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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.


UO Insight Seminar Public Lecture: George Wickes on Fitzgerald and Hemingway

Dec 11, 7:00 pm

picture-87Professor Emeritus George Wickes offers a free public lecture on F. Scott Fitzgerald and Ernest Hemingway on Monday, December 11 at 7:00pm  at the UO Baker Downtown Center at 975 High Street, Eugene, Oregon.

Professor Wickes’s lecture serves as an introduction to his UO Insight Seminar,  on Fitzgerald and Hemingway which will run on four consecutive Saturdays in January. Register here.


2017-2018 Kritikos Lecture: George Packer

Jan 24, 2018, 7:30 pm


Reading: Matt Donovan

Jan 25, 2018, 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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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…)

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Dance and the Hollywood Latina: Race, Sex and Stardom

Author: Priscilla Ovalle

Dance and the Hollywood Latina asks why every Latina star in Hollywood history, from Dolores Del Rio in the 1920s to Jennifer Lopez in the 2000s, began as a dancer or danced onscreen. While cinematic depictions of women and minorities have seemingly improved, a century of representing brown women as natural dancers has popularized the notion that Latinas are inherently passionate and promiscuous. Yet some Latina actresses became stars by embracing and manipulating these stereotypical fantasies.