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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

Kevin Simmonds Sets Our Ears Ablaze with Verse & Music
Posted on 26 September 2014 | 10:26 am
Last week, poet and musician, Kevin Simmonds read to a packed house in Towell Library for the first Crazyhorse Reading Series. His poems centered on questions of identity and sexuality and on family dynamics and history. His reading mixed poetry with music, with his close friend Valetta accompanying his verse with her singing. It was […]
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What to Do With a B.A. in English?
Posted on 1 September 2014 | 7:56 pm
Recently, I was approached by a former student who was looking for advice: How can I apply my English major to a career? she asked. My immediate but honest answer: You can do anything. Dear English majors, it’s true. By the time you graduate, you will be well-versed in the art of critical thinking and […]
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Department Events

Oct 2, 2014 - 6:30 pm
A celebration of the work of fiction writer Flannery O'Connor, featuring visual art, music by folk-blues duo The Harrows, and tributes by College of Charleston writers and students.
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Nov 13, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Author Trudy Lewis will be reading a selection of her fiction and answering questions. Lewis is the author of a short story collection, The Bones of Garbo, for which she was awarded the Sandstone...
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