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

Nicole Keller receives 2017-18 Valente Center Humanities Seminar fellowship

Doctoral Candidate Nicole Infanta Keller will be a participating Fellow in Bentley University’s 2017-2018 Humanities Research Seminar. The seminar is organized by the Jeanne and Dan Valente Center for the Arts & Sciences, with the support of a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The theme of the seminar is “A Collective Understanding…
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Dublin Dialogue group featured in IrishCentral article

Northeastern University students, including English majors Lexi Bond, Olivia Gibson, and Denise Bates, were interviewed by IrishCentral.com after a visit to Ring Gaeltacht. Their stay was part of the summer Dialogue of Civilizations program, “Irish Literature, Film, and Society,” led by Professor Patrick Mullen of Northeastern University and Professor Joe Nugent of Boston College. “Universities have been coming to…
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Professor Kelly reflects on Harry Potter’s enduring appeal

June 26 marked the 20th anniversary of the publication of J.K. Rowling’s first Harry Potter novel, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. News@Northeastern interviewed Professor of English Kathleen Coyne Kelly about the series’s enduring appeal. [Professor Kathleen Kelly] attributed Harry Potter’s widespread appeal to Rowling’s ability to indulge the escapist fantasies of readers of all ages,…
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NU student Matthew Harty helps launch VR Ulysses at National Library of Ireland

Northeastern student Matthew Harty, an English and Computer Science combined major, is part of a team launching a virtual reality adaptation of James Joyce’s Ulysses on June 15th in the National Library of Ireland in Dublin. Matt worked on the project for his Capstone Seminar Project in the spring of 2017. He works with the engineering…
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Department Events


Asimina Ino Nikolopoulou Dissertation Defense

“Senses and Sights of Dispossession: Contemporary Tales of the Black Diaspora and the Global South.” Public event. All are welcome to attend…
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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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