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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 York Times features Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change”

CLIMATENOVELS-master675The New York Times story, “Using the Arts to Teach How to Prepare for Climate Crisis,” features Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “The Cultures of Climate Change.” Professor LeMenager is the Barbara and Carlisle Moore Professor of English.

UO Surpasses Goal for Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

As a whole, UO collected 3,850 pounds of donated food and over $42,000 in donated cash, payroll deductions, and chocolate sales for a total of 198,909.44 pounds of food for the Governor’s State Employees Food Drive. This year’s goal was to raise 175,000 pounds.


Fembot’s Books Aren’t Dead Interview: Courtney Thorsson

picture-77In this month’s BAD interview, Tasia Milton talks with Courtney Thorsson, author of Women’s Work: Nationalism and Contemporary African American Women’s Novels.  You can listen to this interview online at Fembot Collective: Gender, New Media, and Technology.



Jennifer Wenzel Workshop

Apr 17

The English Department is sponsoring a workshop by Professor Jennifer Wenzel on Thursday, April 17th, at 3:30 pm. on her recent essay “Reading Fanon, Reading Nature,” at 3:30pm in Allen 140.

Professor Wenzel‘s primary research areas are African and South Asian literatures in English, literatures of Third World liberation, environmental criticism and post-colonial theory.


Asian American Voices: A Collins Literary Forum

Apr 21May 15


Asian American Voices Series

Mark your calendar for these exciting public readings!

Gish Jen, April 21 at 8:00 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Maxine Hong Kingston, May 5 at 8:00 p.m. in Columbia 150.

Bill Cheng, May 12 at 8:00 p.m. in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Chang-Rae Lee, May 15 at 8:00 p.m. in Columbia 150.

Free and open to the public. This event is sponsored by UO English and the Collins Fund.


People (view all)

Priscilla Peña Ovalle

ovalle_HuffPostLive-screengrabHuff Post Live: “Dance Like a Pro At Any Weight,” featuring Professor Priscilla Peña Ovalle. 

Huff Post Live’s Nancy Redd interviews dancer and founder of the No Body Shame Campaign Whitney Thore who learned she had Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome after gaining 200 pounds in college—but it didn’t stop her from dancing. Professor Ovalle and Roslyn Mays join their discussion. (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)


Asian American Literature

Editor:  David Leiwei Li

Asian American Literature edited by David Leiwei Li is a 4 volume, 2240 pages collection literary criticism from the Major Works Series of Routledge 2012.