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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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3rd Annual EUO OSF Trip

masthead-vietgone-746x420UO undergraduates: Join the English Undergraduate Organization for the 3rd Annual trip to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival to see Vietgone, a “brash new comedy” in which “three young Vietnamese immigrants make their way through the bewildering landscape of 1970s America,” on May 7, 2016 at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival!

Here’s how to reserve your spot: (more…)

Galway summer program deadline April 15, 2016!

Galway 2016Explore Ireland this summer and earn up to 14 UO credits on the Galway summer program with UO English professor Mark Quigley.  Choose from courses in Irish history, literature, music, theatre, religion, and the Gaelic language and fulfill up to two upper-division English major requirements. You can find more information on the program here ( and here ( (more…)

Professor Martha Bayless Awarded Prestigious Fellowship

martha_baylissUO English Professor Martha Bayless, along with her colleague, Debby Banham of the University of Cambridge, was awarded the prestigious American Council of Learned Societies Collaborate Research Fellowship. (more…)


Talk: Kathleen O’Fallon

May 3

O'Fallon lectureOn Tuesday, May 3, 2016, Kathleen O’Fallon will give a talk, “Louisa and Her Little Women: How a Children’s Book Shaped Alcott’s Life and Literary Legacy,” at the Eugene Public Library at 6:00pm. This event is free and open to the public. (more…)

Exhibit: “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics”

May 13

EC Save the DateTo celebrate the opening of the “Aliens, Monsters, and Madmen: The Art of EC Comics” exhibit, the the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art will host an exhibition opening on Friday, May 13, 2016 from 6:00pm-10:00pm in the Jordan Schnizter Museum of Art. The opening is free to all UO students and faculty. There will be food, drinks, and a DJ! (more…)

Life Stories: Wider Worlds, Public Performance

Jun 3, 7:30 pm

ENG 399: Life Stories brings together University of Oregon students and people with disabilities in the community to interview each other about their lives and craft a public theater performance on from these life stories.  There is a public performance, Friday, June 3 at 7:30 pm, Reality Kitchen, 645 River Road, Eugene



People (view all)

Dan Tannacito

Tannacito picDan Tannacito (DA ’70; PhD ’72) retired recently (2012) as Emeritus Professor of English from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) after 35 years of teaching and research. He was a Distinguished Professor of Teaching at IUP, a Senior Fulbright Scholar in Turkey, Director of Graduate Studies in Composition & TESOL, and Director of the American Language Institute for 30 years.  (more…)

Programs (view all)


The English Department’s Minor and Certificate in Writing, Public Speaking, and Critical Reasoning provides students in any major with the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge desired by graduate programs and essential for living in a complex world of advocacy and controversy.  Students take a series of integrated courses in three categories.  (more…)

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UNESCO on the Ground: Local Perspectives on Intangible Cultural Heritage

JFR BOOK V2.inddAuthor:  Lisa Gilman

For nearly 70 years, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has played a crucial role in developing policies and recommendations for dealing with intangible cultural heritage. What has been the effect of such sweeping global policies on those actually affected by them? How connected is UNESCO with what is happening every day, on the ground, in local communities? (more…)