In the News

  • March 10, 2017

    University jumps to No. 18 worldwide for performing arts

    According to the 2017 QS World University Rankings released on March 8, eleven U.S. universities ranked in the top 25, with the University of Rochester No. 8 among them.

  • March 9, 2017

    English professors are Bogliasco Fellows this spring

    Poet James Longenbach and novelist Joanna Scott, both members of the English department, have received fellowships from the Bogliasco Foundation this spring, for notable achievement in the arts and humanities.

  • February 13, 2017

    Composers, choreographer win Lillian Fairchild Award for community commitment

    Composers Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon—both professors of composition at the Eastman School of Music—and choreographer Darren Stevenson, the director of PUSH Physical Theater, were honored for their contributions to the original opera Don’t Blame Anyone.

  • January 4, 2017

    English professor wins top prize for first book

    Intertwining political economy and literature, Supritha Rajan, an associate professor of English, has won this year’s Modern Language Association’s Prize for a First Book for A Tale of Two Capitalisms: Sacred Economics in Nineteenth-Century Britain.

  • December 15, 2016

    Opening a window on poetry, inspiration

    In her newest book of poetry, Window Left Open, English professor Jennifer Grotz draws on her frequent visits to Monastère de Saorge in the French Alps. “It was like the monastery became a kind of vocabulary ... more

  • November 30, 2016

    Cast reflects on Circle Mirror Transformation

    A mixture of theater rookies and veterans, the student cast and crew of Circle Mirror Transformation share some of the insights they’ve gained in working on the production, which runs through December 10.

  • November 16, 2016

    Five lives connect, unspool in Annie Baker’s Circle Mirror Transformation

    The International Theatre Program closes its fall semester with guest director Pirronne Yousefzadeh’s production of what she calls “a love letter to the theater.”

  • October 31, 2016

    Author Mia Alvar receives 2016 Kafka Prize

    On the 40th anniversary of its inception, the Janet Heininger Kafka Prize recognized a short story collection: Mia Alvar’s, In the Country. The University awards the annual prize to a promising but less established American woman ... more

  • October 19, 2016

    ‘Looking like the enemy’ examines WWII internment, current debates

    An upcoming Humanities Project event reviews the experiences of the more than 120,000 people of Japanese ancestry who were forcibly removed from their homes and placed in remote relocation camps after the bombing of Pearl Harbor.

  • October 7, 2016

    Character studies: Students take the stage in Red Ryder

    Welcome to Foster’s Diner, a little joint forgotten by all but a few sorry souls. It may not be much too look at but it sure has... character. Here are a few of the Rochester students ... more

Plutzik Reading Series: Brooks Haxton

March 23, 2017
Welles-Brown Room, 5:00pm

Brooks Haxton

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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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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.

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MA in English

Meet Morgan Lessley and read what motivated her to pursue a degree in English as well as her experience in Literary Translation Studies.

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