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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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UO English Offers Postdoctoral Fellowship in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThe University of Oregon’s English Department, in collaboration with the Ethnic Studies Department, invites applications for a 2016-18 Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Ethnic American Literatures and Cultural Productions. Position Announcement: (more…)

UO English adds spots to in-demand ENG courses

New app_smallerUO English is pleased to announce that due to high demand, the department has added spots to a number of ENG 100-, 200-, and 300-level courses. Check DuckWeb now for courses with open seats.

In Memoriam: Olivia Smith

3308851Olivia Kathryn Smith died unexpectedly in Seattle, Washington on September 3, 2015 at the age of 22 years.

A memorial service will be held on Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 1:00 PM at West Side Presbyterian Church, 3601 California Ave SW, Seattle, WA 98116. Pastor Bill Carr to officiate the service. (more…)


UO Poetry Slam: Fall Slam

Oct 13

12141586_10207795071344398_567023730300056879_n UO Poetry Slam is hosting its first event of the season: A free-for-all POETRY SLAM tonight (10/13) at 6:00pm in the EMU Gumwood Room (next to the EMU Ballroom) hosted by last year’s team and having both a non-competitive OPEN MIC and a competitive SLAM. (more…)

Reading: Elif Batuman

Oct 14


Elif Batuman, Award-winning author and humorist, will be giving a reading, “The Possessed: Adventures with Russian Books and the People Who Read Them” on Wednesday, October 14, 2015 at 7:30pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Free and open to the public. (more…)

Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties : James Braxton Peterson

Oct 22

Dr. James Braxton Peterson, MSNBC Contributor and Director of Africana studies at Lehigh University, engaged the 2014 graduating class of Perspectives Charter Schools in a conversation about identity, race, and being prepared for college. Through a 90-minute workshop, Dr. Peterson led a discussion about identity, racial discourse, and the challenges of being a student of color on campus—helping them navigate society with purpose and a strong sense of self. He will openly talk about college and what young men and women from cities like Chicago may encounter as they leave their families, homes, neighborhoods, and the classrooms of Perspectives Charter Schools. He asked the students to read the article “How to Slowly Kill Yourself and Others in America” written by Kiese Laymon and reflect on contemporary attitudes of race as part of his workshop. For the many first-generation college going students at Perspectives these opportunities to learn from contemporary voices are inspiring them to be successful at college and in life. At Perspectives, the A Disciplined Life Education Model combines academic rigor with a focus on character, and helps students develop positive self-perception, healthy relationships and tools for productivity. Despite coming from some of the most disadvantaged neighborhoods in Chicago, Perspectives students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and persist towards graduation at rates above the national average for all students, regardless of background. Photo credit: David Terry

On Thursday, October 22 at 7:30pm in the EMU Ballroom, Professor James Braxton Petersen (Director of Africana Studies and Associate Professor of English at Lehigh University) will give the Lorwin Lecture on Civil Rights and Civil Liberties, “A Song, A Slogan, and A Service: Dispatches From the Movement For Black Lives.” This event is free and open to the public. (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)

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)


The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747

Translated by Gordon Sayre.

Jean-François Benjamin Dumont de Montigny (1696-1760) was the youngest son of a Paris magistrate, who was given a commission as a lieutenant in the French colonial military, and spent eighteen years in Louisiana. He witnessed the founding of New Orleans, battles with the Chickasaw and Natchez Indians, and finally established himself as a farmer. His manuscript memoir, held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, was published in French in 2008 and here in English translation for the first time. A picaresque narrative of danger and misadventure, it is among the most powerful autobiographies of colonial America.