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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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Music and War: Lisa Gilman studies soldiers’ playlists

picture-35UO English and Folklore Professor Lisa Gilman’s new book, My Music, My War: Listening Habits of the U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, examines what soldiers listen to both during and after war. (more…)

Life Stories: The Self-Made Musical public theater performance.

LifeStoriesFlyer (1)-page-001Last spring, ENG 399: Life Stories brought together UO 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. View the video of Life Stories: The Self-Made Musical here.

View photos of the spring term rehearsals and the June 3, 2016 public performance. (more…)

New Books in Latino Studies Interview: Sarah Wald

picture-1868Lori A. Flores (SUNY Stony Brook) interviews Sarah Wald about her new book, The Nature of California: Race, Citizenship, and Framing since the Dust Bowl (University of Washington Press, 2016) for New Books in Latino Studies. You can listen to this interview online on the New Books Network. (more…)


Talk: István Povedák

Oct 24, 3:30 pm5:30 pm


UO Poetry Slam Fall Feature with Brenna Twohy

Oct 25, 6:00 pm9:00 pm

UO Poetry Slam LogoPortland-based slam poet, Brenna Twohy, will feature at the UO Poetry Slam on Tuesday, October 25 in the EMU Crater Lake South room. 6:00pm-9:00pm.


Reading: Kim Stafford

Oct 26, 7:00 pm8:00 pm



People (view all)

Christine Senavsky

Senavsky 2016 ValecictorianChristine Senavsky (BA English, BMus Music Performance 2016) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2016. This is the text of her commencement speech delivered to her English peers at the 2016 English Department Commencement on the 13th of June 2016.

“Studying English is no mere jaunt through the classics’ corridors.” (more…)

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)


Desiring Donne

Author:  Ben Saunders

In Desiring Donne, published by Harvard University Press, Ben Saunders explores the critical problem of interpretive desire through the figure of John Donne and some of his most passionate readers.