Be part of a storied history.
The English Department will introduce you to the richness of literature in English and train you in critical analysis of its formal, thematic, and cultural complexities. The program provides a broad sampling of literature from different historical periods and national contexts. Through associated instruction in a foreign language, you’ll get a better understanding of linguistic and cultural diversity. This major or minor will also improve your ability to communicate ideas about literature in both oral and written forms.
CLASSES YOU MIGHT TAKE
Indigenous Science Fiction: (Re)making Worlds
This discussion-based seminar surveys science fiction written by indigenous authors in what are now the U.S., Canada, and Australia. We investigate by what means and to what ends this particular genre has been taken up by indigenous peoples both to reflect on their settler-colonial pasts and presents and to imagine decolonial futures.
Speculative Slavery and Liberatory Fiction
This course introduces the study and genre of Black speculative fiction and Afrofuturism, through the lens of narratives focused on liberation/freedom. Liberatory fiction pushes the genre of Afrofuturism further to create space for the imagination to envision alternate futures and pasts, that rewrite history to aid in the process of liberation for black lives.
This lecture survey attempts to answer why the zombie has become such a fixture in contemporary literature and cinema. We track this figure across its many incarnations–from its late-eighteenth-century appearance in ethnographic fictions growing out of the modern cultures of racialized slavery in the Americas right up to twenty-first-century Hollywood blockbusters in which the origins of the figure in the cultures of racialized slavery are perhaps not overt yet continue to manifest.
Prof. Nadia Nurhussein
Professorand and Mary Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Arts and Sciences, Department of English
Professor Nadia Nurhussein Featured in The Atlantic
Professor and Mary Elizabeth Garrett Chair in Arts and Sciences Nadia Nurhussein has been mentioned in an article in The Atlantic. Her book, Black Land: Imperial Ethiopianism and African America, was selected by staff writers and editors as part of their list: “A Book That Changed How I Think.”Read More
Prof. Katarzyna Jerzak
Lecturer, Department of Comparative Thought and Literature
Syllabus: Children’s Literature and the Self
All about the Comparative Thought and Literature class “Children’s Literature and the Self: From Fairy Tales to Science Fiction,” taught by Katarzyna Jerzak.Read More
PROF. JEANNE-MARIE JACKSON
Associate Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of English
Jeanne-Marie Jackson Awarded Andrew Carnegie Fellowship
The fellowship funds significant research and writing in the social sciences and humanities that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. With the award, Jackson will work on her third book, a literary biography of the Gold Coast statesman and writer J.E. Casely Hayford.Read More
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