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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    Jesse Cordes Selbin, a PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, will be giving a talk entitled “The Social Mission of Literary Study: Creating a Reading Public in Victorian England” at 4 p.m. on Thursday, October 27 in Mood 113.
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    English professor loves sharing his knowledge of Bob Dylan, and applauds Dylan’s Nobel Prize.
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    The English Department hosted “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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