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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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University of Oregon to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016


The University of Oregon has been selected as the host site for the state of Oregon for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is bringing a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. (more…)

Audio Available for “Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson”

Hands Up and BreatheThe audio recording of last month’s “Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson” on Friday, March 13 from 300-4:30pm in Gerlinger Lounge is now available. You can listen to the MP3 of the proceedings here.

Also, while he was here for the event, Dr. James PetersonDirector of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University, sat for an interview with UO English professor Paul Peppis, for UO Today. Watch the interview here. (more…)

“We Love PLC” Photo Contest!

Welcome to the official page of the University of Oregon English Department’s “We Love PLC” Photo Contest! As many of you know, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, or PLC,  is not the most beautiful building on campus, but PLC is home to important offices like the Department of English, Oregon Humanities Center, the Teaching and Learning Center, and hundreds of offices for Professors, instructors and staff at the UO. In order to show our appreciation for this important location, the English Department is hosting a PLC photo contest!Photo by Erica Lambright

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An Evening of Poetry With Phil Kaye

Apr 28

The English Undergraduate Organization presents “An Evening of Poetry With Phil Kaye, featuring the UO Poetry Slam Team” on Tuesday, April 28 from 6:30-9:00pm in the EMU Ballroom. This event is free and open to the public.KayePoster

Phil Kaye is a Japanese American performance poet who has shared his work around the world – performing and teaching in over a dozen countries. His work has been viewed over five million times online and featured in media outlets ranging from NPR to Al Jazeera America to (more…)

Reading: John Witte

May 6

WITDISJohn Witte will be reading from his latest collection, Disquiet, on Wednesday, May 6 at 7:00 in the Knight Library Browsing Room. (more…)

Symposium: Rethinking Race in the Anthropocene

May 7May 9

Race in the AnthropoceneThe University of Oregon will host the Rethinking Race in the Anthopocene Symposium on May 7-9, 2015. The symposium features keynote speakers Professor of American Studies, Julie Sze (UC Davis) and Professor of Visual Arts and co-founder of the Electronic Disturbance Theater, Ricardo Dominquez (UCSD). (more…)


People (view all)

Presidential Research Lecture: Gordon Sayre

IMG_1063On March 4, UO professor of English Gordon Sayre delivered the Spring 2014 Presidential Research Lecture: “Lines and Voices: Maps and Narratives in 18th Century Middle America.”


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…)

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Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays by Henry D. Thoreau

Editor:  William Rossi

In Wild Apples and Other Natural History Essays by Henry D. Thoreau, edited by William Rossi, readers will see how Thoreau melded conventions of natural history writing with elements of travel writing and landscape writing to explore concerns ranging from America’s westward expansion to the figural dimensions of scientific facts and phenomena.