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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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

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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

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Friday, July 01, 2016

Shenandoah Announces 2016 Prize Winners

Shenandoah: the Washington and Lee University Literary Review has announced its annual prize winners for 2016. The volume 65 winner of the $1,000 James Boatwright Poetry Prize is David Wojahn, who teaches at Virginia Commonwealth University, for his poem "A Briefe Historie of the Noose in the Colonie of Virginia."

Matthew Null '06. Photo by Rebecca Gayle Howell.

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Ciao to Prizewinning Author Matthew Neill Null '06

Matthew Neill Null, a member of Washington and Lee University's Class of 2006, will soon be practicing his craft — fiction writing — in Rome. Last month he won the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters.

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