Through courses in literature, film, poetry, culture and creative writing, our students learn to read closely, think critically and write well. Our faculty incorporate an increasing number of perspectives and traditions into their teaching and research.
Read European lyrics from the 12th through 17th centuries. Witness the dawn of romantic love poetry in several languages, and the invention of new forms like the sonnet and the lyric “anthology.”
Shakespeare plays and their afterlives in literature and performance illuminate the fate of culture over centuries of global mobility. Why are these works so adaptable to intercultural conflict, borrowing and fusion?
Examine how modern African writers use ethnographic writing, Kung Fu movies, pornography, traditional epic and graffiti to challenge our notions of what counts as a body, a nation or a text.
For some six decades, each senior English major, in order to graduate, had to pass the department’s Comprehensive Exam. Until something better came along.Read more
Our department offers annual prizes for student essays, poetry, fiction and other writing.
“Translation is the art of failure,” said Umberto Eco. But these two students found success and connection by gathering resonant, hard-to-translate phrases from across campus.Read more