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

Book to Read in the “Alternative Facts” Era

In the month since President Donald Trump took office, sales of George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984 have catapulted the book to the top of Amazon’s bestseller list. In fact, in the days immediately following the inauguration, sales of the novel by publisher Signet Classics jumped nearly 10,000 percent. But, according to our experts, 1984 isn’t…
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The Meaningful Writing Project Book

The Meaningful Writing Project, a book based on a three-year study conducted by Professors Neal Lerner, Michele Eodice (University of Oklahoma), and Anne Ellen Geller (St. John’s University in Queens, New York), has been published by Utah State University Press. The Meaningful Writing Project considers university seniors’ and instructors’ perceptions of meaningful writing assignments and…
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Falconer Receives CCCC Emergent Research/er Award

Doctoral candidate Heather Falconer has been awarded the 2016-2017 CCCC Emergent Research/er Award for her project, “Becoming an insider: Exploring the development of discursive identity in science by women of color in an undergraduate research program.” Heather’s research explores how female students of color in an urban university undergraduate research program develop discursive identities as scientists. Her research has potential…
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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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Department Events


Meet the Manuscript

Investigate and interact with Northeastern’s only medieval manuscript, the Dragon Prayer Book. Free pizza…
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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

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 - 03/25/2017

NU Writers’ Week

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