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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…)


Oregon Poetry Collection Reception

Sep 30, 2:00 pm4:00 pm

cropped-opa_logo-copy1_0As part of the Oregon Poetry Association’s 2016 Annual Conference, the public is invited to a special celebration welcoming the Oregon Poetry Collection to its new home at the UO Libraries. The reception will be on Friday, September 30, 2016 from 2:00-4:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room.

Book-in-Print Talk: Lisa Gilman

Oct 7, 12:00 pm

9780819576002On Friday, October 7, 2016, at 12:00pm in the Oregon Humanities Center Conference Room (159 PLC), Professor Lisa Gilman will give a Work-in-Print Talk on her latest book, My Music, My War: Listening Habits of the U.S. Troops in Iraq and Afghanistan, which examines what soldiers listen to both during and after war.  (more…)

Poetry Reading: Solmaz Sharif & Ocean Vuong

Oct 20, 8:00 pm

2016-17-reading-series-sharif-vuong-1pe697xThe Creative Writing Program Reading Series Presents: Solmaz Sharif and Ocean Vuong on Thursday, October 20 2016 at 8:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. Free and open to the public.


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)

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.


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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.