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Syracuse University, College of Arts and Sciences

Department of English

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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

Manning Stevens portrait

Challenging the Museum Narrative

posted on: Aug. 5, 2021

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.


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Books by Department of English Faculty

  • All's Well

    All's Well

    All's Well, by Mona Awad, Simon & Schuster (August 3, 2021), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-1982169664

  • Wayward


    Wayward: A novel, by Dana Spiotta, Random House Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (July 6, 2021), 410pp., ISBN-13: 978-0593414446

  • Mister Toebones

    Mister Toebones

    Brooks Haxton, Mister Toebones: Poems, Knopf (March 23, 2021), 120pp., ISBN-13: 978-0593318522

  • A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    A Swim in a Pond in the Rain

    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 and Babies

    Snakes and Babies

    Snakes & Babies by Jules Gibbs, Sheep Meadow Press (January 4, 2021), 82pp., ISBN-13 : 978-1937679897

  • Romantic Capabilities: Blake, Scott, Austen, and the New Messages of Old Media

    Romantic Capabilities: Blake, Scott, Austen, and the New Messages of Old Media

    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

    Twin Peaks

    Twin Peaks, by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press, 2020, 122pp., ISBN: 9780814346235

  • Documenting the Visual Arts

    Documenting the Visual Arts

    Documenting the Visual Arts, edited by Roger Hallas, Routledge 2019, 270pp., ISBN: 9781138565999