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Academic year 2018-2019!


This year, we welcome Jina B. Kim, our newest colleague in the English Department, as well as Matt Donovan, the new director of the Poetry Center.


All Smith students in ENG classes are invited to our Literary Lunches, scheduled this semester for September 26, November 2, November 8, February 27, and April 17.

Please see our events page 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."