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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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Fall 2016 New Major Temporary Course Numbers

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nAs UO English puts into effect the revised English Major, we will are using temporary course numbers during Fall 2016 registration.

The temporary course number for the introductory sequence, ENG 301, 302, 303, will be listed as ENG 399: Foundations of the English Major (CRN: 17054).

The temporary course number for the lower-division Genre course, ENG 205, will be listed as ENG 199: Genre: Lyric(s) (CRN: 12063).

Once the actual course numbers are finalized by the Registrar, they will appear on your transcripts as ENG 301: Foundations of the English Major and/or ENG 205 Genre: Lyric(s). (more…)

Requirement-satisfying Summer term ENG courses with open spots

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nUO English Upper-Division Summer Courses with Open Spots. Peruse course descriptions here.

  • Summer Session 1
  • ENG 300: Introduction to Literary Criticism (Satisfies Theory/Criticism major requirement): MTWR 6/20-7/17, 1000-1150. CRN 40776, Upton.
  • ENG 325: Literature of the Northwest (Counts toward 1789+): MTWR 6/20-7/17, 1400-1550. 40778, Witte.
  • ENG410/510 Horror and Science Fiction Comics (Counts toward 1789+ or Upper Division Electives): MTWR 6/20-7/17, 1200-1350. 42261, Saunders.

Summer Session 2 (more…)

“Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian, on KLCC, and at

-5c9d3d7d4092dd03Check out this early coverage of “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen” in The Oregonian newspaper by reporter Steve Duin.

There is also an interview with Curator Ben Saunders on KLCC 89.7.

New! An article in Eugene Weekly by Aaron Ragan-Fore, “Raising Eyebrows”


Reading: Pulitzer Prize Winner Viet Thanh Nguyen

Jun 2, 7:00 pm

Life Stories: Wider Worlds, Public Performance

Jun 3, 7:30 pm

LifeStoriesFlyer (1)-page-001ENG 399: Life Stories brings together University of Oregon students and people with disabilities in the community to interview each other about their lives and craft a public theater performance on from these life stories.  There is a public performance, Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm, Great Room, Global Scholars Hall.


2016 Commencement

Jun 13

553368_134030803410709_1204861302_nThe University of Oregon’s 2016 Commencement will be held on Monday, June 13th at 9:00 a.m. in the Matthew Knight Arena.

The English Department Commencement ceremony will take place on Monday, June 13th at 12:00 p.m. on the Memorial Quad. The departmental ceremony will include those who graduated Summer 2015 through Winter 2016 and those who have applied Spring 2016 and Summer 2016. (more…)


People (view all)

Karelia Stetz-Waters

Karelia Stetz-WatersKarelia Stetz-Waters (MA ’03) is English department chair at Linn-Benton Community College. She is also author of two thrillers, The Admirer and The Purveyor (both from Sapphire Books), a young adult novel titled Forgive Me If I’ve Told You This Before (Ooligan Press, coming Oct. 2014), and a romance titled Something True (Grand Central Publishing, coming Winter 2015.) (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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Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex and Stardom

Author: Priscilla Ovalle

Dance and the Hollywood Latina asks why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. While cinematic depictions of women and minorities have seemingly improved, a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the notion that Latinas are inherently passionate and promiscuous. Yet some Latina actresses became stars by embracing and manipulating these stereotypical fantasies.