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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.
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English Faculty Publications
- W&L's Warren Writes Introduction to Limited-Edition Book
A fine-press, limited-edition collection of six short stories by Barry Lopez, the prize-winning American author, essayist and fiction writer, features an introduction by Jim Warren, the S. Blount Mason Jr. Professor of English at Washington and Lee.
- Kendré Barnes Awarded Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship to Panama
Washington and Lee University senior Kendré Barnes, of Omaha, Neb., has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship (ETA) to Panama.
- Knapp, Conner Appointed to New Posts at W&L
Washington and Lee University has announced new appointments in the University administration. Elizabeth Knapp, associate provost and associate professor of geology, will become senior assistant to the president and director of the Johnson Program in Leadership and Integrity. Marc Conner, the Jo M. and James M. Ballengee Professor of English, head of the English Department and director of Spring Term, will become associate provost.
- W&L's Medieval Renaissance Studies Program Presents "Commedia Meets Hamlet!? A Really Dumb Show"
The Medieval Renaissance Studies program at Washington and Lee is sponsoring "Commedia Meets Hamlet!? A Really Dumb Show" on Friday, May 3.
- New Group Aims to Expand Use of Digital Humanities at W&L
A group of faculty and staff at Washington and Lee is focused on promoting the digital humanities at the University.