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Is this the summer you're going to read Ulysses?

In the century since its publication, James Joyce’s Ulysses has been described as beautiful, overrated, experimental, pornographic, dull, and genius. “It’s also a great leveler,” says James Longenbach, the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English. He has taught the book since the late 1980s as part of various undergraduate and graduate courses on literary modernism.

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Inspiration Project

The Inspiration Project recently wrapped up its 11th season. Students from the University of Rochester worked with adults from CP Rochester to create original works of fiction. Click the image below to read their work!

Inspiration Project 2022 Anthology

Creative Writing Awards

Congratulations to this year's Creative Writing Award winners! You can view the full list below or visit our Awards Page as well.
Thank you to all who submitted their work!
Creative Writing Award Winners 2022

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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.

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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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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