Students in English take part in various theatre productions through Theatre UNB. Productions are associated with the theatre production courses, the Fine Arts Minor, and with extracurricular interest and activity. The Department brings to the University creative writers and literary scholars who give public readings and lectures and take part in classes and seminars. The Department has a large library of plays and poetry readings on cassette, available for both class and individual use. The Department also offers symposiums in which members of the Department and graduate students give papers in the areas of their research interest. All students interested in literature are welcome to take part.
The Department of English publishes Form and Format, a guide to the proper presentation of academic essays, which is used both at this university and in many schools in the province. Members of the Department edit The Fiddlehead, a journal of creative writing, as well as the scholarly and critical journal Studies in Canadian Literature/ Études en littérature canadienne, and Florilegium, the journal of the Canadian Society of Medievalists/Société canadienne des médiévistes. Created in the spring of 1996 and produced entirely by English graduate students, QWERTY is an arts magazine devoted to the “possible in print.”
The Graduate programme of the Department offers the MA in all fields of literature in English and in Creative Writing. It offers the PhD in Creative Writing and in academic fields, such as Canadian, American, British, and Post Colonial Literatures, and in other areas, provided supervisors and first readers are available.
The Undergraduate English students’ club - The Albert Ross Society - got its name when one unsuspecting scholar made the ultimate mistake: he wrote an essay about a character who didn’t exist. From this blunder, the insertion of a chap named Albert Ross into Coleridge’s Rime of The Ancient Mariner, the society got its name. Its main activities include the annual Atlantic Universities English Students’ Conference, literary banquets, regular meetings (with treats!), and whatever else the members manage to dream up. For more information, contact the Chair of the Department.