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Department of English

The study of English is fundamental to a liberal arts and sciences education. English Department faculty members teach students to read perceptively and critically; to understand the historical, cultural and aesthetic dimensions of language and literature; and to write with clarity and precision.  We offer courses in literature, film, composition, rhetoric, and creative writing. Read More



Student Spotlight

Darien Bucher

Frailty, thy name is woman!

The outburst isn’t fooling anyone. Everyone can see exactly what’s going on here: ’Tis unmanly grief: Hamlet is acting like a girl.

When Shakespeare wrote Hamlet, he swathed his protagonist in so much internal and dramatic conflict, the irony of the attitudes toward gender roles is enough to get through even the thickest skulls in the churchyard. Of course, it only gets more obvious in today’s social context – especially, as Darien Bucher discovered, when Hamlet is played by a female. Read more of this article featured in the College of Charleston magazine.




Keep up with English Department faculty, students, and alumni with 5 College Way: The English Department Blog, and Folio: The Annual English Department Newsletter.

Department News

English Major Cathy Keaton Featured in The College Today
Posted on 4 November 2016 | 4:18 pm
The College Today published a feature on English major Cathy Keaton and her success pursuing a degree as a nontraditional student. Senior Citizen Pursues Lifelong Goal to Earn Degree
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Happy Birthday, John Keats!
Posted on 31 October 2016 | 9:02 pm
We all know that October 31st is Halloween, but did you know it was also John Keats’s birthday? In English 350, Keats, we celebrated both in style by having cupcakes and reading the decidedly macabre Isabella, or the Pot of Basil.
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