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.

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  • 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 27
"Vines, Petals, Nerves: Feeling Floral Skins" -- Lara Farina
Hillel House Multipurpose Room (101), 12:15 PM

Faculty Publications

Wheeler - Côte Sauvage

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2014 Côte Sauvage Turbine v.14

Wheeler - End of Talk

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2014 End of Talk Turbine v.14

Wheeler - Sigh Like Twig the Wonder ...

Wheeler, Lesley (English) Article, 2014 Sigh Like Twig the Wonder Kid Turbine v.14

Warren - Review of the book Conversations ...

Warren, James Perrin (English) Article, 2014 Review of the book Conversations with Barry Lopez: Walking the Path of Imagination, by W. E. Tydeman ISLE: Interdisciplinary Studies in Literature and Environment v.21 n.3 p.717 -719

Keen - Human rights discourse and the ...

Keen, Suzanne (English) Book, Chapter/Section, 2014 Human rights discourse and the universals of cognition and emotion: Postcolonial fiction p.347 -368

News & Announcements

MK Asante

Monday, October 10, 2016

MK Asante to be Keynote Speaker at Annual Bonner Congress

MK Asante, bestselling author, award-winning filmmaker, rapper and professor, will give the Oct. 15 keynote address for the annual Bonner Congress, held this year at Washington and Lee University. The lecture will be at 9 a.m. in Stackhouse Theater and is free and open to the public.

Lara Farina

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Talk at W&L Considers Whether Plants Have Feelings

Lara Farina, an associate professor of English at West Virginia University, will give a lecture at Washington and Lee University on Oct. 27 at 12:15–1:15 p.m. in Hillel House Multipurpose Room 101.

Erika Meitner

Thursday, September 15, 2016

Poet Erika Meitner to Give Poetry Reading at W&L

Author and poet Erika Meitner will be reading from her work at Washington and Lee University on Sept. 28 at 4:30 p.m. in the Hillel House Multipurpose Room (room 101).

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