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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. (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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Event: Men’s Story Project

May 26May 27

image001On May 26 in GSH Great Room and 27 in 282 Lillis Hall from 6:30-8:30pm, the ASUO Men’s Center will host the U of O Men’s Story Project (more…)

Lecture: Hokulani Aikau

May 27, 4:00 pm

Aikau lectureOn Wednesday, May 27 at 4:00pm in 111 Alder Building, Hokulani K. Aikau, Associate Professor of Native Hawaiian and indigenous politics (University of Hawaii at Manoa), will be giving a talk, “In the Olden Days, Hawaiians Didn’t Get Poi from Plastic Bags: Restoring Piko, People, Places, and Practice.” (more…)

JSMAC Exhibit & Performance: Archetypes: Animals, Identity, Symbolism

May 27

archetypes2.1On May 27 at 5:00pm in the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art Ford Lecture Hall and Student Lounge, the JSMAC will host an opening reception for the exhibit, “Archetypes: Animals, Identity, Symbolism,” featuring UO students’ art and a performance by the UO Poetry Slam Team. This event is free and open to the open to the public. Light refreshments will be provided.


People (view all)

David Sumner

David Sumner David Sumner (PhD, 2000) has been promoted to Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR.

He published “The Limits of Violence: People and Property in Edward Abbey’s Monkeywrenching Novels,” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 4.2 (Fall 2013), and, with Lisa Weidman, “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.4 (Fall 2013).

Programs (view all)

Writing Associates

Writing Associates is a peer-tutoring program established by the English Department over a decade ago to help students in lower-division English literature classes become better writers and to introduce English majors to the profession they are considering joining.  Writing Associates are senior English majors selected for their excellence as writers and critical thinkers and trained as writing tutors. (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)

Living Oil: Petroleum Culture in the American Century

Living OilAuthor: Stephanie LeMenager

Living Oil: Petroleum and Culture in the American Century, is a work of environmental cultural studies that engages with a wide spectrum of cultural forms, from museum exhibits and oil industry tours to poetry, documentary film, fiction, still photography, novels and memoirs. The book’s unique focus is the aesthetic, sensory and emotional legacies of petroleum, from its rise to the preeminent modern fossil fuel during World War I through the current era of so-called Tough Oil.