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Department of English

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The Department of English is devoted to the study of literature, media, and creative arts. We offer courses in all periods and genres of English, American, and Anglophone literature—poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and drama—as well as a wide array of classes in creative writing, film, media studies, journalism, rhetoric, and theater.

The department joins critics, scholars, and artists in an environment that fosters interactive learning and teaching, with extensive opportunities to pursue internships and independent research.

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River Campus Academic

Upcoming Events

Joint Humanities Advising Event

Interested in studying the humanities, but not sure where to start? Join representatives from various departments for a pre-registration advising event...

Tuesday, October 29 3:30pm
Victorian Reading Group

Reading TBA. Sponsored by the Humanities Project, a program of the Humanities Center. Please contact Matt Skwiat (mskwiat@ur.rochester) or Joey Kingsley...

Tuesday, October 29 5:00pm
Plutzik Reading Series: Christopher Castellani

Join us as we welcome author Christopher Castellani to campus as part of the University of Rochester English Department's Plutzik Reading Series. Castellani...

Wednesday, October 30 5:00pm
A Lecture Demonstration with Garth Fagan

Presented in collaboration with the Frederick Douglass Institute for African and African American Studies. Also sponsored by the Humanities Project, the...

Thursday, November 7 4:00pm
Fairbanks Lecture: N. Katherine Hayles

N. Katherine Hayles, author and director, teaches and writes on the relations of literature, science and technology in the 20th and 21st centuries. Her print...

Thursday, November 14 5:00pm

Recent Events

Victorian Reading Group

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

George Ford Lecture: Laura Walls

Thursday, April 4, 2019

Piano Sonata No. 2 "Concord, Mass.,...

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

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