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The National Research Council ranks our English PhD program among the best in the country.
Our faculty and students participate in numerous individual and collaborative research projects.
In the News
Jennifer Grotz, professor of English, recently explored what sparks poetry in writers by examining Galway Kinnell’s “When One Has Lived A Long Time Alone,” a poem of poems within a book. Kinnell received his master’s from the University of Rochester. Read Grotz’s piece and an excerpt from Kinnell’s work.
Creative Writing News
The Department of English extends its congratulations to Melissa Balmain, adjunct instructor, for winning the 2020 Poetry By The Sea Sonnet Contest with her work, "Niagara Overlook." Read the piece here.
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.
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.Read More
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