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 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


Student Media Workshop: Our Selfies, Ourselves?

Are you interested in selfie culture? Do you wonder why self-representation in images is so prevalent today? Do you think about how selfies help us understand ourselves and others? If so, then this workshop is for you! Hosted by Dr. Sarah Brophy and Dr. Janice Hladki, the co-curators of the exhibition This is Me, This is Also Me, the workshop provides an opportunity for you to engage collaboratively in activities and conversations designed to help us consider the implications of selfie culture. The workshop will be held on February 5, 4:30-6:30 PM at the McMaster Museum of Art, and you can register for the event here. This workshop has been funded by Forward with Integrity, Office of the President.

This is Me, This is Also Me

McMaster Museum of Art
November 6, 2014 - March 21, 2015
Curators: Sarah Brophy and Janice Hladki

Exhibition Details

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Undergraduate Calendar 2014-2015

Sessional Dates

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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)


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

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

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