Department of English
"My response to racism is anger. I have lived with that anger, ignoring it, feeding upon it, learning to use it before it laid my visions to waste, for most of my life. Once I did it in silence, afraid of the weight. My fear of anger taught me nothing. Your fear of that anger will teach you nothing, also.” Audre Lorde
English and Textual Studies
Take a journey through the human experience via literary study. Explore creative expression across a broad array of texts—novels, plays, film, digital media and more. Interpret motivations behind stories of yesterday and today and hone your skills as a writer.
Our curriculum is called English and Textual Studies (ETS) to acknowledge the breadth and diversity of the texts you will study. In addition to traditional literature courses in Chaucer and Shakespeare, the Romantics and Victorians, and literary modernism, you can also take courses in:
- Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Hollywood film
- Video game history
- Comics and Graphic Novel
- Hip-hop culture and more
ETS is designed to:
- Introduce you to a wide array of texts
- Enhance your ability to interpret texts and express ideas
- Develop powers of argument and analysis
- Train you to write critically and clearly
- Develop skills for writers of poetry and fiction
- Become critical readers of your own work
Our diverse faculty includes literary historians, critical theorists, film scholars, editors, poets, and novelists who approach the field in a variety of ways.
English Department News
Haejoo Kim, a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of English, is currently researching and writing her dissertation “Medical Liberty and Alternative Health Practices in Nineteenth-Century Britain.” She is exploring 19th-century British anti-vaccination periodicals and pamphlets to examine the rhetoric.
A virtual launch will celebrate Goode’s new book that examines the distinctiveness of the media in which particular ‘classic’ writings by Blake, Scott and Austen find new life.
Acclaimed poet will instruct graduate courses in creative writing.
Award-winning author also appears on two popular podcasts.
There are no events in this category right now, but please check the University calendar for many other options.
Books by Department of English Faculty
Mike Goode, Romantic Capabilities: Blake, Scott, Austen, and the New Messages of Old Media (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2020), xv + 336pp.; 34 figures. ISBN-13: ISBN-13 : 978-0198862369
Twin Peaks, by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press, 2020, 122pp., ISBN: 9780814346235
Documenting the Visual Arts, edited by Roger Hallas, Routledge 2019, 270pp., ISBN: 9781138565999
Hollywood Musicals, Steven Cohan. Routledge (1 October 2019) 218pp., ISBN: 9781138497450.
Bunny: A Novel, by Mona Awad, Viking (June 11, 2019), 320pp., ISBN-13: 978-0525559733
Forster, Chris. Filthy Material: Modernism and the Media of Obscenity. Oxford University Press, 2018.
Hollywood by Hollywood: The Backstudio Picture and the Mystique of Making Movies, Steven Cohan. Oxford UP (1 November 2018), 288pp., ISBN: 9780190865771
Clues from the Animal Kingdom, by Christopher Kennedy, BOA Editions Ltd. (September 25, 2018), 104pp., ISBN-13: 978-1942683643