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.

The Department of English and Cultural Studies and the Graduate Program in Gender Studies & Feminist Research is pleased to present the first speaker's event of the year

Tavia Nyong'o
Associate Professor, Performance Studies, New York University

Accelerating Queerness: New Media,
Hypersensitivity, and the Future of Autopoiesis

Friday, September 26, 2014
2:30 pm
MDCL 3024

All Welcome

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Fall/Winter 2014-2015 Undergraduate Registration

Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015

Sessional Dates

Classes begin Thursday, September 4th.
Tutorials Start Thursday, September 11th.

Deptartment of English & CSCT Timetable

Department of English & Cultural Course Listings

Programs Offered by 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)


If you would like to request a seat in a English & Cultural Studies Course please fill out a Request Form.


**New TAs Must Attend The English & Cultural Studies Seminars During the week of
Sept 2nd & 5Th, 2014.
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Graduate Course Timetable
for 2014-2015

**All Graduate Courses Start**
Monday, September 8th
. Term 1

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


"My experience as a lab rat has left me feeling sick about how we treat animals"
By David L. Clark

Behind the lens: Being critical of visual media
key to Vanier Scholarship

By Colin Czerneda

Clorinde Peters is a recent recipient of a Vanier Canada Graduate Scholarship created by the Canadian government in 2008. The scholarship is a prestigious award for Canadian researchers who receive up to $50,000 a year for three years for their research accomplishments.

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