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.
A study in reading films and writing about them, partly to illustrate the main elements of film language and partly to pose challenging texts for reading and writing.
Learn about the rudiments of craft through weekly writing exercises. Read and discuss your classmates’ work as you study the elements of prosody: line, stanza forms, meter, free verse and more.
What was magic in the early modern world before 1800? Examine competing ideas about magic as they ran through the imagination of artists, playwrights, and preachers from medieval Germany to Puritan Massachusetts.
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.
Judith Frank, the Eliza J. Clark Folger Professor of English, talks about what it takes to succeed as a writer and touches on what students can expect from the creative writing program at Amherst College.