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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
Visiting Writer’s Series with Watzek Library.
October 23rd, 2014
A Fiction Reading by Alexis Smith
The English department is delighted to welcome author Alexis Smith. Her first novel, Glaciers, was published by Tin House Books. Her second novel, Islands, is forthcoming from Houghton Mifflin.
October 30th, 2014
A Poetry Reading with Henry Carlile
Please join the English department for an evening of poetry with Henry Carlile, who will read from his most recent publication, Oregon. Refreshments will be provided.
November 5th, 2014
Fiction Reading by Peyton Marshall
Please join the English Department for an evening with fiction writer Peyton Marshall. Her work has appeared in The New York Times, Tin House, and A Public Space among others, as well as the recent release of her debut novel, Goodhouse.
Refreshments will be provided.
January 29th, 2015
Poetry Reading by Victor Rodríguez Nuñez
Please join us for an wonderful evening with poet Victor Rodríguez Nuñez. This event is co-sponsored by the English Department and the Hispanic and Studies and Latin American Studies Departments.
February 12th, 2015
Poetry Reading by Endi Bogue Hartigan and Gillian Conoley
Please join the English Department for a wonderful evening with poets Endi Bogue Hartigan and Gillian Conoley. Refreshments will be provided.