Featured Events


Spring 2018 Commencement

Join us as we celebrate the accomplishments of graduating students at the English Department’s Commencement ceremony, Friday, May 11, 2018, 9 a.m. - noon, in the Mary Rippon Theatre (the outdoor theater in the center of Hellems). Details to follow. Add it to your and your loved ones' calendars now. Read more

End-of-Semester Cocoa Social for English Department

The Undergraduate Student Advisory Council invites you to stop by the Dilts Lounge for hot... Read more

Adam Bradley, The Chautauqua Author Series: Wednesday, Nov. 29, 7 p.m., Chautauqua Community House

Adam Bradley will speak at the Chautauqua Author Series on Wednesday, Nov. 29, at 7 p.m., in the Chautauqua Community House, to discuss his new work on the lyricism of popular music, "The Poetry of Pop." Read more
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The Creative Writing Reading Series presents Allison Cobb and Lisa Olstein

Join the Creative Writing Reading Series for an evening of poetry with Allison Cobb and Lisa Olstein. Thursday, Nov. 16, 7:30 p.m., Norlin M549 (Center for British and Irish Studies) Read more
trivia night

Join the Lit Buffs for Trivia Night!

Show off those big brains! Join the Lit Buffs for an entertaining night of trivia. Open to everyone. Bring your friends! Read more

A Talk with Stephen Graham Jones: 'Comic Books Through The Ages'

We live in a comic book age. But where did it all start? Take a journey with Stephen Graham Jones back to when comic books weren't comic books, then come up through all the big events, all the epochs and milestones, all the capes and tights, to land with two feet in the world you're already in and take off again. Up, up, and away. Read more

2017 George Norlin Award Recipient Professor Yusur Al-Madani: 'Such a Transformation!' Shakespeare Re-made, Sulayman Al-Bassam's Richard III, an Arab Tragedy

For more than three decades, Professor Yusur Wajih Al-Madani of Kuwait University has made extraordinary... Read more
lit london

INTEREST MEETING: "Literary London: Virginia Woolf on Site"

Interested in studying Virginia Woolf in London this summer? Do not miss the interest meeting!... Read more
The Less teaching, the more learning

The Less Teaching, The More Learning, and other lessons from the radical past

On Wednesday, October 18, at 2 p.m., Professor Marty Bickman will give an enlightening talk about his experience teaching college-level English and his career in higher education. Read more

Prof. Frederick Luis Aldama - Reel and Real LATINX Lives Matter

Frederick Luis Aldama is Arts & Humanities Distinguished Professor of English, University Distinguished Scholar, and... Read more
what to do with that major

What to do with that major: Careers for students in the Arts & Humanities

Careers for students in the Arts & Humanities What to do with that Major? Career... Read more
poetry reading

Ali Hasan and Grant Souders - Poetry reading

Ali Hasan and Grant Souders will read selections of their poetry from published and in-progress... Read more
what is research in english

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

Featured Courses


ENGL 3246-001: Topics in Popular Culture: Science Fiction

This course investigates why contemporary popular culture imagines the future in post-apocalyptic terms. We’ll examine... Read more
creative writing

ENGL 1191: Introduction to Creative Writing

This course introduces students to techniques of writing fiction and poetry. Student work is scrutinized by the instructor and may be discussed in a workshop atmosphere with other students. 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 5109-001: Literature and Culture of the United States: Contemporary Black Poetry

This course examines recent work by black American poets. We shall survey the range of voices, attitudes toward art, differing notions about the responsibilities of the poet, and conceptions of the relationship among literature, race, and society. Read more

ENGL 5109-002: Jewish-American Literature

This course explores Jewish-American fiction and drama from the late nineteenth century through today. We will read classics as well as some more modern works. We'll be asking difficult questions of this literature: why was it written, does it qualify as ethnic literature, and what role does it play in American literary history? Read more

ENGL 5459-001, 002: Introduction to the Profession

This course will provide new graduate students at the masters and doctoral levels with an... Read more

ENGL 5229-001: Poetry Workshop

This course is designed to give students time and impetus to generate poetry and discussion of it in an atmosphere at once supportive and critically serious. Enrollment requires admission to the Creative Writing Graduate Program or the instructor's approval of an application manuscript. Read more
lit theory

ENGL 5529-001: Teaching Literature: Pedagogies and Practices

This class will explore the fundamentals of good teaching, both philosophically and practically. The philosophical... Read more

ENGL 5059: British Literature and Culture after 1800: Victorian Poetry and Feminism

This course will consider how Victorian poetry approached what the era referred to as “The... Read more

ENGL 2058-001: 20th and 21st Century Literature

This course has three main aims: (1) to introduce you to a wide variety of significant literary works and movements from the twentieth century; (2) to explore the interconnections and influences that link literary works to historical and social pressures... Read more
media studies

ENGL 5549-002: Studies in Special Topics: A Literary History of Infrastructure and Media

This course introduces students to the new field called "Infrastructure Studies" - a field that... Read more
fiction workshop

ENGL 5239: Fiction Workshop

The primary activity in this class will be the reading and discussion of student work,... Read more

ENGL 3583-001: Milton

John Milton is among the most important and gifted poets to have written in the... Read more

ENGL 3088-001: Major Authors, Post 1900: W.B. Yeats

William Butler Yeats, one of the greatest poets of the twentieth century, richly repays careful... Read more

ENGL 5549-001: The Book as Media Object

This course explores media theory from a historical perspective, looking at 18th- and 19th-century instances of “media saturation.” We will consider the physical nature and structure of the codex and the historical changes that led to the emergence of media theory and book history. Expect theoretical forays into media ecology Read more