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Preparing for Fall 2021 Semester

The Department of English is anticipating a return to in-person classes this fall, and is offering several new and exciting courses.

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Explore literature, media, and creative arts

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Join critics, scholars, and artists in teaching and learning

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Combine aesthetic, formal, and historical analysis

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Major & Minor

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 excited to work with him.

Jeffrey McCune

Inspiration Project

The Inspiration Project, sponsored by the Literary Arts Program, is now underway for its 11th year. University of Rochester students and adults from CP Rochester have begun meeting virtually this semester to create original written works. 

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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

Exploring the ever-current 'now' of lyric poetry

The language of a poem creates a repeatable event, the experience the poem offers reborn with every reading. How it does so is what James Longenbach, the Joseph Henry Gilmore Professor of English at the University of Rochester, calls “my preoccupation.”

Now Longenbach is back with a new book, The Lyric Now (University of Chicago Press, 2020), a volume that casts a more historical eye on poetry. His focus is lyric poems, comparatively short poems that focus on a speaker’s emotions. The lyric poem “has strategies for staging its own immediacy, as if the poem were written in the time it takes to be read,” he writes.

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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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