The study of literature fosters critical thinking about the relationships among literature, culture and history. Students of English become adept critics of poetry, novels, essays, and plays. They develop knowledge of the history of literary culture and about the evolving genres, forms, and ideologies of literary expression. They study the relation of literary texts to their historical contexts, and they learn to read critically in political speech, popular culture, and the discourses that structure everyday life. As they develop their knowledge, students of English hone their skills as critical writers and explore their potential as creative voices. At Wesleyan, English faculty and students work together to produce new knowledge about literature and to create new literary texts.
English Department Information
Fall 2015 Events
The Russell House Series
WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 30, 2015/ RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
New Faculty Reading
Poet and essayist Erica Hunt and novelist and essayist Brando Skyhorse
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 15, 2015 / MEMORIAL CHAPEL / 7:30 P.M.
Poet M. NorbeSe Philip and performer Gina Athena Ulysse
WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Novelist and essayist Leslie Jamison
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Novelist Jaimy Gordon
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Kim-Frank Visiting Writer
Medical ethicist Joseph J. Fins
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 11, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Poet Eduardo Corral
WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Writer, video artist, and performer Gregg Bordowitz
Poet and Wesleyan alum Rick Barot
THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 19, 2015 / RUSSELL HOUSE / 8 P.M.
Program sponsors: The English Department's Concentration in Creative Writing, Wesleyan's Writing Certificate, the Center for the Arts, the Center for the Americas, Wesleyan University Press, and the Kim-Frank Family Fund.