Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of English

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Corporate body (Dalhousie University)

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Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. Department of English

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  • Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Science. Department of English (1925-1988)

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Dates of existence

1925-

History

James de Mille was appointed the first Professor of History and Rhetoric at Dalhousie University in 1865, but the introduction of English literary studies to Canadian universities as a separate discipline started in 1882 with the appointment of Jacob Gould Sherman as Munro Professor of English Language and Literature. He was replaced two years later by W.J. Alexander, who was succeeded by Archibald MacMechan, who taught until his retirement in 1931. It was not until 1925 that the university calendar indicates an actual English department, alongside MacMechan's name as its head.

Places

The Department of English is located in the Marion McCain Arts and Social Sciences Building on Dalhousie’s Studley Campus.

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Functions, occupations and activities

The Department of English offers programs leading to a Bachelor of Arts degree, as well as MA and PhD degrees across a range of interdisciplinary research areas. Students are afforded the opportunity to study with internationally recognized scholars and writers; to participate in experiential courses in creative writing, tutoring and editing; to gain teaching and research experience; and to be involved in the production of the department's undergraduate journals, Verso and Fathom. The department also has close connections with The Dalhousie Review, the university's long-running literary journal.

Mandates/sources of authority

The basic statute relating to Dalhousie University is Chapter 24 of the Acts of 1863. This statute replaced earlier statutes, and the 1863 statute itself has been amended and supplemented several times over the years. The provisions of these various statutes provide for the establishment and regulation of the university, the membership of the Board of Governors and its rights and powers, the authority of senate for the internal regulation of the university (subject to the approval of the board), and various other matters.

Internal structures/genealogy

The Department of English is within the Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences. It is overseen by a limited-term chair appointed from among the full-time faculty. In 2020 there are 26 full-time faculty members; cross-appointed faculty members from Theatre Studies, Canadian Studies and Gender and Women's Studies; adjunct professors (retired and from other universities); visiting scholars (postdoctoral fellows and/or research associates); and sessional instructors. The department is supported by an administrative secretary/undergraduate advisor and a graduate secretary.

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Related entity

Dalhousie University. Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (1988 -)

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hierarchical

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The Dalhousie University Department of English is part of the University's Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences.

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Wainwright, J. Andrew (1946-)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1979 - 2008

Description of relationship

Andy Wainwright is McCulloch Professor Emeritus of English at Dalhousie University.

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Gray, James (1932-2012)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1975 - 1980

Description of relationship

James Gray was McCulloch Professor Emeritus of English at Dalhousie University.

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Smith, Rowland (1938 - 2008)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1967 - 1993

Description of relationship

Rowland Smith was McCulloch Professor of English at Dalhousie University. He served as department chair from 1977-1983 and Dean of Arts and Social Sciences from 1988-1993.

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Bevan, Allan (1913-1981)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1953 - 1979

Description of relationship

Allan Bevan was the head of the Department of English from 1958-69 and 1975-77.

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Bennet, C.L. (1895-1971)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1923 - 1963

Description of relationship

C.L. Bennet was George Munro Professor of English and chair of the English Department.

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The Dalhousie Review (1921-)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1921 -

Description of relationship

The Dalhousie Review has been hosted or housed by the Department of English for much of its history; editors of the journal are frequently English department faculty.

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MacMechan, Archibald McKellar (1862-1933)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1889 - 1931

Description of relationship

Archibald MacMechan was George Munro Professor of English at Dalhousie University between 1889-1931.

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De Mille, James (1833–1880)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1865 - 1880

Description of relationship

Jame de Mille was the first Professor of Rhetoric at Dalhousie College.

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Choyce, Lesley (1958-)

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associative

Dates of the relationship

1970 -

Description of relationship

Lesley Choyce is a senior instructor in Dalhousie's Transition Year Program for Black and Mi’kmaq students and teaches creative writing in the Department of English.

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