EnglishMaster of Arts (MA)
Why did you come to Western for your graduate degree?
I chose Western to complete my graduate studies because of the great reputation that the university has and the highly respected faculty teaching and researching at the institution.
What’s your favourite book?
Loaded question, I can never fully answer that because it depends on the day. Today it is Solar Storms by Linda Hogan.
Describe your research.
My research investigates female indigenous literature, specifically intergenerational trauma. I focus on the ways in which indigenous texts allow for a closer proximity to literature and the human condition, offering an alternative epistemology that has been missing in our mainstream cultural dialogue.
What’s the best advice you could give to someone considering applying to your graduate program?
If you love English deeply, and don’t mind having everything you believed about yourself as a student to be challenged, then do it! It is rewarding to be around people that can make you confront your own beliefs to create a more nuanced and well-rounded approach to academia.
Have you worked as a TA or RA?
I work as a TA. This is one of the most fruitful experiences of my graduate studies. You learn a lot about yourself by becoming a teacher, and get to spread your enthusiasm to others!
Program ContactLeanne Trask (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Graduate Affairs Assistant
Department of EnglishWestern University
Arts & Humanities Building Rm 2G02
London, Ontario N6A 3K7
t. 519-661-2111 ext. 85793
The Department's graduate program ranks as one of the strongest and most diversified graduate programs in Canada. Its central attraction is the Department's distinguished faculty and its considerable accomplishments in all areas of criticism and scholarship. The faculty's range of expertise provides the advantages of traditional scholarship and an array of historical approaches to the major literary periods and genres, as well as diverse theoretical and interdisciplinary perspectives that include discourse analysis, cultural studies, postcolonial literature and theory, feminist and gender studies, gay studies and theories of masculinity, ecological criticism, film, hypertext, theories of race, and the intersection between literature and the discourses of science, medicine, music, art, and law.
- 3 Terms (1 year)
- Full-time study
- Thesis-based, course-based or project-based
Applicants (domestic and international) are encouraged to apply for the following scholarships:
- Honours B.A. in English or in English combined with another subject.
- Achieved at least an A minus average in the Honours English courses of their B.A. program.
English Language Proficiency
Applicants whose first language is not English must furnish evidence of their proficiency in the use of the English language:
- The Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL). Minimum acceptable score is 267 for the standard electronic version, 630 for the paper and pencil version, or 109 for the internet version. [Western's TOEFL ID is 0984].
- The International English Language Testing Service (IELTS). Minimum acceptable score is 8 out of 9.
- The Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB). Minimum acceptable score is 85 on each section and an overall score of 91, plus the oral/speaking component.
- January 15
Fields of Research
- American Literature; Canadian Literature
- Cultural Studies
- English Drama to the Restoration
- Literary Criticism and Theory
- Nineteenth-Century British Literature
- Old and Middle English Language and Literature
- Postcolonial Literature
- Renaissance Non-Dramatic Literature
- Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Literature
- Textual Studies (may only be chosen as a secondary field)
- Twentieth-Century British and Irish Literature
- Women’s Literature and Gender Studies