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

2017-18 CSSH Outstanding Teaching Awards for Wolter-Gustafson, Polcha

Two NU English colleagues have been recognized with 2017-18 CSSH Outstanding Teaching Awards—Melissa Wolter-Gustafson and Elizabeth Polcha: Melissa Wolter-Gustafson, Part-time Lecturer, Department of English. With this award, the college recognizes Melissa Wolter-Gustafson’s dedication to each student she teaches in the writing program. She has excelled in creating courses in which students from diverse backgrounds learn…
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Professor Poe: Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity

Professor Mya Poe, along with Norbert Elliot (NJIT/USF) and Asao B. Inoue (UW-Tacoma), has published an edited collection, Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity, on the University of Colorado Press/WAC Clearinghouse (February 2018). Writing Assessment, Social Justice, and the Advancement of Opportunity provides the first principled examination of social justice and the advancement…
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NU English at CCCC 2018 #4C18

Northeastern will be well-represented at the upcoming 2018 CCCC Annual Convention in Kansas City, Missouri. For the full CCCC program, click here. #4C18 We wish you all safe travels, good health, and lively conversations! Wednesday, March 14, 2018 W.04 – The Transformative Laboring and Languaging of International Exchanges about Higher Education Writing Research (9:00 AM)…
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NU Library podcast episodes feature Professors Chute, Cushman

NU English Professors Ellen Cushman and Hillary Chute have been guests on What’s New, a new podcast hosted by Dan Cohen, Dean of Libraries and Vice Provost for Information Collaboration at Northeastern University.  In Episode 5: Inventing Writing, Professor Cushman describes how the Cherokee language oral tradition transitioned to a written form. In Episode 9: The…
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Department Events

03/26/2018 - 03/31/2018

NU Writers’ Week 2018: Writing/Righting the World

“Writing/Righting the World” / NU Writers’ Week brings together students, faculty, staff, and the Boston community to feature and support the wide-range of voices and types of writing present in our community. This year’s week-long celebration of writing will include a variety of interactive events, including workshops and events, from a social justice perspective.  ..
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03/27/2018 - 03/29/2018

*New Dates* Shani Mootoo, Visiting Distinguished Writer

Visual artist, video maker, and fiction writer..
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“Shakespeare Unbound: Text, Performance, Pedagogy”

In this Barrs Lecture, Diana Henderson (MIT) and Sarah Connell (NU) will use an online teaching module to illustrate the shifting boundaries of Shakespeare in and beyond the classroom and assess which formats and dimensions of new and old media are capturing the imaginations of those “born digital.”..
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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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