We are located in Guilford House, a pleasant yellow brick building initially constructed in 1892 as a women’s dormitory. Ensconced in the square mile of cultural treasures and pursuits known as University Circle, the department offers classes and hosts events that reexamine tradition and reaffirm exploration and scrutiny.

Our students examine the interactions between writing and its contexts through coursework, collaborative enterprise, pedagogical training, creative works, and independent research.

Since 2005, members of the department have published eighteen books—fiction, analysis, criticism, and poetry— on diverse subjects: the language of depression, intellectual property rights, the history of print culture, the origins of the horror film genre.

Schedule of Events

Spring 2014

Friday, January 17th
"What Are You Reading?" Roundtable. Coordinator: Megan Swihart Jewell. Guilford Parlor. 3:00 p.m.

Summer 2014

Saturday, May 31st
"Breaking Genre: In the Context of Others," a writers conference. Keynote: Thrity Umrigar. Presenters: Mary Biddinger, Joyce Dyer, Michael Grant Jaffe, Phil Metres, Lynn Powell, Jim Sheeler, S. Andrew Swann, Samuel Thomas, Cinda Chima Williams. One Day Conference. On the campus of Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio. For more information: writersconference@case.edu.

Friday, July 11th through Sunday, July 13th
"Evil Incarnate: Manifestations of Villains and Villainy," an interdisciplinary conference sponsored by the English Department.  Keynote speakers will include:  Prof. David Frankfurter (Religious Studies, Boston University),Prof. Ronald Holmes (Justice Administration, University of Louisville) , and Prof. William Paul (Film Studies, Washington University in St. Louis).




--Spring 2014 Course Descriptions
--English Majors Discuss CWRU
--THE EGSA (English Graduate Student Association website)
--Information Session: Courses in Humanities

Faculty Publications

Emily Dickinson and Philosophy by Jed Deppman, Marianne Noble, and Gary Stonum. Cambridge University Press.

Super Boys:

Partenia, a Pastoral Play, by Barbara
Torelli Benedetti. A Bilingual Edition.
Edited and Translated by Lisa Sampson & Barbara Burgess-Van Aken. Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies and ITER.

Loom by Sarah Gridley. Omnidawn Publishing.

  • Writing Against Time by Michael Clune. Stanford UP.