Department of English
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.
(May 12, 2022)Righting Wrongs
English alum Joshua Koskoff ’88 continues his family’s legacy of fighting for justice.
(May 11, 2022)Eleanor Maine Receives Wasserstrom Prize for Graduate Teaching
The prize memorializes William Wasserstrom, a noted professor of English at Syracuse University.
(April 14, 2022)Humanities Center Fellowships and Grants Support Graduate Student Research in the Humanities
Thanks to this support, recipients are positioned for success in their fields.
(March 17, 2022)Helping to Advance Latino History and Culture in the United States
A&S Professor of English Silvio Torres-Saillant is part of a committee charged with guiding the design and development of the National Museum of the American Latino.
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Penny Dreadful and Adaptation: Reanimating and Transforming the Monster, edited by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2022 edition (December 1, 2022), ISBN-13: 978-3031121791
Sugar Street, by Jonathan Dee, Grove Press (September 13, 2022), 224pp., ISBN-13:978-0802160003
Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood's Home Front by Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press (September 12, 2022), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-0814348208
All's Well, by Mona Awad, Simon & Schuster (August 3, 2021), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-1982169664
Wayward: A novel, by Dana Spiotta, Random House Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (July 6, 2021), 410pp., ISBN-13: 978-0593414446
Brooks Haxton, Mister Toebones: Poems, Knopf (March 23, 2021), 120pp., ISBN-13: 978-0593318522
A Swim in a Pond in the Rain: In Which Four Russians Give a Master Class on Writing, Reading, and Life, by George Saunders, Random House; First Edition, Later Printing (January 12, 2021), 432pp., ISBN-13: 978-1984856029
Snakes & Babies by Jules Gibbs, Sheep Meadow Press (January 4, 2021), 82pp., ISBN-13 : 978-1937679897