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The Department of English creates and teaches knowledge about literature, poetics, writing, media, language and cultures in the English-speaking world. The Department serves constituents both inside and outside the university — including interdisciplinary programs, service-learning projects and the discipline at large — and prepares students for careers inside and outside of academia. We believe that the analytical study of our sub-disciplines helps develop logical thought, awareness of the complexity of texts and of value judgments, apprehension of others’ points of view, and imagination. English studies can expand creative, communicative and cognitive capacities; can sharpen the ability to make difficult judgments; and can help us understand societies, times and cultures different from our own.

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Empathy. Imagination. Ethical self-expression. Social justice and inclusion. Cultures, past and present. Individual and global perspectives. Evidence and argumentation. The meaning(s) of style. Aesthetics across media. Books.




Recent News

April 2, 2020
A Story Told in the Mountains

For this series, we reach out to a member of the department who has a very particular obsession and ask them to share it with the world. In this edition, Assistant…

April 1, 2020

Chloe Nelson, senior English major with minors in professional writing, German and women's, gender and sexuality studies, has been awarded a U.S. Student Fulbright…

March 30, 2020

Lord Denney's Players has announced the winners of its third annual sonnet contest. Congratulations to the following award recipients:

First Prize: "Gray Noise…
March 4, 2020

Matthew Martello ’18, now a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Virginia, has continued his research interest in reclaimed poet Sarah Morgan Bryan Piatt (1836-1919)—an interest that…