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

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.

English major recognized for LGBTQ leadership efforts

North­eastern stu­dent Nolan Tesis was one of only six stu­dents nation­wide to be named a 2016 Arcus Fellow at the Cal­i­fornia Insti­tute of Inte­gral Studies. The national fel­low­ship, which was cre­ated last year to amplify LGBTQ lead­er­ship ini­tia­tives, serves to sup­port stu­dents who are pas­sionate about bol­stering pro­gram­ming and vis­i­bility for LGBTQ com­mu­ni­ties at their…
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EGSA selects theme for 2017 graduate conference

Northeastern University’s English Graduate Student Association (EGSA) has selected the theme of its upcoming interdisciplinary conference (Friday, February 24 and Saturday, February 25, 2017). 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…
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New book examines the emotional power of Emily Dickinson’s poetry

Mary Loef­fel­holz was reading The New York Times a few weeks ago when she came across a lit­erary cri­tique of Bob Dylan, who had recently become the first musi­cian to win the Nobel Prize in lit­er­a­ture. The piece praised Dylan as “one of the most authentic voices America has pro­duced” and then went on to…
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Department Events


Panel: “Writing to Heal: Mental Health, Medicine, and the Humanities”

Panel featuring 2016 Peter Burton Hanson Memorial Lecturer Susannah Cahalan, Visiting Assistant Professor of English Sari Altschuler, Associate Teaching Professor of English and author Laurie Edwards, and Director of the Institute on Urban Health Research Alisa Lincoln…
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Faculty Works-in-Progress: Beth Britt

“Embodied Advocacies: Rhetorical Education in the Legal Clinic”..
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Lauren Kuryloski Dissertation Defense

“Textual Deviants: Women, Madness, and Embodied Performance in Late Twentieth-Century American Literature and Photography” Public defense. All are welcome!

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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