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    We are an active and diverse scholarly community of over thirty full-time faculty members, more than 250 undergraduate majors, and some sixty graduate students in residence. We offer the B.A. in English and in English combined with Cinema Studies or Linguistics; the M.A.; and the Ph.D. Our wide variety of course offerings spans the study of American and English literature, including multi-ethnic American literatures and Anglophone and postcolonial literatures; rhetoric, composition, and writing; linguistics; cinema and drama; and representations of gender and sexuality.

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CCCC Outstanding Book Award for Mya Poe

mya poeFebruary 5, 2014

Congratulations to Professor Mya Poe, who, with Professor Asao Inoue (CSU Fresno) has received the CCCC Outstanding Book Award for 2014 in the Edited Collection category for their book Race and Writing Assessment.  Professor Poe is working on a book entitled “The Consequences of Writing Assessment” about the effects of writing assessment on diverse students.


Digital Humanities 2014 Conference – Poster Nominations

February 10, 2014

Congratulations to doctoral candidates and NULab for Texts, Maps and Networks graduate fellows Elizabeth Hopwood, Ben Doyle, Alicia Peaker, and Jim McGrath, whose posters have been accepted to the Digital Humanities 2014 Conference. Liz and Ben will present a poster session on the Early Caribbean Digital Archive, and Alicia and Jim will present a poster session on Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive. Digital Humanities is the annual international conference of the Alliance of Digital Humanities Organizations (ADHO), and will be held in Lausanne, Switzerland this July.

Writing Program Partnership Receives Cabot Family Gift

February 03, 2014

The Writing Program‘s partnership with 826 Boston, which supports a Writing Center at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury has received a gift from the Cabot Family Charitable Trust.   Congratulations to Professors Chris Gallagher and Neal Lerner for their leadership in this community project.



“From the Camp to the Commons: The Biopolitics of Frederick Douglass’s Alter-Geographies.” Barrs Lecture:: Donald Pease

April 22, 2014

“From the Camp to the Commons: The Biopolitics of Frederick Douglass’s Alter-Geographies.”  Donald E. Pease is the Ted and Helen Geisel Third Century Professor in the Humanities  and Chair of the Master of Arts in Liberal Studies Program at Dartmouth College.  He is the Director of the Futures of American Studies Institute at Dartmouth College.