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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: 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: In the future I hope to use my English degree to attain a Masters in Public Administration at Ryerson and eventually work in government, taking my mission to create community and support growth into the public policy realm.
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English (graduated June 2016)
    • Department: Making her way into her final year as a BA English student, Caitlyn Ng talks about her role as Editorial Assistant with The White Wall, and her new found love of poetry (and existing love for prose).
      Phone: Bachelor of Arts - English
    • 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: At Ryerson, I TA-ed two literature sections, worked as an r.a. at the Centre for Digital Humanities, was funded to attend a week-long conference with Ryerson colleagues, and published my first article in an academic journal.
      Phone: Literatures of Modernity MA program, English
    • Department: Through the unique structure of the Literatures of Modernity program, I was able to simultaneously explore professional and academic paths.
      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: 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.