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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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2015 Kingsley Weatherhead Lecture

The UO English Department sponsored the 2015 Kingsley Weatherhead Lecture in Shakespeare Studies, “Know Your Foods: Shakespeare’s Titus Andronicus and the Question of the Local,” by Frances Dolan, Distinguished Professor of English at the University of California at Davis, on February 19, 2015. (more…)

UO English Participates in 2015 Governor’s State Employees Food Drive

fdseal_webThe Annual Governor’s State Employees Food Drive has begun and will run through February 27.  This drive is the Oregon Food Bank’s largest food and fund drive of the year.  Our goal this year is to raise 200,000 pounds. Food barrels will be available in the main English office (118 PLC)

Oregon continues to have one of the highest hunger rates in the country.  As a result of growing levels of long-term unemployment, more than one in three Lane County residents (39%) is eligible for emergency food assistance. For the third year in a row, Oregon has the nation’s highest rate (29% ) for child hunger.  In Lane County, 53% of the children quality for free/reduced school meals.

You can help: (more…)

2014 Fall Dean’s List

Congratulations to the English Majors named to the fall 2014 term dean’s list!

Each term, the University of Oregon names its top students to the dean’s list in recognition of their academic achievements.

During the 2014 fall term, 1,420 UO students qualified for this honor. (more…)


OHC Books-in-Print Series: Mary Wood

Mar 3

BIPflyerThe Oregon Humanities Center, Books-in-Print Faculty Author Series presents “Life Writing and Schizophrenia: Encounters at the Edge of Meaning,” a talk by UO English Professor Mary E. Wood on Tuesday, March 3 at 3:30pm in the Humanities Center Conference Room (159 PLC).

UO Poetry Slam Team to Perform at Proudly Oregon

Mar 5

UO Poetry SlamOn Thursday, March 5, the UO Poetry Slam Team will perform at The Duck Store’s Proudly Oregon event, a day-long showcase of Oregon’s local flavors and artists. You can catch the team’s performance at 2:00pm in The Duck Store. (more…)

Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson

Mar 13

Hands Up and Breathe

“Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson” will take place Friday, March 13 from 300-4:30pm in Gerlinger Lounge. (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…)

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Gender and the Poetics of Excess

Author:  Karen J. Ford

Karen Jackson Ford’s Gender and the Poetics of Excess explores the extravagant writing styles of American women poets who simultaneously parody the stereotype of the gabby female and demand a place for their words in a literary tradition that is inhospitable to women writers.