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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.

Recent News

Jul 03

The College of Arts and Sciences' Summer Reading List features several new books by English department faculty members, including The Island Called Paradise by Prof. Philip Beidler, The Scary Mason-Dixon Line: African American Writers and the South by Prof. Trudier Harris, Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation by Prof. Jennifer Drouin, and Tuscaloosa Writes This edited by Prof. Patti White and Brian Oliu.
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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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Jun 13

English Instructor Jason McCall has been awarded a Literary Arts Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts.
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Jun 05

English PhD graduate Emily Perkins has been selected for the Graduate School's Graduate Student Spotlight for June 2014. Her dissertation won the Outstanding Dissertation Award for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2012. Her work has been published in Disability Studies Quarterly.
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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"

7 November

Strode Milton Seminar: Paul Stevens (U. Toronto)
all day
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8 November

Strode Milton Seminar: Paul Stevens (U. Toronto)
all day
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5 March

Symposium: Literature of Status / The Status of Literature
all day
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