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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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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…)

Life Stories: The Self-Made Musical public theater performance.

LifeStoriesFlyer (1)-page-001Last spring, ENG 399: Life Stories brought together UO 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. View the video of Life Stories: The Self-Made Musical here.

View photos of the spring term rehearsals and the June 3, 2016 public performance. (more…)

New Books in Latino Studies Interview: Sarah Wald

picture-1868Lori A. Flores (SUNY Stony Brook) interviews Sarah Wald about her new book, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Framing since the Dust Bowl (University of Washington Press, 2016) for New Books in Latino Studies. You can listen to this interview online on the New Books Network. (more…)


UO English Week of Welcome Events 2016-2017

Sep 19Sep 23

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThe University of Oregon hosts a number of Week of Welcome (WOW) activities and programs before classes begin to introduce students to our campus community. (more…)

EUO WoW and Week 1 Events. 2016-2017

Sep 288:00 pm


TOic7bZK_400x400Wednesday, September 28, the EUO will table in the PLC courtyard 12:00-4:00pm. Stop by to meet EUO, ∑T∆, UO Poetry Slam, Think.Play, Unbound magazine, and Art Duckomagazine and get FREE COFFEE & COOKIES!

Wednesday’s tabling event will be followed by the First-Year Orientation and social event for new and returning students from 6:00-8:00pm in the PLC lobby. Come meet fellow English majors and related minors, hear from EUO∑T∆UO Poetry SlamThink.PlayUnbound Magazine, and Art Ducko Magazine , and eat FREE FOOD! 6:00-8:00pm in the PLC lobby. (more…)


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)

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)


Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship

Editors:  John Lysaker & William Rossi
Emerson and Thoreau: Figures of Friendship, edited by John Lysaker and William Rossi, explores the theme of friendship and how the two men conceived of friendship as the creation of shared meaning in light of personal differences, tragedy and loss, and changing life circumstances.