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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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    • 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: My Favourite Book is: Asking an English major to pick their favourite book is comparable, in my opinion, to asking a parent to pick a favourite child. But, poetry is my genre of choice. I'm also a fan of Dr. Seuss.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English
    • Department: What I Like Best About Studying English at Ryerson: The variety - from the different experiences, to the unique professors, to the diverse course selection that the English program at Ryerson has to offer. It's a pretty weird (good weird) experience to having a Shakespearean text from your 16th century course in your bag next to the Carrie DVD from a gothic course.
      Education: Spoken Word Poet
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English
    • Department: My Favourite Thing About Toronto is: The opportunities in Toronto are (nearly) endless. If there is something you would like to try or experience, it is likely you can do it or find it here.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English
    • 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