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
Our Alums Publish All Kinds of Books
Congratulations to English Writing alum Seth Kinnett (05), who has just published the book "How to Win at CRM: Strategy, Implementation, Management" (Auerbach Publications).Read More
Read an article about film, culture, and identity in The Atlantic by DePauw alum Rajpreet Heir ('12).
"When ['Bend It Like Beckham'] debuted 15 years ago, it taught me that shaping a hybrid identity could be a beautiful, inventive, and at times lonely experience."Read More
Alum Michael Sears (’11) has been awarded a Stegner Fellowship at Stanford.
The prestigious fellowship was created by Wallace Stegner in 1946. Stegner Fellows include ZZ Packer, Tobias Wolff, NoViolet Bulawayo, and Raymond Carver. To read more about Michael:Read More
Career Week 2017
Our English Major Alumni Panel: poet and editor Monica McClure, AI software engineer Stephen McMurtry, DPU ITAP director Doug Fellegy, and professor Sarah Summers.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
Professor Chris White’s debut novel has a cover and a release date!
“The Life List of Adrian Mandrick” was selected as the runner-up for the 2016 Faulkner-Wisdom competition. It will be published by Touchstone Books (Simon & Schuster) in April 2018.Read More
DePauw alum Chinonye Chukwu ('07) is an Athena List winner for her screenplay "Clemency."
Presented by the Athena Film Festival, the award is presented to screenplays with strong female protagonists.Read More
Congratulations to alum Abby Chew ('02)
Her collection "A Bear Approaches from the Sky" will be published by The Word Works in 2018.Read More
DePauw '01 alum Sarah Gerkensmeyer wins Indiana Authors Award.
Gerkensmeyer with DPU professors Gloria and Heithaus, as well as professor emeritus Barbara Bean.Read More
Acclaimed Poet Marilyn Chin Teaching at DePauw in 2018
Marilyn Chin, an award-winning Chinese-American poet, writer, and activist, is coming to DePauw University in the Spring of 2018 as Mary Rogers Field and Marion Field-McKenna Distinguished University Professor of Creative Writing.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.