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“Your job is to find what the world is trying to be.”William Stafford

 

The English Department’s rigorous curriculum introduces students to a shared literary tradition while encouraging intellectual independence. Our classes acquaint students with a wide range of British and American literature, teaching students to engage with the texts through close reading and literary analysis.  Small class sizes allow students to build close relationships with our dynamic faculty of active scholars and creative writers, and ensure that students receive individual attention during class time and office hours. In the classroom, students participate in an interactive process of discussion and collaborative interpretation. Professors continually challenge students to argue thoughtfully and communicate effectively, both on the page and in real time. 

We are a community beyond our classes, sponsoring many literary events open to the public throughout the year.  In addition to hosting nationally recognized authors and critics as Mark Edmundson, Geoffrey O’Brien, and Lyn Hejinian, we regularly showcase the scholarly and creative work of our own faculty and students in colloquia and readings. Many students are also involved with the Lewis & Clark Literary Review, a student-produced literary magazine sponsored by the English Department.  See Wordsworth, our department newsletter, to learn more.

 

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The Department of English is pleased to co-sponsor the
Visiting Writer’s Series with Watzek Library.

Events

September 15th, 2014

  • Image preview 5:30pm: A Conversation with Shaye Areheart
    Please join Professor Pauls Toutonghi for a conversation with publisher and Director of Columbia University Publishing Course Shay Areheart.

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