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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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University of Oregon to Host Shakespeare’s First Folio Exhibition in 2016


The University of Oregon has been selected as the host site for the state of Oregon for First Folio! The Book that Gave Us Shakespeare, a national traveling exhibition of the Shakespeare First Folio, one of the world’s most treasured books. The Folger Shakespeare Library, in partnership with Cincinnati Museum Center and the American Library Association, is bringing a First Folio of Shakespeare in 2016 to all 50 states, Washington, DC, and Puerto Rico. (more…)

Audio Available for “Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson”

Hands Up and BreatheThe audio recording of last month’s “Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson” on Friday, March 13 from 300-4:30pm in Gerlinger Lounge is now available. You can listen to the MP3 of the proceedings here. (more…)

“We Love PLC” Photo Contest!

Welcome to the official page of the University of Oregon English Department’s “We Love PLC” Photo Contest! As many of you know, Prince Lucien Campbell Hall, or PLC,  is not the most beautiful building on campus, but PLC is home to important offices like the Department of English, Oregon Humanities Center, the Teaching and Learning Center, and hundreds of offices for Professors, instructors and staff at the UO. In order to show our appreciation for this important location, the English Department is hosting a PLC photo contest!Photo by Erica Lambright

UPDATE: The PLC photo contest has ended! Here are the winners:



IntroDUCKtion to UO English

Jun 25Aug 5

New app_smallerUO English will meet with incoming English majors at IntroDUCKtion. IntroDUCKtion is the University of Oregon’s orientation program for new students. During IntroDUCKtion events, new Ducks will learn about the UO campus and discuss university life with current students as well as faculty and staff members. They’ll also become acquainted with the vibrant UO English undergraduate community. (more…)

UO English Participates in SAIL 2015

Jul 3Aug 5

cropped-Eng-Journ-GROUP-PIC-2-1tp4vhrOnce again, UO English will participate in UO’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Organized by Dr. Veronica Alfano and department head, David Vázquez, UO English will host local high school seniors who came to campus for a week to hone their writing skills and prepare for the college essay and application process. (more…)

A Campus Visit with the BreakBeat Poets

Oct 7

The BreakBeat Poets

On Wednesday, October 7, 2015, The BreakBeat Poets will hold two daytime workshops open to University of Oregon undergraduates and a free and open to the public evening performance in the EMU Ballroom, featuring some participants from the workshops and the UO Poetry Slam Team. (more…)


People (view all)

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…)

Programs (view all)

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…)

Faculty Books (view all)

Criticism and the Color Line

Criticism and the Color Line

Edited by Henry Wonham

Criticism and the Color Line celebrates the hybridity of American literary culture by examining the complex interaction of black and white voices in American writing.