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.

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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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