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

Sep 16

The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies is sponsoring a new film series at the Bama Theatre. All films are free and open to the public. Films shown this year include 10 Things I Hate About You, Shakespeare Behind Bars, The Bad Sleep Well, To Be Or Not To Be, West Side Story, Deliver Us From Eva, Forbidden Planet, and Love's Labour's Lost.
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Sep 16

The English department is conducting searches for 5 professors this year: the Hudson Strode Professor of English who will serve as Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies; an Associate Professor with tenure to direct our thriving undergraduate creative writing minor and the renowned Coal Royalty Visiting Writers’ Program; a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Postcolonial / Global Anglophone literature; and two tenure-track Assistant Professors in CRES (Composition, Rhetoric, and English Studies). Applications should be submitted through the Online Faculty Recruitment website.
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Sep 15

Profs. Wendy Rawlings and Patti White have both earned "Notable Essay" citations in this year's edition of Best American Essays.
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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"

30 January

MFA Reading: Bethany Startin & Theodora Ziolkowski Bishop
@ Green Bar
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2 February

Strode Lecture: Rocco Versaci (Palomar College)
"Illustrating the Classics: Literature, Comics, and the Canon"
@ Gorgas 205
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4 February

Pure Products Reading and Lecture Series: Shanti Weiland, Freya Gibbon, Juan Reyes, Jason McCall
nonsmoking event
@ Green Bar
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