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Register now for the English Department's creative writing courses; 206, 291,295,296 and 384.

 

A writing sample is required for admission to these courses. The deadline is Friday, November 17.

 

Please contact the department assistant, Jennifer Roberts, jroberts@smith.edu for more details!

 

 

 

 

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."