Engaging Minds, Transforming Lives


Southwestern’s English Department prepares students for a life of engaged, critical thinking by studying the literature and cultures of the English-speaking world.

Reading, discussing and writing about texts past and present, students gain a deepened understanding of literature’s role in shaping and reflecting society.  They learn skills of interpretation, analysis, research and writing, whose applications and value span a broad spectrum of personal and professional pursuits.

Department News

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    Yoav Potash, director of ‘Crime after Crime,’ will be the featured speaker for the Howard-Crawford Lecture Series
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    A new essay collection, Interlinguicity, Internationality, and Shakespeare, edited by Associate Professor of English Michael Saenger, looks at how the bard’s texts and their reception offer insight into the dynamic set of language practices we call “English.” SU alums Lauren Coker and Brian Gingrich are contributors to the volume.
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    English professor’s new book looks at art and sanitation reform in Victorian England

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