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What is Research in English: Creative Writers' Research Methods

Participate in a panel discussion with English department faculty and learn how they conduct research for their creative work. Read more
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Fall Welcome Picnic

Kick off the semester with the English Department! Meet faculty, staff and fellow students. Read more

Congratulations 2017 Class Valedictorian Breanne Marie Pye (at microphone) and all CU English Graduates!

On Friday, May 12, 2017, graduate and undergraduate students in literature and creative writing filled the Mary Rippon Theater with friends and family to celebrate the well-earned receipt of their BA, MA, MFA and Doctorate Degrees. Congratulations all CU English Department graduates. Best of luck in all your future endeavors, careers and continued academic pursuits! Read more

Ruth Ellen Kocher in Conversation with Colorado Matters

This Thursday, May 18, Professor Ruth Ellen Kocher will discuss Third Voice (Tupelo Press, 2016) with Ryan Warner of "Colorado Matters" (Colorado Public Radio). For Third Voice, Professor Kocher received the Independent Publisher Award for Poetry and was a finalist for the 2017 Colorado Book Award in Poetry, the Rilke Award for Poetry and the Binghamton University Milt Kessler Poetry Book Award. Read more

DIS-REPAIR WORKSHOP with visiting artist/researcher Rob Duarte

Learn how to hack broken and outdated mice and keyboards to create new ways of physically interacting with computers! You'll use low-tech methods to create sensors that allow users to control games by punching, create computer music by twisting knobs, or manipulate a video projection by moving objects on a table - all without programming microcontrollers. Read more

Screening and discussion of Killing Gaza with filmmaker and journalist Max Blumenthal

Killing Gaza intimately examines Israel’s fifty-one day offensive in summer 2014 against Gaza and Hamas... Read more

Undergraduate UROP Grant Opportunities!

This is the second of three faculty panel sessions, scheduled for Spring and Fall 2017, titled, “What is Research in English?” At these sessions, English department faculty will introduce students to the vast range of faculty research projects that are currently being conducted by tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Read more

Yohei Igarashi - Official Romanticism Maximized: Wordsworth and Bureaucratic Form

How did Wordsworth’s other career, as a civil servant specializing in stamp and legacy taxes, affect his poetry? Wordsworth’s work as Distributor of Stamps — odes to duty of a different kind — brings into focus the evolution of Britain’s fiscal-bureaucratic infrastructure during the long eighteenth century, and raises the question... Read more

Peter Capuano - Digital Humanities and Analogic Scholarship

This talk addresses the possibilities, pitfalls, and merits of combining computational methodologies and traditional literary analysis. Read more

Dr. Carolyn Dinshaw - The Third Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Literature

Carolyn Dinshaw, The Julius Silver, Roslyn S. Silver, and Enid Silver Winslow Professor of English and Social and Cultural Analysis at New York University, will visit CU to deliver the third Annual Doug Burger Lecture in Medieval and Early Modern Studies on March 16, 2017, and to run a seminar on March 17, 2017, for interested graduate and advanced undergraduate students. Read more
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What is Research in English: Finding Archival Sources

This is the first of three faculty panel sessions, scheduled for Spring and Fall 2017, titled, “What is Research in English?” At these sessions, English department faculty will introduce students to the vast range of faculty research projects that are currently being conducted by tenured and tenure-track faculty members. Read more

18/19 Speaker Event: Jon Klancher on March 9

Please join us in welcoming Dr. Jon Klancher of Carnegie Mellon University for his talk, "Origins of the Concept of 'Scale': Reading the Print Technologies 1680-1820," on March 9th, 4:30-6pm, in ECON 13 (see abstract and bio below). Dr. Klancher will be introduced by Professor Thora Brylowe. Read more

MALfunction #5: Dissent

Tuesday, March 7 @ 6:30pm CU Museum of Natural History Free and open to the... Read more
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Literary Buffs Open House

Sunday, March 5, 1:30-3 p.m. @ Innisfree Poetry Bookstore Enjoy a free beverage and great... Read more

The Nobel Lecture Series, Spring 2017

Join CU Boulder faculty (including the English department's Adam Bradley on January 30th, at 7:00 p.m.) for a series of lectures on Nobel Prize-winning authors from around the world! The lecture series is free and open to the public. Read more

Featured Courses


ENGL 3245-001: American Poetry, The Visionary Tradition

Divine am I inside and out, and I make holy whatever I touch or am... Read more

ENGL 3267-001: Women Writers, British Women Writers of the Romantic Era

In this course we will read a variety of women writers. Romanticism (1750-1832) is often called the Age of Revolution because it overturned all kinds of traditional, conformist thinking as well as sparking revolutions in America and France. Read more

ENGL 3523-001: The Renaissance in England, 1500-1600

The first vision of a utopia. The first English sonnets. The first English epic. The new medium of the public theater. The sixteenth century in England saw the invention of some of our most beloved and interesting literary forms, by some of the best writers who have ever lived. Read more

ENGL 3564-001: Romanticsm, British Literature and the East: 1750-1850

Romanticism (1750-1832), often called the Age of Revolution, overturned all kinds of traditional, conformist thinking as well as igniting revolutions in America and France. A major interest during this era were the geographical sites Romantics considered “Eastern”: Greece, India, Egypt, Jerusalem, and Syria. Read more

ENGL 4039-001: Critical Thinking in English Studies, Literature and the City

A promise of opportunity; a site of misery and alienation; an escape from the country; a space of deviance and crime—the city has historically alternately fascinated and repelled, a spatial locus that mediates the dreams and fears saturating our cultural imaginaries. Read more

ENGL 4039-003: Critical Thinking in English Studies, British Radicals of the Nineteenth Century

Atheist, feminist, socialist, vegetarian, gay rights activist: these are just a few modes of radical politics that circulated in nineteenth-century Britain, in prose, poetry and fiction. We will consider how these authors arrived at their various politics of resistance and contrast their approaches with the growing liberalism of the age (which is a much more moderate approach). Read more

ENGL 5029-001: British Literature and Culture Before 1800, Literature and Human Rights

Rights are entitlements or justifiable claims; human rights are a special kind of claim that... Read more

ENGL 4039-004: Critical Thinking In English Studies, The Literature of Defiance

All too often, English majors are told that their studies are impractical. W.H. Auden’s famous line, “Poetry makes nothing happen,” is often misunderstood as admitting the powerlessness of literature in general. In fact, though, literature has a track record of empowering social change. Read more

ENGL 2102-100: Literary Analysis

A good reader of literature is a good reader of anything—a tweet, a blog, an advertisement, a news story, a movie review, a market analysis, a cookbook. If you read something, you will read it better—with more understanding, and with more appreciation—if you become adept in the specific techniques and approaches that literary analysis requires. Read more

ENGL 5059-001: British Literature and Culture after 1800, Romantic Culture/the Canon

We will have two primary aims in this class. First, we will explore together the poetry and drama of canonical romanticism. While many courses on romanticism now focus on writers that have been neglected or issues that have been ignored, we will start by reading widely in the “Big Six” poets (Blake, Wordsworth, Coleridge, Byron, Shelley, Keats). Read more
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ENGL 5109-001: Survey of Contemporary Literary and Cultural Theory, Posthuman/Postnature

The course considers a selection of contemporary American ecofictions in the context of posthuman and postnatural theory. These ecofictions rework the category of “nature” outside of a realist narrative framework but still take their bearings from notions of environmental degradation and sustainability. Read more

ENGL 3000-100: Shakespeare for Nonmajors

Introduction to Shakespeare introduces students to 6-10 of Shakespeare's major plays. Comedies, histories, and tragedies will be studied. Some non-dramatic poetry may be included. Viewing of Shakespeare in performance is often required. Read more

ENGL 3164-001: History and Literature of Georgian Britian

Georgian England is a dynamic moment in British history. It covers the literature, life, and history during the reign of four King Georges (1714-1830). It was a time of the revival of Greek classicism’s serenity and in contrast a time of explosive revolutions. Read more

ENGL 1001-001: Freshman Writing Seminar

This course explores storytelling traditions of Native America by a range of contemporary writers while teaching mastery of college-level writing and composition skills. We read stories from contemporary L/Dakota, Pueblo, Cherokee, Mohawk, Oneida, Hopi, Okanogan, and other indigenous authors, and we learn tools of close reading, literary interpretation, and analysis. Read more

ENGL 2115-001: American Frontiers

An exploration of the American “Self,” this class investigates the frontiers that kept people in nineteenth-century America bottled up and fenced in even as the territorial frontiers were being expanded. As people went West, what happened to those who stayed East? What internal struggles did people experience as they tried to situate themselves in an industrializing world? Read more