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 25

English major Dana Sweeney has been named a 2016 Truman Scholar. The 54 new Truman Scholars, all college juniors, were selected from among a record number of applicants and institutions: 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities.
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Apr 20

The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and the Program in Creative Writing are hosting a two-day symposium entitled "The Poet's Shakespeare" in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The symposium with feature guest lectures by scholars and readings by poets.
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Mar 30

Dr. Nic Helms has won the university-wide Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award for "To Essay the Mind: Shakespearean Character and Theories of Mindreading." His dissertation supervisor was Prof. Sharon O’Dair, director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Helms has published three articles from his dissertation. Katy Rossing won the award for Excellence in Teaching by a Master's Student.
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Mar 28

English major Mollie Beth Wallace has published in The Explicator an essay that she wrote in Prof. Jolene Hubbs’s EN 422 course, Fictions of American Identity.
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Feb 22

Prof. Andy Crank discusses the life and legacy of Harper Lee on WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham. Click to watch the video recording.
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Feb 01

English major Amanda Bennett is profiled in the New York Times about African-American student activism.
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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"

17 August

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