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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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UO English major, Jason Irrgang, featured in CAScade

JasonIrrgang-300x200CAScade: Magazine of UO Arts and Sciences feature story, “Big Daddies, Little Sisters,” highlights UO English major, Jason Irrgang’s research on gender and the video game Bioshock for his UO English honors thesis.

The issue also includes a link, “Curious About What You Can Do With an English Major?” featuring careers of UO English alumni.

English Undergraduate Organization partners with Unbound Magazine to publish anthology issue

Unbound AnthologyWorking with the English Undergraduate Organization (EUO) and the UO Art Department, Unbound: UO’s Official Literary-Arts Magazine has published an anthology of art, fiction, poetry, and award-winning critical essays by UO English undergraduates. The issue will be released during Week of Welcome at the EUO’s information table at the EMU Fishbowl from 10:00am-3:00pm. (more…)

UO English on YouTube

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The English Department has a new YouTube presence!

We’re curating videos from English faculty DUKTalks, faculty and student interviews from UO Today, and members of our student Poetry Slam Team. (more…)


UO English Spring in London Program Information Session

Oct 22Oct 29

LondonStudyThis Wednesday, October 22, the EUO will host an information session for the UO English Spring in LondonProgram in 253 PLC from 6:30-7:30. Come hear from Prof. Elizabeth Bohls, AHA representatives, and students who have participated in the program.

History of Art and Architecture Lecture by Jed Rasula

Oct 23Oct 29

RasulaProfessor Jed Rasula, Helen S. Lanier Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Georgia, will deliver a public lecture, “History of a Shiver: The Sublime Impudence of Modernism” on Thursday, October 23 at 5:30pm in 177 Lawrence Hall. (more…)

A. Kinglsey Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Studies Presents: A performance by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players.

Oct 24Nov 10

OSFIn celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players will perform selections from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in the Hope Theater at The University of Oregon Miller Theatre Complex on Monday, November 10 from 4:00-4:50.

Free tickets are available in 118 PLC starting Monday, November 3



People (view all)

Dan Tannacito

Tannacito picDan Tannacito (DA ’70; PhD ’72) retired recently (2012) as Emeritus Professor of English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) after 35 years of teaching and research. He was a Distinguished Professor of Teaching at IUP, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, Director of Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL, and Director of the American Language Institute for 30 years.  (more…)

Programs (view all)

The Center for Teaching Writing

The Center for Teaching Writing, an outreach partner of the English Department’s Composition Program, provides students with opportunities to improve their writing in college and faculty with resources for including more student writing in their courses.  It also functions as a research outreach component for the study of teaching argumentative writing. (more…)

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Playing the Races

Author:  Henry B. Wonham

In Playing the Races, Henry B. Wonham explains why the major practitioners of American literary realism so often resorted to the patently un-realistic technique of caricature in their representation of ethnic identity.