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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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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Annual Toiletry Drive

toiletrydribe-1mpxalz-231x300October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and, in cooperation with the ASUO Women’s Center, UO English is once again taking contributions for the annual toiletry drive. A purple bin is available in the main English office (118 PLC) for donations. All of the donations will benefit Womenspace and First Place Family Center.  They are looking for full sized toiletries, but will accept all donations. (more…)

Gordon Sayre Receives Faculty Excellence Award

picture-68Professor Gordon Sayre is one of thirteen outstanding UO faculty members selected to receive the 2014-2015 Fund for Faculty Excellence Awards.

The recipients were chosen based on scholarly impact within their fields of study, their contributions to program and institutional quality at the University of Oregon, and their academic leadership. (more…)

UO English major, Jason Irrgang, featured in CAScade

JasonIrrgang-300x200CAScade: Magazine of UO Arts and Sciences feature story, “Big Daddies, Little Sisters,” highlights UO English major, Jason Irrgang’s research on gender and the video game Bioshock for his UO English honors thesis. (more…)


UO Poetry Twitter Poetry Contest

Nov 24Dec 1, 11:59 pm

twitter contest flyer - square for instagramAll UO students are invited to participate in the UO Poetry Slam Twitter Poetry Contest! Tweet a poem to @UOPoetrySlam between 11/24-12/1 to enter. Winners will be announced at the Poetry Slam in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Student Lounge on December 3, 6:30-8:00pm. Rules: (more…)

Native Studies Research Colloquium: “Transborder Gendered Violence and Resistance: “Indigenous Women Migrants Seeking U.S. Asylum,” a talk by Lynn Stephen

Dec 1

Lynn-Stephen-_LatinoCollections_6_11_287_WEB-300x275 Native Studies Research Colloquium: “Transborder Gendered Violence and Resistance: Indigenous Women Migrants Seeking U.S. Asylum,”a talk by Dr. Lynn Stephen, on December 1, 2014 at The Many Nations Longhouse from 12:00-1:30pm. (more…)

3rd Annual Climate Change and Indigenous Peoples Conference and Student Symposium

Dec 2Dec 3


People (view all)

Luchen Li

Luchen LiSince earning his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon in 1998, Luchen Li has had a rich and varied career as an administrator and scholar of John Steinbeck and American literature and cultural studies. He recently accepted the title of Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of New Hampshire, where he will oversee all international efforts on UNH’s three campuses, Durham, Manchester, and Concord Law School. (more…)

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The English Department’s Minor and Certificate in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning provides students in any major with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge desired by graduate programs and essential for living in a complex world of advocacy and controversy.  Students take a series of integrated courses in three categories.  (more…)

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The Egoist

Editor: Richard Stevenson

The Egoist is George Meredith’s comic masterpiece, in which he takes the traditional marriage plot of English domestic fiction and turns it on its head.  This edition by Richard Stevenson includes an introduction  that provides context for the novel from Meredith’s own  life, his theory of comedy, the ‘woman question,’ and Darwinian  biology.  The appendices include comments on The Egoist from Meredith’s letters, contemporary reviews, Victorian tracts on feminine conduct and education along with extracts from J. S. Mill’s The Subjection of Women and Darwin’s On the Origin of Species and The Descent of Man.