Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Recent Graduate Student Publications

Frank Capogna’s article, “The Muse in the Museum: Cultural Institutions and Aesthetic Experience in H.D.’s Asphodel and Trilogy,” was published in Twentieth-Century Literature, Volume 62, Number 4, December 2016. Heather Falconer’s article, “Cultivating minority scientists: Undergraduate research increases self-efficacy and career ambitions for underrepresented students in STEM,” co-authored with Anthony Carpi, Darcy M. Ronan, and Nathan H. Lents,…
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Horton receives 2017 Dissertation Completion Fellowship

Doctoral candidate Dana Horton received a Spring 2017 Dissertation Completion Fellowship from the Office of the Provost. Dana’s dissertation, “12 Years a Slave-Master: Gender, Genre, and Race in Post-Neo-Slave Narratives,” is advised by Professor Nicole N. Aljoe. Congratulations, Dana!

Aljoe and Edwards receive CSSH Outstanding Teaching Awards

Professors Nicole N. Aljoe and Laurie Edwards were named as recipients of Outstanding Teaching Awards for 2016 by the College of Social Sciences and Humanities. We are proud to have such superb teaching in English! The following statements are from the award announcement: Outstanding Teaching Award: Tenured/Tenure-Track: Nicole Aljoe, Department of English. With this award, the committee recognizes Professor…
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Professor Dillon’s piece on Hamilton, theater, and messy democracy appears in The New York Times

Professor Elizabeth Maddock Dillon’s piece on Hamilton, theater, and messy democracy appears in The New York Times (Nov. 22, 2016). Read the full article, “Long before ‘Hamilton’ brouhaha, theater was anything but polite,” at The New York Times online.

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Department Events

02/24/2017 - 02/25/2017

EGSA Graduate Conference: Ecology/ies

This year’s theme, Ecology/ies, taps into a rich area of discussion and interpretation. Coming from the Greek word oîkos, meaning “house,” ecology allows us to investigate the complex questions about spaces of living and interaction that exist in many fields of research. ..
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02/26/2017 - 03/01/2017

Visiting Distinguished Writer: Neel Mukherjee

Save the dates – Public reading, skills workshop, and more with Neel Mukherjee, acclaimed author of A Life Apart and The Lives of Others…
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03/20/2017 - 03/26/2017

NU Writers’ Week

A weeklong celebration of writing that includes a variety of interactive events, including workshops, panels, and a book club with the goal of making all writing inclusive. All events are free and open to students, staff, faculty, and community members. ..
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04/06/2017

2017 Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecture: Anne Cheng, Princeton University

Save the date – Anne Cheng of Princeton University, “Ornamentalism: A Feminist Theory for the Yellow Woman”..
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Department Spotlights

Hillary Chute

Professor Hillary Chute, a renowned expert on graphic narratives and comics, holds joint appointments in Northeastern's Department of English (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) and Department of Art and Design (College of Art and Media Design). Her recent book, Disaster Drawn (Harvard University Press, 2016), investigates how hand-drawn comics have come of age as a serious medium for engaging history and explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists document the disasters of war.

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Joanne Afornalli

English BA and “Plus One”

Joanne has embarked upon her Master’s degree in the English department through the “Plus One” program.

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