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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

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 Spotlight

Recent Faculty Publications

The past few months have been productive for the faculty members of the department of English. Four of them have had recent books publications.

It started in May with Julia Eichelberger's Tell about Night Flowers: Eudora Welty's Gardening Letters, 1940-1949. That was followed up by Bret Lott's Letters and Life: On Being a Writer, On Being a Christian. Next we welcomed Joe Kelly's examination of the institution of slavery in America's Longest Siege: Charleston, Slavery, and the Slow March Toward Civil War. Most recently is the publication of Anthony Varallo's new collection of stories, Think of Me and I'll Know.

Congratulations to these faculty members on their extensive efforts.

Department News

Feature on Jon Sealy’s novel The Whiskey Baron
Posted on 21 March 2014 | 10:02 am
How to Write a Novel: Wake Early, Embrace Rejection, Keep Your Day Job Posted on CofC News | 20 March 2014 | 9:00 am Here’s how the dream goes: Aspiring novelist goes to college, takes writing and literature courses. He pens his first novel, the writing process blissful and effortless. The book is a […]
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Statement on Academic Freedom & Inclusivity
Posted on 12 March 2014 | 10:27 am
On March 10, 2014, the South Carolina House of Representatives voted in favor of a budget that cuts $52,000 from the College of Charleston’s appropriations, as punishment for the College’s adoption of Alison Bechdel’s memoir Fun Home. The College of Charleston English Department condemns this action as an attempt to censor future assigned or recommended […]
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