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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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English major Sarah Hovet featured in Around the O

English major Sarah Hovet is featured in Around the O and in a national University of Oregon commercial, which includes an original poem. Around the O shares her story: “The Architect of Her Own Experience.”


Cascade Magazine Showcases Professor Kaufman’s Class on the Lyon Archive

Professor Heidi Kaufman’s Digital Humanities (DH) class project appears in the Fall issue of Cascade Magazine (2017)

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.


Peggy Pasco Memorial Lecture: Lisa Lowe

Nov 2, 3:00 pm

facultyLoweOn Thursday, November 2, 2017 at 3:00pm, Professor Lisa Lowe will deliver the Sixth Annual Peggy Pascoe Memorial Lecture, in the EMU Gumwood Room. Free and open to the public. (more…)

BE Poet with Danez Smith

Nov 21, 6:00 pm

5a4d81d8f88fc033689da0cdb5991abf88d55817The BE Series presents: Recent finalist for the National Book Award, Danez Smith will give a public reading on Tuesday, November 21, 2017 in the EMU Redwood Auditorium at 6:00pm.


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…)

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)


The Unruly Woman

Author:  Kathleen Rowe Karlyn
In her book The Unruly Woman, Kathleen Karlyn explores how the unruly woman, often a voluptuous, noisy joke-making rebel or “woman on top”, uses humor and excess to undermine patriarchal norms and authority.