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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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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.

The issue also includes a link, “Curious About What You Can Do With an English Major?” featuring careers of UO English alumni.

English Undergraduate Organization partners with Unbound Magazine to publish anthology issue

Unbound AnthologyWorking with the English Undergraduate Organization (EUO) and the UO Art Department, Unbound: UO’s Official Literary-Arts Magazine has published an anthology of art, fiction, poetry, and award-winning critical essays by UO English undergraduates. The issue will be released during Week of Welcome at the EUO’s information table at the EMU Fishbowl from 10:00am-3:00pm. (more…)

UO English on YouTube

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The English Department has a new YouTube presence!

We’re curating videos from English faculty DUKTalks, faculty and student interviews from UO Today, and members of our student Poetry Slam Team. (more…)


A. Kinglsey Weatherhead Undergraduate Shakespeare Studies Presents: A performance by the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players.

Oct 25Nov 10

OSFIn celebration of Shakespeare’s 450th Birthday, the Oregon Shakespeare Festival Players will perform selections from some of Shakespeare’s greatest plays in the Hope Theater at The University of Oregon Miller Theatre Complex on Monday, November 10 from 4:00-4:50.

Free tickets are available in 118 PLC starting Monday, November 3


UO English WIP Talk: Ben Saunders

Oct 28

Saunders SuperheroesUO English Professor Ben Saunders will give a Work-in-Progress talk, “Sexy, Silly and Strange: Lost Superheroes of the 1940s,” Tuesday, October 28 at 3:30pm in 42 LIB. (more…)

UO Insight Seminar Public Lecture: Lara Bovilsky on Shakespeare’s Early Plays

Nov 10

picture-14Professor Lara Bovilsky offers a free public lecture, “A Taste of Shakespeare’s Early Plays” on Monday, September 29 at 7:00 p.m. in the UO Knight Library Browsing Room. (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)

The English Honors Program

The English Honors Program is designed to provide outstanding English majors with some special options for fulfilling Departmental requirements.  The Program should appeal to students interested in the intensive study of literature in small discussion seminars and in independent exploration of a special topic, of their own choosing, under the guidance of a faculty member.  Typically, students spend a major portion of the senior year writing their Honors thesis.


Faculty Books (view all)


Chaucer’s Italian Tradition

Author:  Warren Ginsberg

Warren Ginsberg’s book, Chaucer’s Italian Tradition, published by The University of Michigan Press, 2002, addresses important questions about the dynamics of cross-cultural translation and the formation of tradition.