Department of English

Illustration of a singer that looks like a robot

Alexa, Compose Me a Song

So far, machines are not very good at creating original art, such as pop tunes and short stories. Could it be they’re missing something uniquely human?

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The Wife’s Tale

In her new book, Aida Edemariam shares stories of her grandmother, who survived violence at home – and civil war

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Without a Trace

Rebecca Rosenblum's new novel highlights how a victim’s voice gets lost in tragedy

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Literary Detective

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

The Toronto Poetry Map gives new meaning to familiar locations, such as Grange Park.

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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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

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Spectacular

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

Katherine Larson. Illustration by Adam Cruft

Literary Songbird

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

Family History Sleuth

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

An Animated History

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

Dramatic Findings

Theatre historians are gathering new information about early British entertainment