Skip to Content
University of Oregon

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.

Twitter iconYouTube icon


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…)

English Undergraduate Organization partners with Unbound Magazine to publish anthology issue

Unbound AnthologyWorking with the English Undergraduate Organization (EUO) and the UO Art Department, Unbound: UO’s Official Literary-Arts Magazine has published an anthology of art, fiction, poetry, and award-winning critical essays by UO English undergraduates. The issue will be released during Week of Welcome at the EUO’s information table at the EMU Fishbowl from 10:00am-3:00pm. (more…)


A. Kinglsey Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Studies Presents: A performance by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players.

Nov 3Nov 10

OSFIn celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players will perform selections from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in the Hope Theater at The University of Oregon Miller Theatre Complex on Monday, November 10 from 4:00-4:50.

Free tickets are available in 118 PLC starting Monday, November 3


UO Insight Seminar Public Lecture: Lara Bovilsky on Shakespeare’s Early Plays

Nov 10

picture-14Professor Lara Bovilsky offers a free public lecture, “A Taste of Shakespeare’s Early Plays” on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the UO Knight Library Browsing Room. (more…)


Nov 10


The English Undergraduate Organization will host a Week of Welcome information table at the EMU Fishbowl on Thursday, September 25 from 10:00am-3:00pm. The EUO will distribute information about UO English and calendars for all of the organization’s extracurricular activities for the term, including UO Poetry Slam events, EUO Reading Group, and Sigma Tau Delta, International English Honor Society. You may also pick up a copy of Unbound: UO’s Official Literary-Arts Magazine latest anthology issue and find out how you can participate in Unbound.


People (view all)

Dan Tannacito

Tannacito picDan Tannacito (DA ’70; PhD ’72) retired recently (2012) as Emeritus Professor of English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) after 35 years of teaching and research. He was a Distinguished Professor of Teaching at IUP, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, Director of Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL, and Director of the American Language Institute for 30 years.  (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)

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.