Happy Friday, followers, and welcome to the last day of spring classes!
This week, English major Kristin Rivers shared a favorite quote with us, from A Writer's Guide to Perseverance by Jordan Rosenfeld:
"Real, memorable, authentic writing may look different for each person, but it can only exist in the presence of vulnerability. To show your real self and access your true voice, you have to pull down the veil of illusion and write in a way that lays bare your mind, your heart, your secrets, and your longings. This is an act of claiming yourself and saying: This is me, and I won't pretend to be anyone else."
We at the English department wish you productivity and joy as you enter the final stretch to summer vacation!
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."