The Department of English at the University of Alabama seeks to cultivate the arts of reading, writing, and speaking the English language. We encourage the creation and interpretation of imaginative works of literature; we strive for a mastery of composition, linguistics, literary history, and theory. We challenge our students to read, write, and think in a sophisticated and critical fashion; to understand the historical evolutions of American and English literatures; to participate in the development of knowledge through scholarly research, publication, and creative writing; and to provide meaningful service, to the state and nation, as teachers, writers, and scholars. Our commitment is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of our campus, our community, and the individuals who compose them.

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Recent News

Feb 04

Prof. Andy Crank is interviewed by WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman. Click the link for the video interview.
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Feb 03

Prof. Andy Crank is interviewed by the BBC World Service about Harper Lee's forthcoming novel Go Set a Watchman, which was written before To Kill a Mockingbird. Click the link for the audio interview.
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Jan 12

Prof. Michael Martone is the host of WVUA-TV's hit show Alabama Art Seen. Click the link to watch all episodes online.
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Nov 29

Prof. Hali Felt discusses "How America's obsession with 'at risk' populations totally misses the point" on Salon.com. 
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Jun 26

The Los Angeles Times's Books section features a story about Prof. Wendy Rawlings and the art of writing memoirs.
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Jun 17

University of Toronto Press's blog features a Q&A with Prof. Jennifer Drouin about Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation as part of its Behind the Book series.
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Faculty Publications

Heather White

A-Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore
Edited by Heather White

Joel Brouwer

And So

Wendy Rawlings

Come Back Irish

Kellie Wells

Compression Scars

Cassander Smith

Early American Literature
“Estevan, Cabeza de Vaca’s Relaciòn, and a Battle for Narrative Control”

Catherine Davies

English and Ethnicity
Edited by Janina Brutt-Griffler and Catherine Davies

Alexandra Cook

English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature
"'O swete harm so queynte': Loving Pagan Antiquity in Troilus and Criseyde and the Knight's Tale"

Nikhil Bilwakesh

ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance
"Emerson, John Brown and Arjuna: Translating the Bhagavad Gita in a Time of War"

Stephen Tedeschi

European Romantic Review
“Coleridge in Bristol, 1795-96: Literature, Politics, and the City”

Tricia McElroy

George Buchanan: Political Thought in Early Modern Britain and Europe
"Performance, Print and Politics in George Buchanan's Ane Detectioun of the duinges of Marie Quene of Scottes"

Robin Behn

Horizon Note

Luke Niiler

Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts
"Green Reading: Tolkien, Leopold and the Land Ethic"

David Deutsch

LIT: Literature Interpretation Theory
“Reconnecting Music to Howards End: Forster’s Aesthetics of Inclusion”

Albert Pionke

Plots of Opportunity

Amy Dayton

Rhetoric Review
“Teaching English for A Better America”

James McNaughton

Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui
"Beckett, German Fascism, and History: The Futility of Protest”

Robert Nelson

Second Language Research
"Vigilance, expectancy, and noise: Attention in second language lexical learning and memory”

Jennifer Drouin

Shakespeare in Quebec

William Ulmer

Shelleyan Eros

John Burke

Signs and Symbols in Chaucer’s Poetry
Edited by John Hermann and John Burke

Emily Wittman

Soft Subversions: Texts and Interviews 1977-1985
Félix Guattari translated by Emily Wittman

Deborah Weiss

Studies in Romanticism
“Suffering, Sentiment, and Civilization: Pain and Politics in Mary Wollstonecraft’s Short Residence”

Trudier Harris

Summer Snow

Patti White

Tackle Box

Michael Martone

The Blue Guide to Indiana

James Andrew Crank

Understanding Sam Shepard

Hank Lazer

What Is A Poet?
Edited by Hank Lazer

Yolanda Manora

Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal
"Discourse and Intercourse: Gender, Exile, and Dialogical Subjectivities in Maria Irene Fornes's Mud"

Fred Whiting

Yale Journal of Criticism
"Bodies of Evidence: Post-War Detective Fiction, Psychoanalysis and the Monstrous Origins of The Sexual Psychopath"

1 March

Strode Event: Shakespeare's Hamlet
The American Shakespeare Center's Method in the Madness tour
@ Morgan Auditorium
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4 March

Pure Products Reading: Ashley Chambers, Jessica Richardson, Abe Smith & Scott Dantridge
@ Green Bar
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6 March

Symposium: Literature of Status / The Status of Literature
Shelby Heathcoat (University of North Alabama), Deirdre Mikolajcik (University of Kentucky), Samantha S. Caddis (University of Alabama), Robert White (Alabama State University), Maria Bachman (Middle Tennessee State University), Adam Parkes (University of Georgia), Amy Chen (University of Alabama), Matt Seybold (University of Alabama), Anne Reef (Rhodes College), Jen Zellner (University of Cincinnati), Maria Bachman (Victorians Institute Journal), Marshall Brown (University of Washington & Modern Language Quarterly), Dan Waterman (University of Alabama Press)
@ Governor’s Room, Hotel Capstone
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