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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    The English Department will be hosting “An Afternoon with Writer Michael Gray” on Monday, October 19 at 4 p.m. in Room 110 of the Olin Building. Gray is a noted Dylan expert, and the author of The Bob Dylan Encyclopedia and Song & Dance Man III: The Art of Bob Dylan. His talk is supported by the Howard-Crawford Fund.
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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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