Welcome to the Department of English

Contact Us!

Where: 001 Johnson Chapel

When: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Phone: (413) 542-2231

Fax: (413) 542-2141

E-mail: english@amherst.edu

Campus box: #2234


Amherst College
Department of English
P.O. Box 5000
Amherst, MA 01002-5000


Amherst College
Department of English
001 Johnson Chapel
Amherst, MA 01002-5000


Film & Feminism: Amherst Scholar To Deliver Distinguished Lecture at International Women’s Film Festival

May 21, 2015
By Rachel Rogol

Ida Lupino
Actress and filmmaker Ida Lupino (1918–1995)

“I am not exaggerating when I say that women have been publicly calling for better roles behind the camera for a hundred years—almost since the inauguration of film itself,” writes Amelie Hastie in the most recent issue of "The Vulnerable Spectator," her recurring column in the academic journal Film Quarterly.

The Teachers

John Cameron

Professor of English, Emeritus
Recent courses: “Proust,” “Coming to Terms: Cinema”


Amherst English: An Appreciation

By Rand Richards Cooper ’80

The number kept changing. Was it 374 years, as President Biddy Martin stated in her congratulatory remarks? Or 421 years, as listed on the invitation? Or some other figure?

Choose Your Own Exam

By Emily Gold Boutilier

Since 2012, the English department has been crowdsourcing the required reading/viewing list associated with its senior comprehensive exam, inviting the department’s faculty, staff, current majors and recent alumni to nominate and vote for texts online.

421 Years of Teaching English at Amherst

Submitted on Thursday, 11/8/2012, at 12:23 PM

By Katherine Duke ’05

One of Amherst College’s biggest departments is undergoing a big change. In the past four years, nine out of the 10 most senior faculty members in the Department of English have retired or entered phased retirement. On Oct. 25 in Pruyne Lecture Hall, the department held a panel discussion in honor of these professors’ combined “421 Years of Teaching English at Amherst.”


Dutton Poster

My Life: Allen Guttmann, Emily C. Jordan Folger Professor of English and American Studies

The Path-Breaker

The Start of Everything that Followed