Textual study and written critical analysis sit at the heart of the liberal arts experience, and the Rhodes College Department of English provides rigorous training in both. Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowulf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fiction. Additionally, students can engage in internships and independent study. 

For a literary work to survive, it must master its medium, language. Similarly, we affirm that literary study goes hand in hand with clear, persuasive, and artful argumentation. Finely honed writing skills are not only portable and transferable across the curriculum, but also indispensable in the broader workplace.

Marshall Boswell, Chair

Department of English Faculty 

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Department News & Events


Associate Professor Lori Garner presented at the international conference "Material Artefacts: Reading the Past through Archaeological Objects in Medieval British Literatur" on Saturday, June 6th, 2015 at Freie Universität Berlin. 


Associate Professor Leslie Petty organized the American Literature Association Symposium on "The City and American Literature" in New Orleans, September 10-12, 2015.


Professor Gordon Bigelow presented a paper during a session on “Irish Trollope” at the Trollope Bicentennial in Leuven, Belgium on Friday, September 18, 2015. Professor Bigelow was also one of the organizers of this major international conference.


Congratulations to English major Theodore Nollert ′16 for being awarded the Phi Beta Kappa Writing Internship.

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