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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 4

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 20Jul 31

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)

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)

writing workshop

Writing in the Disciplines

Twenty faculty members from a range of departments participated in a Student Writing in the Disciplines workshop organized by the Center for Teaching Writing.  The March 19 workshop attracted faculty who want to include more writing in their undergraduate courses as a way to engage students in active learning.  The workshop included ideas for informal writing occasions, advice for designing effective assignments, and strategies for assessment.  Participants contributed their best writing assignments, and discussed how new ones could be adapted to their courses. (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)


Documenting Ourselves – Chinese Translation

Author:  Sharon Sherman

Sharon Sherman’s Documenting Ourselves, translated by Juwen Zhang for Central China Normal University (2011), is a readily accessible edition for Chinese scholars who wish to use film as a tool for documenting cultural heritage.