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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.


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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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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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Documenting Ourselves – Chinese Translation

Author:  Sharon Sherman

Sharon Sherman’s Documenting Ourselves, translated by Juwen Zhang for Central China Normal University (2011), is a readily accessible edition for Chinese scholars who wish to use film as a tool for documenting cultural heritage.