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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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English Majors named ot the Spring 2014 Dean’s List

Congratulations to the English Majors named to the Spring 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 spring term, 1,307 UO students qualified for this honor, including more than 850 from the state of Oregon.

The dean’s list is compiled for fall, winter and spring terms. To qualify, a student must be an admitted undergraduate and complete at least 15 credits for the term; 12 of the 15 credits must be graded with a GPA of 3.75 or better. (more…)

UO English “Cultures of Climate Change” graduate seminar continues to garner national interest

CLIMATENOVELS-master675This week, both The Huffington Post and The Washington Post mentioned UO English Professor Stephanie LeMenager’s graduate seminar, “Cultures of Climate Change,” in stories about the emerging genre of “cli-fi.”

This is not the first time LeMenager’s seminar has attracted national media attention. (more…)

English major Cassie Lahmann featured in CAScade story about teaching philosophy to fourth graders

4thGradeClassroom-700x394CAScade: Magazine for the UO College of Arts and Sciences recently featured English major Cassie Lahmann (class of 2014) in a story about Philosophy 399: Teaching Children Philosophy. The course is part of a collaboration between the Department of Philosophy and the College of Education to prepare undergraduates to encourage philosophical thinking among children. Read the full story.

 

Events

UO English participates in SAIL 2014

Jun 24Aug 1

cropped-Eng-Journ-GROUP-PIC-2-1tp4vhrOnce again, UO English will participate in UO’s Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL). Organized by Connie Wonham and department head, Karen Ford, 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.

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Spring 2014 Commencement

Jun 25Sep 1

082On June 16, UO English graduated 122 majors, sixteen MA candidates, and twelve PhD candidates. Professor Karen Ford delivered the opening address, encouraging graduates to rely on their training in language, literature, and culture “to think deeply about the construction of character through depictions of the human struggle to find value and ways to live in the world.” Congratulations, graduates! Several students received special recognition at the ceremony: (more…)

Spring 2014 Festivities

Jun 26Aug 31

On June 4, UO English celebrated the end of the year, recognizing student and faculty accomplishments at a reception in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The celebration was inaugurated by the UO Poetry Slam Team, which treated the department to a performance by team co-captain, Alex Dang. (more…)

Features

People (view all)

David Sumner

David Sumner David Sumner (PhD, 2000) has been promoted to Professor of English and Environmental Studies at Linfield College, McMinnville, OR.

He published “The Limits of Violence: People and Property in Edward Abbey’s Monkeywrenching Novels,” Ecozon@: European Journal of Literature, Culture and Environment 4.2 (Fall 2013), and, with Lisa Weidman, “Eco-terrorism or Eco-tage: An Argument for the Proper Frame,” ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment 20.4 (Fall 2013).

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)

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The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

Author:  Louise Westling

Presenting the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty as a theoretical grounding for studies in environmental humanities, The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language draws on interdisciplinary research to argue that human and animal semiotic activities—including cultural and linguistic behaviors—are not separate phenomena, but rather exist on a continuum.  Chapters include case studies of literary examples from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.