Kelly Writers Series presents Lili Wright
Please join us Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm in Thompson Recital Hall (GCPA) to hear Lili Wright. This event is free and open to the public.Read More
Kelly Writers Series presents Sarah Gorham
Please join us Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 7:30 pm in Peeler Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.Read More
Bonnie Jo Campbell coming to DePauw as Field Distinguished Professor
Bonnie Jo Campbell, award-winning writer, will spend spring semester on campus as the Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.Read More
Professor Greg Schwipps featured in National Road Magazine
DePauw’s Greg Schwipps reflects on the newfound relevance of his 2009 first novel, the work it takes to create something sincere, his relationship to his characters, and the challenges of moving on to the next project.Read More
Washington Post publishes essay by DePauw '12 Alum Rajpreet Heir.
Heir's essay, published in the Washington Post, examines "How Miss Cleo [television psychic] taught me to turn racial stereotypes inside out."Read More
Kelly Writers Series presents Lance Olsen
Please join us Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 7:30 pm in Peeler Auditorium to hear Lance Olsen. This event is free and open to the public.Read More
Common Spaces and Commonplaces
English Professor Tamara Stasik and junior Hannah Bradley explore the mysteries of a rare 17th-century manuscript.Read More
Kelly Writers Series presents Ross Gay
Please join us September 7, 2016, at 7:30 pm in Peeler Auditorium to hear Ross Gay. This event is free and open to the public.Read More
National Book Review talks with Prof. Lili Wright about her new book
"I wrote a book I wanted to read: a mixture of travel writing, noir thriller, and love story, with short chapters, multiple points of view, graceful sentences, and strong visuals," says Wright.Read More
Prof. Deborah Geis Publishes Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation
Beat Drama: Playwrights and Performances of the 'Howl' Generation, edited by Deborah R. Geis, Raymond W. Pence Professor of English at DePauw University, has just been issued by Bloomsbury Publishing.Read More
Richard Peck, '56 DePauw Grad, featured in the New York Times
Peck, who has been called "America's best living author for young adults," was an English literature major at DePauw.Read More
Professor Samuel Autman Takes First Place in Literary Contest
"Invisible Nails" by Samuel Autman is the first place winner in the SLS-DISQUIET 2015 Literary Contest, in the nonficiton catetory.Read More
The Legend of Andrea Sununu
Some teachers have strategies for maximizing their students' abilities. Andrea Sununu's is brute force.Read More
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language. English majors read; they interpret. As they read a text, they peel back the layers of time and language to uncover meaning. They critique and discuss, debate and analyze these meanings. They communicate and decode communication. They create and re-create; they attempt to understand the act of creation. They research and present and struggle and learn.
In our classrooms, this learning process becomes real. Students come together with scholars and working writers in small, congenial classes where together they read closely, construct arguments, and hone their critical and creative skills. Our literature majors develop a keen understanding of literature’s ability to move, to enlighten, to liberate, to provide insight into the human condition. Our creative writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that could come from no one but themselves. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
In the end, we seek to provide students with something to say and how to say it, and with the motivation and means to be engaged members of society, regardless of the path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and many other fields. We teach students how to think, speak, read, and write about meaningful issues, and how to communicate with precision and grace. We produce agile minds: the foundation of a liberal arts education in the twenty-first century.