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Spring Changes Due to COVID-19

The Department of English, in accordance with state, federal, and university policies, is adjusting its practices for the spring 2021 semester.

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Combine aesthetic, formal, and historical analysis

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Pursue a degree or take courses in one of our distinct program tracks.

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Graduate Studies

The National Research Council ranks our English PhD program among the best in the country.

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Our faculty and students participate in numerous individual and collaborative research projects.

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Faculty News

Jeffrey Q. McCune, Jr., associate professor of women, gender, and sexuality studies and of African and African American studies at Washington University in St. Louis, has been named director of the Frederick Douglass Institute in the School of Arts & Sciences. The Department of English is delighted to welcome him to the university and we are exited to work with him.

Jeffrey McCune

Creative Writing News

Mark your calendars! On Thursday, November 12th, 2020 we will be hosting a virtual panel on creative fiction writing with Professors Joanna Scott, Stephen Schottenfeld and David Hansen. "The Art of Making Things Up" will be at 5:30pm via Zoom.

To join via Zoom and for more information, click here.

Poster Creative Writing Panel

Did you know?

English department faculty have garnered numerous awards and honors, including from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, Newberry Library, and Modern Language Association, among others.

For 20+ years, Professor Emeritus Russell Peck led the “Theater in England” course, shepherding participants to multiple plays each day over two weeks. Katherine Mannheimer now leads the course.

Blake/An Illustrated Quarterly, a journal devoted to the artist and poet William Blake, is celebrating its 50th year in 2016-17.

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Feature Story

METS Awarded 3-Year NEH Grant

The National Endowment for the Humanities has awarded the Middle English Text Series, a Rossell Hope Robbins Library publication, a Scholarly Editions & Translations grant worth nearly $300,000. The three-year grant will allow the team to publish six volumes of medieval literary texts (thirteenth to fifteenth centuries) in print and online. It will also support the implementation of an updated digital interface to enhance and expand user access to the nearly 100 volumes already published. In recent years, METS online texts have attracted nearly one million hits per year from more than 135 different countries and language groups around the globe. Thomas Hahn, Professor of English, now serves as Principal Investigator for the series, which was originated in 1990 by now Professor Emeritus Russell Peck.

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126internships and research projects

In the last two years, undergraduates have completed 126 English Department honors theses, local and national internships, and independent research projects.

Alumni in the News

Kali Quinn illustration by David CowlesKali Quinn '03
BA in English

Via Rochester Review: "What’s Your Script?"
Through ‘compassionate creativity,’ theater artist Kali Quinn ’03 finds her own script, and helps others find theirs. Artwork: David Cowles for Rochester Review

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