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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
Scheibel portrait

(Nov. 21, 2022)

A Passion for Classic Hollywood Cinema

Associate Professor Will Scheibel's recent book examines the life and career of Golden Era Hollywood starlet Gene Tierney.

From left to right, Professors Channelle Benz, Delali Kumavie and Ethan Madarieta.

(Oct. 19, 2022)

Department of English Celebrates Faculty Authors

The event recognized faculty works published over the past two years.

Suspended book in bookstore.

(Oct. 4, 2022)

Fall into Reading with these A&S Books

Explore new ideas and perspectives with the following selection of works by A&S faculty and creative writing alumni.

Portrait of Joshua Koskoff.

(May 12, 2022)

Righting Wrongs

English alum Joshua Koskoff ’88 continues his family’s legacy of fighting for justice.

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Books by Department of English Faculty