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an old door is unlocked with an old key leading to more cultural awareness

Future Students

an old door is unlocked with an old key leading to more cultural awareness


Literature & Narrative

How do we tell our stories? As a student in the Literature and Narrative specialization, you will take your studies beyond the book to look at how storytelling changes when told through theatre, oral narrative, television, and film, and how history, geography, and genre influence storytelling. By studying everything from Banksy’s graffiti to Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita, participate in discussions that open up the relationships between narrative and culture, with a focus on historical context or an engagement with a specific genre to challenge literary conventions.

Break the mold of traditional literary and narrative studies by studying stories that do not take place page and redefine how we categorize storytelling.


Students who have fulfilled the requirements for a single- or joint-major degree in Cultural Studies may graduate with a Specialization if they have successfully completed 4.0 CUST credits in the chosen Specialization category. The same course may not simultaneously count toward two or more Specializations.

  • CUST 1520H: Introduction to World Literature
  • CUST 2029Y: Science Fiction
  • CUST 2522H/2022Y: Culture and the Novel
  • CUST 2526H: Workshop: Narrative and Performance
  • CUST 2527H: Surrealism and the Languages of Narrative
  • CUST 2528H: West Indian Storytelling (World Literature)
  • CUST 2551H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Ideology, Language
  • CUST 2552H: Popular Culture and Modern Thought: Gender, Globalization, and the Virtual
  • CUST 3029Y: Utopia (Future Fiction)
  • CUST 3087Y: Community-Based Research Project
  • CUST-INDG 3128H: Indigenous Science Fiction and Speculative Storytelling
  • CUST 3175Y: Workshop: Staging Ideas
  • CUST 3515H: Modernism and the Avant-Garde
  • CUST 3522H/3022Y: Experimental Fiction
  • CUST 3572H: Workshop: Epic Theatre
  • CUST 3900Y/3901H/3902H: Reading Course
  • CUST 4010Y/4020D: Honours Thesis
  • CUST 4041Y/4541H: Internship in Media and Cultural Studies
  • CUST 4173H: Workshop: Adaptation and Performance
  • CUST-FREN-CAST: Quebec Science Fiction and Fantasy
  • CUST 4512H: Arts of Conflict: Violence, Art, and the Irish Republican Army
  • CUST 4521H: Advanced Topics in Narrative: Shipwrecks and Castaways
  • CUST 4522H: Advanced Topics in Narrative: Handcuffed to (Literary) History
  • CUST 4523H: Shapeshifters: Narrative Adaptations across Media
  • CUST 4529H/4029Y: Advanced Studies in Science Fiction
  • CUST-FREN 4611H: Literature and Contestation

Degree Type

  • B.A.
  • B.A. (Honours)

The Trent Advantage

  • Through workshops in adaptation and performance, gain hands-on experience writing, performing, and retelling familiar stories.
  • Make contributions to the community while gaining hands-on research experience through a Community-Based Research Project.


Career Paths

  • Teacher
  • TV and Radio Producer
  • Advertising and Marketing Executive
  • Author
  • Web Content Manager
  • Events Planner
  • Game Creator
  • Videographer
  • Communications Specialist
  • Journalist
  • Cultural Critic