynamic than the traditional English Literature M.A. While at Ryerson, I was able to enrich my relationship with literature through interdisciplinary and practical projects.
      Education: Proofreader
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: The Literatures of Modernity program welcomes its students with friendly faculty, important career development opportunities, and a stimulating intellectual environment.
      Education: Research Assistant
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • 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: 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.
    • 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: 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: 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: From pulp fiction to memoir, from Canada to the Caribbean, we will explore a variety of genres and regions to better understand the socio-historical contexts within which “Chineseness” as alien otherness was constructed in the West and how members of the Chinese diaspora confront this historical legacy, and contest and renegotiate their identities as Overseas Chinese in their writing.
    • Department: Toronto, like several major cities in North America and the UK, boasts a sizable and vibrant Caribbean community. Similar to their parents and other first-generation immigrants, second-generation Caribbean-Canadians understand and are constantly negotiating complex identity formations and communal affiliations within the larger Canadian society.
    • Head shot of author Jowita Bydlowska
    • Department: Throughout the term, students have been reading and thinking about the genre of auto/biography in relational terms, querying, for instance, who has the right to tell life stories that necessarily involve others, the ethics of revealing family secrets, and how contemporary memoirs drive and reflect audience demand for self-revelation.