The English department 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."
Literary Lunches happen in Seelye 207 from 12:00-1:00 As always, lunch is provided for the first 20 attendees. All are welcome.
Wednesday, April 23rd
Professor Eric Reeves will give a talk on Milton, "Human Sexuality in Paradise: What was lost and why?" Please join us for this last Literary Lunch for the academic year!
Our thesis writers will present their work on Monday, April 21st and Thursday, April 24th at 4:30 in Seelye 207. Please join us to support them. Refreshments will be served.