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 



In 2003, Caki Wilkinson graduated from Rhodes with a degree in English. Today, she is an assistant professor in the English Department at Rhodes College. To learn more about Dr. Wilkinson, click here.








 Read about another Face of Rhodes, English major alumna Olivia Hipp, click here.

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Dr. Ernest L. Gibson III, assistant professor of English at Rhodes, recently received the Esther M. Terry Distinguished Dissertation Award from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. Read more.


Congratulations to the following Rhodes College English majors for making the Southern Athletic Association Academic Honor Roll! Hannah Halford ’14, Tyler Mathews ’14, Emily Clark ’15, Mariah Giblin ’15, Genevieve Bettendorf ‘16

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