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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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News

UO English Professor Emeritus Edwin Coleman Passes Away

picture-22The Eugene Register-Guard reported January 21, 2017, that UO English Professor Emeritus, Edwin Coleman, has passed away. He was 84 years old. (more…)

Winter 2017 university and major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThere is still room in four Winter 2017 university and major requirement-satisfying ENG courses!

ENG 199 Special Studies: Digital Literature (Will become part of the new minor in Applied Digital Cultures), Professor Kaufman,

Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective (more…)

Music and War: Lisa Gilman studies soldiers’ playlists

picture-35UO English and Folklore Professor Lisa Gilman’s new book, My Music, My War: Listening Habits of the U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, examines what soldiers listen to both during and after war. (more…)

Events

Reading: C. Dale Young

Apr 13, 8:00 pm

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C. Dale Young is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Halo (Four Way Books 2016).   (more…)

Lecture: Michael Tisserand

Apr 17, 4:00 pm

“Birth of the Krazy: The Early Days of KrazyCatLectureGeorge Herriman and Krazy Kat
Monday April 17th – 4:00 PM – 123 PAC

Please join us for a fascinating look at the intersections of race, popular culture, and the publishing industry in the first half of the twentieth century.

 

Comics and Cartoon Studies would like to thank the Oregon Humanities Center and the Departments of Art History, Comparative Literature, and English for their generous co-sponsorship of this event.

If you have any questions or would like more information, please email gilroy@uoregon.edu

Reading: Chinelo Okparanta

May 11, 8:00 pm

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Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparantareceived her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Colgate University Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction as well as a recipient of the University of Iowa’s Provost’s Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction, Okparanta was nominated for a US Artists Fellowship in 2012.  (more…)

Features

People (view all)

Christine Senavsky

Senavsky 2016 ValecictorianChristine Senavsky (BA English, BMus Music Performance 2016) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2016. This is the text of her commencement speech delivered to her English peers at the 2016 English Department Commencement on the 13th of June 2016.

“Studying English is no mere jaunt through the classics’ corridors.” (more…)

Programs (view all)

History of the UO Composition Program

Clarify Your Vision, Then Write: Reflections on the History of the University of Oregon Composition Program tells the story of how writing has been taught to UO undergraduates since the founding of the University in 1876.  Written by Professor John Gage, this booklet traces the continuity of the program’s focus on progressive rhetorical pedagogy and argumentative writing, and the changes that have made the program what it is today.  (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)

My Music, My War: The Listening Habits of U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan

51SzoT6UMOL._AC_US160_Author:  Lisa Gilman

In the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, recent technological developments in music listening enabled troops to carry vast amounts of music with them and easily acquire new music, for themselves and to share with their fellow troops as well as friends and loved ones far away. This ethnographic study examines U.S. troops’ musical-listening habits during and after war, and the accompanying fear, domination, violence, isolation, pain, and loss that troops experienced.

My Music, My War is a moving ethnographic account of what war was like for those most intimately involved. It shows how individuals survive in the messy webs of conflicting thoughts and emotions that are intricately part of the moment-to-moment and day-to-day phenomenon of war, and the pervasive memories in its aftermath. It gives fresh insight into musical listening as it relates to social dynamics, gender, community formation, memory, trauma, and politics.