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.


Bryan Prince Bookseller,McMaster University Library, Penguin Random House Canada, and the Hamilton Arts Council are pleased to announce a special literary event with a touch of Hamilton.

Andrew O'Hagan, two-time Booker Prize nominated author, will read from his new novel, The Illuminations and Mary O'Connor, McMaster University professor, will speak about her book co-authored with Katherine Tweedie, Seduced by Modernity: The Photography of Margaret Watkins.

The event takes place on
Sunday, March 29 at 4 PM in Convocation Hall, McMaster University (UH 213).

All are welcome.


Please view poster


John Douglas Taylor Conference 2015

Performance as Research in Early English Theatre Studies: The Three Ladies of London in Context
June 23-25 2015
The Archive & Everyday Life
Idea Gallery, Ontario Science Centre
March 7 - May 25


This exhibition stems from student work produced over five years during a graduate course in cultural studies called The Archive and Everyday Life at McMaster University.

Students were asked to make an archive using objects and experiences in their everyday lives and then to critically reflect on the process – an activity that resonates with scientific practices of collection and classification in an unexpected way. Their works are experiments that expose aspects of everyday life not normally noticed or acknowledged. They also exploit and question the power of the traditional archive to register and preserve traces of history.

Inspired by the spaces of McMaster University, the McMaster Museum of Art and the ever-changing City of Hamilton, Ontario, this exhibition embraces art, theory and the everyday to convey new ways of being and perceiving.

Mary O'Connor, Professor of English and Cultural Studies, McMaster University
Simon Orpana, PhD, McMaster University
Benjamin P.F. Prus, PhD Candidate, McMaster University

Contributing Artists:
Adrienne Batke, Laura Buzzard, Stephanie Cheung, Amanda Delorey, Jeffrey Douglas, Gregory Fenton, Christien Garcia, Ailsa Kay, Jacob Keszei, Mark MacKichan, Geoff Martin, Lisa Molnar, Devon Mordell, Mary O’Connor, Simon Orpana, B.P.F. Prus, Jessie Travis, Jean-Thomas Tremblay



Level IV Seminar Ballots are now available in the Department of English & Cultural Studies and online:

Note: No forms will be accepted by email. Exceptions will only made for P/T and exchange students.

Please complete this form and return it to the English & Cultural Studies Department office CNH 321, By Monday, March 23, 2015

2015/2016 Seminar Form
Course Descriptions

Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Undergraduate Registration

Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015

Sessional Dates

Department of English & CSCT Timetable

Department of English & Cultural Studies Course Listings

Programs Offered by the Department of English & Cultural Studies

Areas of Study

Honours English (B.A) Requirement
Honours English & Mathematics (B.A)
Combined Honours In Cultural Studies and Critcal Theory and Another Subject (B.A)
Combined Honours in English and Another Subject (B.A)
English (B.A)

The Department of English and Cultural Studies at McMaster University and the Hamilton Public Library are pleased to welcome Hal Niedzviecki as the Mabel Pugh Taylor Writer-in-Residence

McMaster University Library and the Department of English & Cultural Studies and Hamilton Public Library
Invite you to


Reading by Hal Niedzviecki and writers from his residency
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
7:00 p.m- 9:00 p.m.

Great Hall, Alumni Memorial Hall (University Club)

Wine and cheese reception to follow

For more information, please contact Anne Plessl ext 24865

Featuring reading by:
Alex Drumm
Sarah McNiven-Scott
Hal Niedzviecki
Anne Savage
Elisha Stam

and Hamilton's own Christine Miscione, winner of the 2014 ReLit Award, Canada's literary prize in independent publishing, for her short story collections Auxiliary Skins.

McMaster's Writer in Residence Hal Niedzviecki wants your help to write... the McMaster Poem. What's the next line? You tell us!

Check them out on the McMaster Daily News:


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