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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

Literary Events (2014-15)
Posted on 16 August 2014 | 12:18 pm
FALL 2014 Thursday, September 4 @ 7:00 PM: Fiction Reading by Margaret Bradham Thornton (Alumni Memorial Hall, Randolph Hall) Reception and book signing to follow. Crazyhorse Reading Series Thursday, September 18 @ 7:00 PM: Poetry Reading by Kevin Simmonds (Towell Library) Reception and book signing to follow. Visiting Scholar Lecture Series Wednesday, October 1: Lecture […]
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Raena Shirali (’12) Shortlisted as a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship Finalist
Posted on 7 August 2014 | 7:35 pm
Big congratulations to alumna Raena Shirali who was named a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship finalist. The Fellowship ($25,800) is the premier award for emerging poets given by Poetry Foundation and the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Foundation. The competition for the fellowship’s five final winners has dramatically increased over the past six years. The winners will […]
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Department Events

Sep 4, 2014 - 7:00 pm
Margaret Bradham Thornton will read from her debut novel Charleston. A book signing and reception will follow. Thornton is the editor of Tennessee Williamss Notebooks, for which she received the...
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