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

Apr 30

Prof. Trudier Harris has been named a University Distinguished Research Professor by the UA Board of Trustees. This designation recognizes UA faculty who have achieved international accomplishments in their field and have been given extensive peer recognition for their scholarly contributions and noteworthy academic service.
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Apr 28

Prof. Jennifer Drouin's book Shakespeare in Québec: Nation, Gender, and Adaptation is a finalist for the Gabrielle Roy Prize awarded by the Association for Canadian and Québec Literatures.
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Apr 21

Prof. Andy Crank has helped several academic units at UA enter into a collaboration with Court 13, a New Orleans-based film cooperative that produced the Academy Award-nominated film Beasts of the Southern Wild. The collaboration is titled Court13@UA.
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Apr 13

The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies invited Prof. Mark Algee-Hewitt (Stanford) to lecture on "The Disorder of Discourse: Digital Models for an Aesthetic Literary Theory". Click the link for a video recording.
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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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Faculty Publications

Heather White

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

Joel Brouwer

And So

Duncan M. Yoon

Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry
"'Our Forces Have Redoubled': World Literature, Postcolonialism, and the Afro-Asian Writers’ Bureau"

Wendy Rawlings

Come Back Irish

Kellie Wells

Compression Scars

Brock Guthrie

Contemplative Man

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"

Heidi Lynn Staples

Guess Can Gallop

Robin Behn

Horizon Note

Cindy Tekobbe

Information, Communication & Society
"A Site for Fresh Eyes: Pinterest's Challenge to 'Traditional' Digital Literacies"

Luke Niiler

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

Albert Pionke

Plots of Opportunity

Cajetan Iheka

Research in African Literatures
"Colo-mentality: Colonial Trauma in Oyono’s Houseboy and Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove"

Amber Buck

Research in the Teaching of English
“Examining Digital Literacy Practices on Social Network Sites”

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

Jason McCall


Kevin Waltman


Emily Wittman

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

Hali Felt


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

James Andrew Crank

Understanding Sam Shepard

Hank Lazer

What Is A Poet?
Edited by Hank Lazer

Ashley McWaters


Michael Martone

Winesburg, Indiana
Edited by Michael Martone and Bryan Furuness

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"

9 September

Strode Film Series: Baz Luhrmann's Shakespeare’s Romeo +Juliet (1996)
@ Bama Theatre
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16 September

Strode Lecture: Catherine Loomis (University of New Orleans)
"The Queen's Knees: An Open and Shut Case"
@ Morgan 301
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24 September

Strode Lecture: David Raybin (Eastern Illinois U.)
@ Morgan 301
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