Department of English


Welcome to the Department of English

We offer students the opportunity to study the properties and powers of language—the fundamental means by which we communicate our values, our ideals and vision.

English is not just about the rhetorical and creative aspects of literature. It’s about examining history, culture, psychology, sociology, philosophy and the human condition to determine what a text means in the context of when and where it was written, and how it relates to us today. Courses in the fundamentals of the three main literary genres, poetry, prose and drama, prepare students for the close study of major works and periods of literature from the British, American, Canadian and Post-Colonial traditions. In addition, the Department offers a variety of special courses in Rhetoric, the history of language, literary theory, gender, children’s literature and creative writing. At the senior level, there are more intensive courses concentrating on specific topics such as particular authors. These are conducted in small seminar classes which stimulate open and intensive discussion between students and instructor.

Department Highlights

Goldie Morgentaler

Dr. Goldie Morgentaler's New Book

Congratulations to Dr. Goldie Morgentaler, a professor of English, on the publication of her new book Confessions of a Yiddish Writer and Other Essays by Chava Rosenfarb. Rosenfarb, Morgentaler's mother, received an honorary degree from the U of L in 2006. Rosenfarb (1923–2011) was one of the most prominent Yiddish novelists of the second half of the 20th century. Born in Poland in 1923, she survived the Lodz ghetto, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen. She immigrated to Canada in 1950.

The book is comprised of 13 personal and literary essays by Rosenfarb, ranging from autobiographical accounts of her childhood, experiences before and during the Holocaust and literary criticism that discusses the work of other Jewish writers.

The Bride Prize

The Bridge Prize National Short Story Award

Beginning in 2020, and in alternating years for the next decade, the Bridge Prize intends to inspire and motivate the next generation of Canadian literary artists as they transition to careers as professional writers. The Bridge Prize is presented by the School of Liberal Education at the University of Lethbridge.

The next prize will be awarded in 2022

    Top prize: $7,500
    Three additional finalists: $1000
    Each winning author will also receive a $200 gift card courtesy of Munro’s Books.


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