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“Your job is to find what the world is trying to be.”
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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
2013-2014 Visiting Writer’s Series with Watzek Library.
February 7th, 2014
Symposium: “You Must Revise Your Life”—Stafford at 100, a Celebration and Reassessment
A two-day symposium held on campus and in the city featuring faculty, students, staff, scholars, and poets. The symposium is an opportunity to see Stafford’s influence on the arts as a whole, look at his work as a photographer, and to reflect on his influence on music, art, and the written word.(Until February 8th 2014)
An Evening of Poetry with LC Alumna (‘08) Corey Van Landingham
Please join the English department on Friday, February 7 for an evening of poetry with Lewis & Clark alumna (‘08) and Wallace C. Stegner Poetry Fellow Corey Van Landingham. Van Landingham will read from her poetry collection Antidote (2013). Refreshments will be provided.
April 14th, 2014
Poetry Readings by Samiya Bashir & Joy Katz
The Lewis & Clark English department and Watzek Library are delighted to welcome the community to a co-reading by poets Samiya Bashir and Joy Katz. Refreshments will be provided.
April 22nd, 2014
Senior Fiction Readings
The Department of English department cordially invites you to one of our most anticipated annual events. Please join us as for readings of original works of fiction by senior students from Pauls Toutonghi’s Advanced Fiction Writing course. Refreshments will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!
April 24th, 2014
Literary Review Release Party
The Literary Review, Lewis & Clark’s student-run literary magazine will be celebrating the release of this year’s edition with food and good company. The magazine features poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction written by students from various majors. Please join us!