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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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Professor Emeritus George Wickes featured in the “The Vietnam War” documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick

picture-87UO English Professor Emeritus George Wickes will appear in episode one of The Vietnam War, the highly anticipated documentary by Ken Burns and Lynn Novick. Around the O profiles his careers as spy and literary scholar.

English Department invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature to begin fall 2018.

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThe University of Oregon’s English Department invites applications for a tenure-track position of Assistant Professor in Nineteenth-Century African American Literature to begin fall 2018. Position Announcement: (more…)

Summer 2017 university & major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nThis summer, ENG is offering classic and new summer courses. There is still room in five university and major requirement-satisfying courses.

ENG 105: Intro to Literature: Drama (CRN: 42388), William Fogarty. Gen Ed (A&L); Major II: Lower-Division Elective

Drama is a literary art. In this course, we will focus on the literary aspects of seven plays (more…)


EUO First-Year Orientation social event

Sep 27, 6:30 pm8:00 pm

TOic7bZK_400x400-300x300Wednesday, September 27, The English Undergraduate Organization will host the First-Year Orientation social event from  6:30pm-8:00pm in the EMU Cedar Room (room 231) to welcome new and returning students.

Come meet fellow English majors, first year students, and representatives from EUO, ∑T∆, UO Poetry Slam, UO Think.Play, Unbound Magazine, Art Ducko Magazine. And, of course, enjoy the free food (Falling Sky Pizza)!

Reading & Book Signing: Cheryl Boyce-Taylor

Oct 4, 7:00 pm9:30 pm

Boyce-TaylorCheryl Boyce-Taylor will give a public reading from her latest poetry collection, Arrival, on Wednesday, October 4, 2017 at 7:00pm in the Knight Library Browsing Room. The UO Poetry Slam Team will also perform. This event is free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served. (more…)


People (view all)

Jane Mai-Ling Maas

Spring 2017 English Department Commencement: Mai-Ling Maas, valedictorian.

Jane Mai-Ling Maas (BA English with a minor in Business Administration 2017) was valedictorian for the English Department’s Class of 2017. This is the text of her commencement speech delivered to her English peers at the 2017 English Department Commencing on June 19, 2017.

“Decide what your story is” (more…)

Programs (view all)

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative

The University of Oregon Literacy Initiative is a community-based education program of the UO English Department. UOLI was founded in 1998. A college student in a UOLI course completes an internship that dovetails with the course’s curriculum. Practical service in the community enriches academic learning in the classroom. Students can choose from a wide variety of community partners, including K-12 schools, the juvenile detention center, the Boys and Girls Club, the CTL Reading Clinic, Nearby Nature, and Mt. Pisgah Arboretum. (more…)

Faculty Books (view all)


Second Nature

Author:  John Witte

John Witte’s poetry collection, Second Nature, teems with expertly realized lyrics, monologues, narratives, and poems based on historical figures from Ovid to Janis Joplin.