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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    Mary Helen Specht will read from and discuss her debut novel, Migratory Animals, on Monday, April 20 at 4 o’clock in Mood-Bridwell Atrium.
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    Dr. Alan Pizer, Senior Lecturer in the School of Art & Design at Texas State University, will be giving a talk entitled “Truth or Fiction in The DaVinci Code: An Art Historian’s Quest for the Real High Renaissance” on Monday, March 30 at 12:30 p.m. in the Margaret Shilling Room of the McCombs Campus Center.
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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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