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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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Spots available in ENG 479 Major Author: Johnathan Franzen course

Photo: Greg Martin

Photo: Greg Martin

This single author study course on Jonathan Franzen, arguably the most important contemporary American novelist, one of the few who has made the cover of Time Magazine. Franzen will visit the class in person towards the end of the term, and give a public reading as the Collins Distinguished Speaker (2018). Satisfies 1789+ requirement for Major I & II. (CRN: 26851) (more…)

Digital Humanities Minor feature in the Daily Emerald

DHLogo600x600PX72-300x300Digital Humanities is a new minor offered by UO English, focusing on literary study through digital culture. Read more in the Daily Emerald story, “New Digital Humanities minor could combine literary culture with modern technology.” (more…)

UO Comics Studies involved with Marvel’s Immersive Exhibit

bens-27j4nev-272x300Marvel: Universe of Super Heroes, an immersive exhibit of over 300 comics-related items will open on April 21, 2018 at Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture. The event will be a sponsored by Marvel, the Museum of Pop Culture and SC Exhibitions to commemorate the 10th anniversary of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. UO Comics Studies Director, Ben Saunders is one of the event’s curators.


2017-2018 Kritikos Lecture: George Packer

Jan 24, 2018, 7:30 pm


Reading: Matt Donovan

Jan 25, 2018, 8:00 pm


Reading: Mia Alvar

Feb 22, 2018, 8:00 pm



People (view all)

Joel Ekdahl

Profile PicJoel Ekdahl (BA 2015) was valedictorian for the English Department’s class of 2015. This is the text of his commencement speech delivered to his English peers at the 2015 English Department Commencement on the 15th of June 2015.

I would like to start by doing something that we as English majors so often do and that is to challenge an assumption. (more…)

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Undergraduate Advisory Board for Composition Convened

In Spring 2012, the Composition Program convened its inaugural meeting of the Undergraduate Advisory Board (UAB).  Seven current or former students of Writing 121, 122 and 123–each one nominated by his or her writing teacher–shared suggestions, constructive critiques, and ideas about the Composition Program.  (more…)

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Author:  David Vázquez

David Vázquez’s book Triangulations: Narrative Strategies for Navigating Latino Identity, published by the University of Minnesota Press, reveals how Latino autobiographical texts challenge mainstream notions of individual identity and national belonging in the United States.