Why study English? Literature explores many of the enduring questions we confront as we grapple with our world. At the same time, it emboldens our capacity to re-imagine that world. 

The stories we tell matter, as does the language used to give those stories shape. Our programs explore the pleasures of reading and writing while strengthening skills in critical thinking and problem solving. Our faculty guide you in acquiring multiple literacies as you learn to interpret a wide range of texts and genres. Our programs prepare you for a wide range of existing careers; they also foster the adaptability to help you in careers that are still emerging.


Pagan Kennedy:  Inventology: How We Dream Up Things That Change The World

Wednesday, September 27, 2017
7:00 p.m. | Devlin Hall, Room 101

Poetry Days presents Billy Collins

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
7:00 p.m. | Gasson Hall, Room 100

News & Notes

Joycestick: The Gamification of 'Ulysses'

We look at VR as the ultimate empathy machine, in that we don’t simply want to excite the readers – the viewers – but to move them to engage them with the emotions and events in the book.
Joseph Nugent



An Underground Theatre: Major Playwrights in the Irish Language 1930-80

An Underground Theatre: Major Playwrights in the Irish Language 1930-80

Philip O'Leary

University College of Dublin Press, 2017

The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in The Gym, in the Corner, and at the Ringside

The Bittersweet Science: Fifteen Writers in The Gym, in the Corner, and at the Ringside

Carlo Rotella (ed) with Michael Ezra

University of Chicago, 2017
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More Alive and Less Lonely: On Books and Writers (Melville Press 2017)

Chris Boucher (ed), Jonathan Lethem

Melville House, April 2016

English Alliterative Verse cover

English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History

Eric Weiskott

Cambridge University Press, December 2016

Impossible Modernism cover

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