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


The Creative Writing Lecture Series presents a reading by bestselling author Kevin Wilson on Tuesday, January 27th, 2015 at 7:00 pm in Tuthill Auditorium, Hassell Hall followed by a book signing. Read more.


The Department of English wishes to congratulate retired Dean & Professor of English, Dr. Michael Leslie, who will be awarded an honorary degree from The University of the South on January 16th, 2015 for his distinguished service and contributions. 


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


Read "Erasing Duchamp" by English major alumna Rebecca Bates ′09 in the PARIS REVIEW.

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