Fonds UBCA-ARC-1262 - Department of English fonds

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Department of English fonds

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  • Source of title proper: The title is based on the contents of the fonds.
  • Variations in title: Previously titled the Newsense fonds.

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4.08 metres of textual records

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The UBC Department of English was established in 1915 within the Faculty of Arts, one of the University's first academic departments. Over the years, various Department staff members have been prominent within the University community and nationally and internationally, including Earle Birney, Roy Daniells, Jane Rule, Garnett G. Sedgewick, Frederic Wood, and George Woodcock. Researchers can find a history of the Department and prominent staff members during the 20th century on the Department of English website. The UBC English Department is unique in Canada. It offers two tiers of English Literature, English Language, and Linguistics programs at the graduate and undergraduate levels. Courses include the following focuses: national, transnational, postcolonial, transpacific, Indigenous literature, language, linguistics, rhetoric, critical theory, and media studies in Medieval, Early Modern, Eighteenth Century, Romantic, Victorian, Modernist, Postmodern, and Contemporary contexts. In addition, English department faculty, postdoctoral fellows, and graduate students lead in several multidisciplinary research programs, including First Nations and Indigenous Studies, Science and Technology Studies, Asian Canadian and Asian Migration Studies, Studies in Race, Gender, Sexuality and Social Justice, Law and Society, Media Studies, Canadian Studies, and Medieval Studies.

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The fonds consists of six series which contain the following: student publications, curriculum offerings and course descriptions, handbooks, examinations, faculty information, committee meetings, interdepartmental memoranda and correspondence, meeting reports and annual reports, elections, curriculum revisions, reading lists, a “departmental bible,” departmental newsletters and bulletins, departmental meeting minutes, council policy and membership, reorganization proposals, and task force information, notable alumni ephemera, and the UBC Medal for Canadian Biography All records are the results of activities that took place within the Department of English from 1940 to the early 2000s.

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These are institutional records and subject to the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act. Researcher access to these records is subject to review. To organize access please contact us at UBC Archives.

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Updated in January 2021, JM.

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