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.
Dwell on texts patiently, slow down the process of moving from mystery to certainty, and open yourself to crosscurrents of potential meaning to become a more accurate and nuanced reader.
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.
Delve deeply into Native epics as “ancient American” literature, narratives of tribal history and living political constitutions. Study the specific contexts of each and the “intellectual trade routes” that link them together.
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