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


Read about Rhodes′ own Bill Short, Associate Director of Library Services and English major ′71, collaborating on a new book about adventurer Richard Halliburton.

The Department of English proudly congratulates Assistant Professor Seth Rudy on the publication of his new book, Literature and Encyclopedism in Enlightenment Britain. 


Read about English major Phoebe Driscoll′s documentary feature “Pharaohs of Memphis” to be shown Oct. 30 at 9:30 p.m. at Hattiloo Theatre during the 17th Annual Indie Memphis Film Festival.

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