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The department of English Language and Literature aims to teach all the students it serves, both majors and non-majors, to write and speak well and to read skillfully, thoughtfully and with pleasure. We continue to offer many courses that stress literary history and canonical figures, but we also give our students opportunities to experiment with a variety of new fields, theoretical perspectives and linguistic developments, and to pursue creative writing of their own.

We expect that our majors will graduate with an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that have shaped literatures in English, beginning in the British Isles, but now spread across the world. We want all our students to learn to wrestle with the complex interpretive challenges that literature poses and to become, in the words of Henry James, people "upon whom nothing is lost."

Presentation of the Major

The Presentation of the Major in English Language and Literature will take place on Wednesday, October 28th at noon in Campus Center room 103/104. We welcome you to join us to hear from our distinguished faculty about our great major! Lunch will be served.


Faculty Search: Assistant Professor of English Literature: British Romantic Period

The Department of English Language & Literature at Smith College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the literature of the British Romantic period, to begin July 2016. The successful candidate should be able to teach across the full range of the period’s poetry and prose, but we are open to any scholarly focus within the period.  Possible secondary fields include but are not limited to: comparative Romanticisms, the critical study of race, digital humanities, empire and/or transatlantic studies, environmental studies, gender and sexuality, landscape studies, and the literatures and history of science. We value excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Ph.D. required by September 2016.

Smith is a highly selective, four-year liberal arts college for women, located in Northampton, MA. Tenure-track faculty members teach two courses per semester, mentor and advise undergraduates, and enjoy a generous sabbatical policy. Smith College is part of the Five College Consortium along with Amherst, Hampshire, and Mount Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Further details about the Department of English Language & Literature may be found at http://www.smith.edu/english/.

Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/31920, along with cover letter, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Review of documents will begin on November 6, 2015.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff and curriculum is at the heart of our mission and vision for Smith.  We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in the application process for individuals with disabilities and encourage applicants to request needed accommodation(s).  We value diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religions, sexual orientation, and veteran status. 

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer.  Women, underrepresented racial groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.