Department of English
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
New Creative Writing Scholarship Honors the Memory of Tom Walsh, Former Executive Vice President of Advancement and External Affairs
The scholarship will support one student annually who is enrolled in the Department of English’s undergraduate creative writing major.
“The Mom of Bold Action,” appeared in the August 30, 2021 issue.
A&S professor Scott Manning Stevens has been awarded a Radcliffe Institute Fellowship for his new book project which confronts the alienation and appropriation of Native American culture in museums, galleries and archives.
Professor of English Dana Spiotta’s new novel has been featured in many leading media publications.
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Books by Department of English Faculty
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
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