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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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Ralph Salisbury Memorial: Sunday, 1/14 at 3:00 pm

Faculty, students, and alumni are invited to a memorial service in Ralph Salisbury’s honor. The service will be held this coming Sunday, January 14, at 3:00 pm., in Gerlinger Lounge. A reception in the lounge will follow.


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.


Jonathan Franzen Reading

Mar 1, 8:00 pm

Collins Distinguished Speakers’ Series presents Jonathan Franzen – Thursday, March 1 at 8:00 in Lillis 182.



2017-2018 Clark Lecture: Robin Wall Kimmerer

Mar 13, 7:30 pm


Reading: Mary Jo Salter

Apr 19, 8:00 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…)

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Reading Shakespeare’s Will

Author:  Lisa Freinkel

Lisa Freinkel’s book Reading Shakespeare’s Will, published by Columbia University Press, 2002, offers the first systematic account of the theology behind Shakespeare’s sonnets and restores Shakespeare to a time riven by doctrinal dispute and religious strife.