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What can Christians learn from reading works of fiction?

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Reading literature, whether Christian or non-Christian works, whether from the past or from the present, provides an important perspective of the world we live in. Redeemer's English Literature program prepares students to find their place and calling in the world by equipping them to read analytically, speak clearly, and write persuasively, finding threads of common grace and redemption in all materials, and asking how is God using language and literature to redeem our broken world.

English Literature is a Bachelor of Arts degree. It is offered as an honours major, a major, and as a minor.

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Right from the start, small seminar-style classes provide you with a broad overview of different literary genres. Class discussion is lead by professors who are actively contributing to their field and are excited to share their love of language and literature with students.

First-year courses dig into different ways of reading and ways of writing through close readings of text and by critically analyzing texts through writing. Honing these foundational skills prepares students for future survey courses that dig into a more in-depth study of specific genres, styles, and time periods.

English Literature The Core

The Core Curriculum is a set of 10 courses that every student takes. The courses are woven through every major and gets you to think deeply and broadly about what you’re studying. Think about it this way…

  • Writers are more persuasive when they understand the dominant philosophical concepts in culture.
  • Speakers can communicate with poignancy when they understand the psyche of their audience.
  • Editors can give a more substantive critique of writing when they are broadly educated.

See how the Core fits into your degree



In the Classroom

In your classes, you'll be introduced to the literary greats from a variety of genres and eras in courses like The British Novel and The Fiction of C.S. Lewis and J.R.R. Tolkien. Reflect on the role of language in history, culture and faith through theoretical courses such as Shakespeare and Theory and History of Literary Criticism as you explore the human condition, brokenness and redemption through literature.

Beyond the Classroom

Upper year students can enrol in a Senior Writing Project course where they, under the supervision of a writing specialist, meet in a workshop format to practice different genres and styles.

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After Redeemer

Alumni of Redeemer’s english literature program are making a positive impact in our society and in our communities.

Heidi Ellens de Vries '05

worked as an assistant city solicitor for the City of Brantford, helping find solutions to and advising on legal issues that affect the city and the public.

Natalie Frisk '07

is the curriculum pastor at The Meeting House where she helps create kids' and youth curricula that's used by churches worldwide. She has recently published a book on raising disciples and making faith matter to kids.

Alumni can go on
to careers as...

  • Book publicists
  • Communications coordinators
  • ESL teachers
  • Journalists
  • Editors
  • Media relations officers
  • Proofreaders
  • Publishers
  • Authors
  • Teachers

Alumni can do further studies to earn...

  • Bachelor of Education (BEd)
  • MA in English Literature
  • MA in Journalism
  • MFA in Creative Writing
  • MFA in Script and Screenwriting
  • MLIS in Library Science

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English Literature Stories

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English writing students Michelle Wright and Ben Wright channeled their pandemic experiences into a riveting anthology of creative non-fiction.

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New Plays & Perspectives at Oxford

Despite her time being cut short due to COVID-19, fourth-year student Anna Bailey still experienced tremendous personal, academic and spiritual growth while studying...

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The Humanities — Much Ado About Nothing?

From The Handmaid's Tale to Shakespeare's tragedies, Dr. Ben Faber considers the value of teaching literature.

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Poetry and Ecology

Redeemer's Dr. Deborah Bowen explores in her public work and research how poetry can uniquely inspire us to care for the environment.

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Celebrating Canada’s Faith Communities Through Writing

Doug Sikkema ‘06 and Dr. Deborah Bowen spearhead the Ross and Davis Mitchell Prize for Faith and Writing

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Connecting with Hamilton’s literary scene

Student Elise Arsenault and alumnus Brent van Staalduinen take part in the 2016 Short Works Prize

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