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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 Participates in Launch of UO Disability Studies Minor

11692668_859691084099397_2137422512582921091_nStarting in fall 2016, University of Oregon students can for the first time pursue a Minor or a Graduate Specialization in disability studies as part of their degree programs. The UO Disability Studies Initiative is excited to announce this new interdisciplinary program, which includes courses from across the university in fields like architecture, literature, law, education, gender studies, anthropology, geography, international studies, and arts administration. (more…)

In Memoriam: Lawrence Levine

oregana1967_p82_larrylevine.crop_-298x300A remembrance for a victim of the Oct. 1 shooting at Umpqua Community College, who earned two English degrees from the UO.

Lawrence Peter Levine, 67, was an assistant professor of English at UCC, which allowed him to share his passion for writing with others. He was a writer first and foremost, according to an obituary in The Oregonian, and he completed numerous novels—including a mystery set in the Northwest called “Timber Town”—but none was published. (more…)

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…)


Symposium: James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon)

Dec 4Dec 5

tiptree_03The University of Oregon Libraries will celebrate the acquisition of the James Tiptree, Jr. (Alice B. Sheldon) literary papers with a two-day symposium on December 4-5, 2015 in the Lillis Business Complex, Room 182. (more…)

First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare

Jan 6, 2016Feb 7, 2016

imagesPart of the international events in 2016 commemorating the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death, will include a national tour of multiple copies of Shakespeare’s original edition as First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, which will make its first stop here in Eugene offering visitors a chance to see the book itself, open to Hamlet’s famous “To Be or Not To Be” monologue.” As the winning Oregon host side, the Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art will offer free admission for the duration of the exhibition, January 6, 2016 to February 7, 2016. (more…)

Screening: Shakespeare Behind Bars

Jan 10, 2016

SBBDocThe Oregon Humanities Center’s Tzadek Lecture is sponsoring a film screening, Shakespeare Behind Bars (2003, 90 min.) on January 10 at 3:00pm in 56 Straub Hall.  his documentary follows inmates bringing William Shakespeare’s play, The Tempest, to performance. (more…)


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Laird Christensen

Laird ChristensenLaird Christensen (Ph.D. 99) was appointed to design and direct the newest graduate program at Green Mountain College, a Master of Science degree in Resilient and Sustainable Communities. He was previously the founding director of the Master of Science degree in Environmental Studies, which is the largest graduate program at Green Mountain College, where he has taught since 2000. (more…)

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St. Louis

St. Louis Seminars

In September 2010, Nadine Small St. Louis (B.A. 1958) passed away at the age of 73.  A distinguished professor of English at the University of Wisconsin, Eau Claire, a beloved and generous teacher, a prolific and admired poet, and Poet Laureate of Eau Claire, Professor St. Louis embodied the best and highest academic and literary ideals and was an inspiration to her teachers, students, colleagues, and readers.  What could be more appropriate than that her memory be honored with the creation of two new capstone seminars for advanced English majors?  (more…)

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Author:  David Vázquez

David Vázquez’s book Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity, published by the University of Minnesota Press, reveals how Latino autobiographical texts challenge mainstream notions of individual identity and national belonging in the United States.