Our tradition in the Graduate Program in English at YorkU has always been to challenge the idea of tradition itself, to seek out the limits of established ideas, and to attend to new ones. We are proud of our reputation for adventurous, interdisciplinary, and innovative approaches to literature. Trail-blazing into the new, creating valuable knowledge, and assessing significance in every field of literary history, criticism and theory requires truly comprehensive knowledge, skilful research, and thought-provoking writing. Our program is carefully and supportively designed to help students develop into the next generation of important scholars.
Our faculty and courses represent a compelling range of theoretical, historical and critical approaches to literature across the historical sweep of English-language literatures in all genres from their very beginnings to today’s global spectrum of voices and expressive forms. Study with prize-winning graduate faculty in American, British, Canadian, Postcolonial, Diasporic, and World Literatures. Study in depth the periods of Medieval and Renaissance, 18th-century and Romantics, Victorianism and Modernism, the 20th-century and the truly contemporary with an array of disciplinary theories that will energize and change how you read and think.
The Graduate Program in English at York University is pleased to offer Canada’s first Graduate Diploma in World Literature, which can be pursued in concert with your MA or PhD degree.