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Welcome to the Department of English at the University of Oregon. Our nearly 50 full-time faculty members are committed to offering students a broad foundation in traditional British, American, and Anglophone literary studies, as well as intensive coursework in interdisciplinary studies, emerging media, and current critical methodologies.  Learn more about the people and programs of the English Department by exploring our website, or contact us via email.


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New Books in Latino Studies Interview: Sarah Wald

picture-1868Lori A. Flores (SUNY Stony Brook) interviews Sarah Wald about her new book, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Framing since the Dust Bowl (University of Washington Press, 2016) for New Books in Latino Studies. You can listen to this interview online on the New Books Network. (more…)

UO English Commencement tomorrow!

553368_134030803410709_1204861302_nUO English Commencement is tomorrow, Monday, June 13, 2016 at 12:00pm.

Graduates, please gather in the PLC courtyard at 11:30am when staff will hand out name cards. Professor Rossi will call everyone together to line up for the procession at 11:45am.

Three Summer Courses with Open Spots!


Session 1: ENG 300:  Introduction to Literary Criticism

Session 2: ENG 399: Ken Kesey

Session 3: ENG 245: 20th Century Poetics and U.S. Social Movements (more…)


UO English Week of Welcome Events 2016-2017

Sep 19Sep 23

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThe University of Oregon hosts a number of Week of Welcome (WOW) activities and programs before classes begin to introduce students to our campus community. (more…)

EUO WoW and Week 1 Events. 2016-2017

Sep 288:00 pm


TOic7bZK_400x400Wednesday, September 28, the EUO will table in the PLC courtyard 12:00-4:00pm. Stop by to meet EUO, ∑T∆, UO Poetry Slam, Think.Play, Unbound magazine, and Art Duckomagazine and get FREE COFFEE & COOKIES!

Wednesday’s tabling event will be followed by the First-Year Orientation and social event for new and returning students from 6:00-8:00pm in the PLC lobby. Come meet fellow English majors and related minors, hear from EUO∑T∆UO Poetry SlamThink.PlayUnbound Magazine, and Art Ducko Magazine , and eat FREE FOOD! 6:00-8:00pm in the PLC lobby. (more…)


People (view all)

Joel Ekdahl

Profile PicJoel Ekdahl (BA 2015) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2015. This is the text of his commencement speech delivered to his English peersat the 2015 English Department Commencement on the 15th of June 2015.

I would like to start by doing something that we as English majors so often do and that is to challenge an assumption. (more…)

Programs (view all)

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative is a community-based education program of the UO English Department. UOLI was founded in 1998. A college student in a UOLI course completes an internship that dovetails with the course’s curriculum. Practical service in the community enriches academic learning in the classroom. Students can choose from a wide variety of community partners, including K-12 schools, the juvenile detention center, the Boys and Girls Club, the CTL Reading Clinic, Nearby Nature, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)


The Promise of Reason

Edited by John Gage

The scholarly essays in this collection testify to the enduring legacy  of The New Rhetoric, the 20th-century’s most important treatise on  argumentation.  Contributors from around the world discuss concepts from  the treatise and apply them to an understanding of practical reasoning.    The book derives from the international Promise of Reason Conference  held at the University of Oregon in 2008 to commemorate the 50th  anniversary of the publication of The New Rhetoric.