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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    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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    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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