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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    David Gaines’ study, In Dylan Town: A Fan’s Life, has just been released by Iowa University Press. T.C. Boyle, author of The Harder They Come, writes “[In Dylan Town is a] life within a life. David Gaines’s portrait of one of our great artists is at once an appreciation, an assimilation, and a stirring memoir of a very fine writer so very deeply touched by another.” 
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    The English Department extends its warmest congratulations to the majors and minors who have successfully completed their degrees at SU. Our warmest congratulations too to their families and friends who gathered for Commencement Exercises to celebrate with the graduates.
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    Students in this semester’s capstone seminar, “Michael Chabon: Gender and Literary Borderlands,” taught by Dr. Helene Meyers, presented condensed versions of their capstone papers in the Dorothy Lord Community Center on Tuesday, April 21.

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