English Department

Working closely with dedicated faculty members, students in this department hone their ability to think and read critically, reason persuasively, and write eloquently. Through exploring a constantly evolving range of course offerings, English majors learn the methodologies and vocabularies appropriate to literary study; contemplate the forms and purposes of literary art in a variety of periods and cultures; and investigate the intersections between English and many other disciplines.

The English department also fosters a culture of curiosity and intellectual endeavor, as well as respect for a variety of cultures and intellectual approaches, through advising, internships and service learning, study abroad, and extracurricular programming. Students who pursue optional creative writing courses balance critical study with creative endeavor, learning the history and forms of literary art as apprentice practitioners.

Highlights

  • 35-50 students per graduating class major in English or minor in Creative Writing
  • Gateway seminar, spring term study abroad opportunities, and senior capstone experiences
  • Internship opportunities at celebrated literary magazine, Shenandoah
  • 11-course major makes it easy to study abroad, double-major or complete a minor
  • Frequent readings and lectures by visiting writers and scholars
  • Compatible with pre-med or health professions preparation
  • Departmental prizes and scholarships awarded annually

Upcoming Events

Date Event
Oct 2
A Reading by Jane Satterfield and Ned Balbo
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, 4:30 PM
Oct 30
Shannon-Clark Lecture
Northen Auditorium, Leyburn Library, 8:00 PM

Faculty Publications

Wheeler - Manifesto

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Manifesto Drawn to marvel: poems from the comic books p.250

Wheeler - Earth-Two Sonnet

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Earth-Two Sonnet Drawn to marvel: poems from the comic books p.185

Gavaler - Paragon Comics

Gavaler, Chris (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Paragon Comics Drawn to marvel: poems from the comic books p.288 -289

Wheeler - Undead Eliot: How ‘The Waste ...

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2014 Undead Eliot: How ‘The Waste Land’ Sounds Now Poetry v.204 n.5

Conner - Modernity and the homeless: Toni ...

Conner, Marc (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Modernity and the homeless: Toni Morrison and the fictions of modernism Toni Morrison: memory and meaning

News & Announcements

Mark Conner, associate provost and Ballengee Professor of English, Washington and Lee University

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Maya Angelou Remembered

Marc Conner, Jo M. and James Ballengee Professor of English and associate provost, discusses the work of the late poet Maya Angelou, her place in American literary history, and her 1999 visit to...

Lesley Wheeler

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wheeler Wins Switchback Editors' Prize for Poem

Lesley Wheeler, the Henry S. Fox Professor of English, added another feather to her cap: the Editors' Prize for "the most inspiring, jarring, outstanding, or just downright brilliant"...

Deborah Miranda, Associate Professor of English, Washington and Lee University

Thursday, May 08, 2014

Miranda's Book Wins IPPY Award

"Bad Indians: A Tribal Memoir" (Heyday, 2013) by Deborah Miranda, professor of English, has won a gold medal for autobiography/memoir, in the family legacy category, in this year's...

Who signs what: a guide for signature-seekers.