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Welcome to the Department of

English Literature

We believe that the best way to develop crucial analytical skills is by exchanging and testing ideas in workshop settings and small-group discussions led by experienced and dedicated teachers. We are passionate about discussing literature and exchanging ideas with our students.

We introduce our students to literature in English, from its beginnings over a thousand years ago in Anglo-Saxon England, to its current status as the global medium of culture and communication. We study the language of our daily existence (whether that language happens to be Shakespearean, Canadian, Chaucerian or Jamaican) in works of the imagination, which confront the pressing and enduring issues in our lives and our world.   

We invite you to join the discussion!




Get Involved!


The Trent English Student Society (TESS and TESSO, in Oshawa) is the place to meet fellow book lovers, learn about literary events, and get inspiration and support. Check it out on Facebook!



What can I do after my studies in


Whether you're still contemplating studying English, already taking classes, or on the hunt for a job, you should check out the Career Centre's guide to using your Trent English Literature degree.

You will find information on the skills developed in the program, sample fields of work, professional associations, the alumni-student mentoring program, and much more.




Works of Art by P.K. Page Irwin, Housed at Traill College



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P.K. Page's Exciting Legacy to

Trent and the English Department