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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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Spring term spots available in ENG 399: Living Writers

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Up to $1500 for English majors to be a part of the summer program in Galway, Ireland!

10349944_425902167556903_3610227624159589777_nExplore Ireland this summer and earn up to 14 UO credits on the Galway summer program directed by UO English professor Mark Quigley.  English majors are eligible to apply for Tims Ellis scholarships of up to $1500 to support their participation on the program. (more…)

Spring 2018 major requirement-satisfying ENG courses with open seats!


There is still room in three Spring 2018 major requirement-satisfying ENG courses!

ENG 399: LIVING THEATER (CRN 35975(, Prof. Wheeler. Major I: Upper-Division Elective; Major II: E: Gender, Ability, Queer Studies, and/or Sexuality (more…)


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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 Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language

Author:  Louise Westling

Presenting the philosophy of Maurice Merleau-Ponty as a theoretical grounding for studies in environmental humanities, The Logos of the Living World: Merleau-Ponty, Animals, and Language draws on interdisciplinary research to argue that human and animal semiotic activities—including cultural and linguistic behaviors—are not separate phenomena, but rather exist on a continuum.  Chapters include case studies of literary examples from The Epic of Gilgamesh to Yann Martel’s Life of Pi.