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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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Domestic Violence Awareness Month Annual Toiletry Drive

toiletrydribe-1mpxalz-231x300October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM) and, in cooperation with the ASUO Women’s Center, UO English is once again taking contributions for the annual toiletry drive. A purple bin is available in the main English office (118 PLC) for donations. All of the donations will benefit Womenspace and First Place Family Center.  They are looking for full sized toiletries, but will accept all donations. (more…)

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…)


Paint the White House Black: The Obamas and the Aesthetics of Racial Transformation

Jan 8, 2015

imageThursday, January 8, at 4:00pm in 202 Ford Alumni Center, the Department of Philosophy Colloquium Series and Ethnic Studies Presents: “Paint the White House Black: The Obamas and the Aesthetics of Racial Transformation,” a lecture by Paul Taylor, Associate Professor of Philosophy and African American Studies Head of the Department of African American Studies at Penn State University. (more…)

Work-in-Progress Talk: Sangita Gopal

Jan 28, 2015

picture-37UO English presents, “‘Feminist Inc.’ Women Filmmakers and the Social Network’: A Work-in-Progress Talk with Sangita Gopal” on Wednesday, January 28 in 108 PLC (Booth Lounge) at 3:30pm.

Work-in-Progress talks allow UO English faculty the opportunity to share their research with colleagues and students.

Requests for accommodations must be made to Susan Dickens at (541) 346-1543 as soon as possible.

Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson

Mar 13, 2015

“Hands Up & Breathe: A Conversation About Racial Justice and Hip Hop Culture with Jeff Chang and James Peterson” will take place Friday, March 13 from300-4:30pm in Gerlinger Lounge. (more…)


People (view all)

Luchen Li

Luchen LiSince earning his Ph.D. in English at the University of Oregon in 1998, Luchen Li has had a rich and varied career as an administrator and scholar of John Steinbeck and American literature and cultural studies. He recently accepted the title of Associate Provost for International Programs at the University of New Hampshire, where he will oversee all international efforts on UNH’s three campuses, Durham, Manchester, and Concord Law School. (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)


The Memoir of Lieutenant Dumont, 1715-1747

Translated by Gordon Sayre.

Jean-François Benjamin Dumont de Montigny (1696-1760) was the youngest son of a Paris magistrate, who was given a commission as a lieutenant in the French colonial military, and spent eighteen years in Louisiana. He witnessed the founding of New Orleans, battles with the Chickasaw and Natchez Indians, and finally established himself as a farmer. His manuscript memoir, held at the Newberry Library in Chicago, was published in French in 2008 and here in English translation for the first time. A picaresque narrative of danger and misadventure, it is among the most powerful autobiographies of colonial America.