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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 Professor Emeritus Edwin Coleman Passes Away

picture-22The Eugene Register-Guard reported January 21, 2017, that UO English Professor Emeritus, Edwin Coleman, has passed away. He was 84 years old. (more…)

Winter 2017 university and major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThere is still room in four Winter 2017 university and major requirement-satisfying ENG courses!

ENG 199 Special Studies: Digital Literature (Will become part of the new minor in Applied Digital Cultures), Professor Kaufman,

Major I & II: Lower-Division Elective (more…)

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…)


EUO Published Writers Series: Miriam Gershow

Mar 2, 5:00 pm6:00 pm

EUO logoEUO Published Writers SeriesMiriam Gershow5:00-6:00pm in Peterson 101The EUO Published Writers Series is a series of conversations with published authors about their experiences as writers, the process of composition, and the publishing world. All are welcome!

Reading: C. Dale Young

Apr 13, 8:00 pm


C. Dale Young is the author of four collections of poetry, most recently The Halo (Four Way Books 2016).   (more…)

Reading: Chinelo Okparanta

May 11, 8:00 pm


Born and raised in Port Harcourt, Nigeria, Chinelo Okparantareceived her BS from Pennsylvania State University, her MA from Rutgers University, and her MFA from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop. A Colgate University Olive B. O’Connor Fellow in Fiction as well as a recipient of the University of Iowa’s Provost’s Postgraduate Fellowship in Fiction, Okparanta was nominated for a US Artists Fellowship in 2012.  (more…)


People (view all)

Joel Ekdahl

Profile PicJoel Ekdahl (BA 2015) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2015. This is the text of his commencement speech delivered to his English peers at the 2015 English Department Commencement on the 15th of June 2015.

I would like to start by doing something that we as English majors so often do and that is to challenge an assumption. (more…)

Programs (view all)


Undergraduate Advisory Board for Composition Convened

In Spring 2012, the Composition Program convened its inaugural meeting of the Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB).  Seven current or former students of Writing 121, 122 and 123–each one nominated by his or her writing teacher–shared suggestions, constructive critiques, and ideas about the Composition Program.  (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)


Journal 6: 1853

Editor:  William Rossi

One of fourteen projected volumes of Henry Thoreau’s Journal in the Princeton Edition of his writings, Journal 6: 1853, edited by William Rossi, records how Thoreau divided his energies during this period between increasingly professional field studies as a naturalist in Concord and the revision of his Walden manuscript: two imaginative projects that fed one another.