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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

Mar 05

Three English graduate students have won university-wide awards from UA's Graduate School. Brandee Easter won the Outstanding Master’s Thesis award for "Data Visualization of Indian Mutiny Causes in Victorian Higher Journalism." Her thesis supervisor was Prof. Albert Pionke. Erin Chandler won the Excellence in Teaching by a Doctoral Student award, and Kirsten Bone won the Excellence in Teaching by a Master’s Student award.
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Dec 23

Cool @ Hoole interviews English instructor Brooke Champagne as part of a six-part series highlighting innovative special collections pedagogy in her EN 103 honors composition course.
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Dec 16

Prof. James McNaughton is one of two professors in the College of Arts & Sciences to win UA's 2013 National Alumni Association’s Outstanding Commitment to Teaching Award.
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Nov 13

“Shakespeare and American Integration,” a two-day symposium to be held November 15-16, will discuss integration in Shakespeare’s works. The event is part of “Through the Doors,” the yearlong series of events commemorating the 50th anniversary of desegregation at UA. The two-day symposium has a full slate of eight speakers. A highlight of the symposium will be a concert by Delfeayo Marsalis and Octet on Friday, Nov. 15 at 7:30 p.m. in the Concert Hall of the Moody Music building. Marsalis, a noted jazz trombonist, will perform "Sweet Thunder: Duke and Shak", his own arrangement of Duke Ellington’s "Such Sweet Thunder".
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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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