English Department Profile
BA with English major in a 15 or 20 unit program. BA Honours with English major ( 20 units) including an honours thesis ( 1 unit), or BA with English major and an Honours Certificate.
Certificate in Professional Writing and Rhetoric (6 units) is designed for students who want to complement their studies with some practical applications of writing in various contexts, and is normally offered in conjunction with a degree program.


Collection Analysis:
Subject Areas
LC Class Ranges
Current Collecting Intensity by Collection Level Codes

BH 1-301

Folk Literature
GR 1-950

GR 72-79

Business Communication
HF 5717-5734.7

Classical Literature in Translation
Greek Literature
Latin Literature
PA 3051-8595

PA 3051-8595
PA 6003-8555

English Language
PE 1-3729

Slavic Literature in Translation
PG 1-7446

Literary Criticism, History. Genres:
Children’s Literature
Film Studies
Theatre Studies
PN 1-5648
PN 101-245
PN 1009
PN 1993-1999
PN 2000-3299
PN 4714-5648

Collections of Literature (General). Anthologies of World Literature.
PN 6010-6790

Italian / Spanish Literature in Translation
PQ 4001-8929

English Literature
English Canadian Literature – History and Criticism
PR 1-9899

American ( U.S.) Literature
PS 1-3622

German / Scandinavian Literature in Translation
PT 1-9999

Children’s Books – Fiction, Picture Books, Poetry
PZ 5-90

Bookselling and Publishing
Z 269-659

Special Classes of Books
Z 1019-1035.9

Books for Special Classes of Readers (Children, Youth, Women etc.)
Z 1037-1039

Note: works by and about Canadian writers are classified throughout the PR range.

Materials selected by English faculty and librarians are also used by students and faculty in Modern Languages and Linguistics, Canadian Studies, Cultural Studies & Fine Arts, Speech and Drama, History, Public Relations, Women’s Studies, Business, Education, Philosophy, Information Technology, Child and Youth Study, Psychology, and Sociology.

Materials are selected by librarians and English faculty . Most handbooks, guides , dictionaries, compendia of literary criticism, bibliographies and concordances are selected by the librarians. Librarians also select current fiction and biographies.

Selections are made primarily from currently published English language monographs , including foreign literature translated into English. Literary works written in French or Spanish are selected under the Modern Languages allocation. Some retrospective selection may be necessary; as well, the out of print market may be searched for some titles. Audio-visual materials such as videotapes and dvds will be fully catalogued for Novanet.

The library welcomes donations of works which are not currently in the collection and have research value. Works by and about Canadian writers and out of print literary criticism are important additions to our collection. Prose and poetry anthologies are very useful if they are indexed by standard reference tools like Granger’s.

English is one of the few subject areas at the Mount where resources unique to the region may be identified.

 The History of Women and Gerritsen Collections on microfilm and fiche are important sources for women’s writings from ancient times to the 1920s.

The Canadian Drama Collection provides microfilm copies of 781 manuscript plays deposited by Canadian authors at the U.S. Copyright Office between 1900 and 1945.

The MacDonald Collection is rich in literary works, particularly for the period from the Eighteenth Century to the 1940s : small presses, limited editions, illustrated books, fine bindings, and other contributions to the book arts are noteworthy. Some duplicates from the MacDonald Collection are in the open stacks.

A collection of Lesbian Pulp Fiction is available for research purposes in the library and will grow larger as funds become available.

The papers of the late Dr. Patrick O’Neill, a Mount faculty member who researched Canadian theatre history, have been deposited in the MSVU Archives.

The library collection has benefited from the University’s membership in the Canadian Research Knowledge Network (CRKN). English faculty and students now have access to the Alexander Street databases of full-text letters, diaries, plays, oral histories, and film strips and to Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO) displaying digital images of  some 230,000 English language books online published between 1701 and 1800.

Unpublished dissertations and manuscripts, although the University Archives does welcome copies of honour thesis papers. Work books and other consumables. Popular works without academic interest. Some popular fiction is acquired if faculty interest in the author or the genre warrants its inclusion.

Other Local Collections:
Killam Library – Dalhousie University. Patrick Power Library – Saint Mary’s University. The University of King’s College Library. The Nova Scotia College of Art and Design Library. Halifax City Library.
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