Allies in Her Corner

U of T faculty and staff had this alum’s back, which enabled her to thrive

The Beauty of Language

Reading Canadian fiction and poetry helps us understand our own experience and that of others

The English of a Millennium Ago

Now at “H,” the Dictionary of Old English aims to define every word from the language’s earliest days

Literary Detective

Phyllis Grosskurth was one of Canada’s best biographers, and one of University College’s first female English professors

The Enduring Relevance of the Humanities

They open our minds to the world – and the possibilities – around us

Toronto’s Beating Heart

With the Toronto Poetry Map, a U of T English professor and Toronto Public Library unveil a whole new way to view the city

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Before Science, There Was… Literature?

Not so long ago, theories about the natural world were often put forth in poems and plays

Canada’s Next Top Author

How a creative-writing program that admits just seven students a year is cultivating the country’s next generation of literary giants

courtesy of Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer

Looking for Bears in High Park

In her new novel, Kathryn Kuitenbrouwer reimagines a strange episode from Ontario’s past


Claire Battershill’s new short story collection, Circus, explores the extraordinary

The Play’s the Thing

A PhD student hopes video will spice up Shakespeare for high school readers

In Memoriam: Ernest Sirluck

Renowned Milton scholar spearheaded plan to build Robarts Library

Of Mules and Men

Laura Clarke’s poetry wins her the RBC Bronwen Wallace Award

Literary Songbird

Katherine Larson infuses her study of English with a passion for music to find new meaning in literature

The Darkness Didn’t Take You

Melody Playford uses poetry as an outlet for sharing memories

Family History Sleuth

As a genealogical researcher, Kristina Bedford’s work runs the gamut from interpreting 11th-century documents to locating family gravestones

A Fall Day

Cáitrióna Giles writes about past wounds – and liberation from them

Illustration by Isabel Foo

The Single Life

Is ‘one’ really the loneliest number?

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Status: Indian

Jeff Dupuis writes a poetic commentary on Aboriginal Affairs

Illustration by Isabel Foo

Words, by the Numbers

What can a computer reveal about a work of fiction? Plenty, it seems

Literature Junkie

From street art to hip hop, Nick Mount connects English lit to pop culture

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At a Loss for Words

Did Alzheimer’s kill crime novelist Agatha Christie?

A.F. Moritz

Poetic Justice

A.F. Moritz takes home the Griffin Prize for The Sentinel

An Animated History

Read about the creators of Superman, Betty Boop, Popeye and other animated characters at

The Memory Keeper

Mingjin Lu is finding connections between early Chinese and Western thought

Life Before Shakespeare

Records of Early English Drama marks milestone at U of T

Making Literary Noise

Award-winning author Rosemary Sullivan to head up master’s program in creative writing

A Hero in Her Own Right

Jamaican-born nurse tended to wounded soldiers during the Crimean War

New York Stories

Many early Canadian writers migrated to the U.S.

Analyzing Freud and African Literature

Applying key concepts of Western psychoanalysis to the prose and journalism of Africa

Dramatic Findings

Theatre historians are gathering new information about early British entertainment

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