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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

Post&Courier Highlights New MFA Program
Posted on 12 September 2016 | 4:35 pm
The English Department’s new MFA in Creative Writing made the front page of the Charleston Post and Courier on Sept. 12. College of Charleston bets on its students with new creative writing master’s program  
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Welcome New Faculty!
Posted on 30 August 2016 | 2:25 pm
The English Department is pleased to introduce our two new faculty members–Dr. Lindsey Drager and Dr. Jacob Craig. We welcome the new energy, new knowledge, and new ideas that they bring the English Department. An expanded interview with each will be published in December in Folio, or annual English Department Newsletter. But until then, here they are: Dr. Jacob Craig (PhD, […]
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