Pence Professor Debby Geis publishes "Read My Plate: The Literature of Food"
"Read My Plate" explores what narrators and characters (in fiction, in performance, and in the popular genre of the “food memoir”) cook and eat.Read More
Professor Nicole Lobdell publishes The Invisible Man
"Editors Nicole Lobdell and Nancee Reeves meticulously reconstruct The Invisible Man from early printed sources, providing... a fascinating glimpse into Wells’s creative process."Read More
Professor Amity Reading: The Liberal Arts Prepare Students for Success
English professor Amity Reading tells an alum’s story of how a liberal arts education at DePauw paid off.Read More
Senior Tilly Marlatt Wins National Journalism Award
DePauw University senior Tilly Marlatt is a national winner of a 2018 Mark of Excellence Award. Presented by the Society of Professional Journalists, the awards recognize collegiate work published or broadcast.Read More
Nicole Hallett, '05 English Major, directs Immigrants' Rights Clinic
Hallett, '05 DePauw English alum and graduate of Yale Law School, will join University of Chicago's faculty to direct legal clinic focusing on immigrants' rights.Read More
English Alum Chinonye Chukwu '07 Wins Sundance Grand Jury Prize
Sundance: ‘Clemency’ Filmmaker Chinonye Chukwu Is First Black Woman to Win Biggest PrizeRead More
Professor Eugene Gloria publishes "Sightseer in This Killing City"
"Gloria’s latest collection sharpens his obsession with arrivals and departures, gun violence, displacement, cultural legacy, and the bitter divisions in America."Read More
Top economists make the case for why we still need English majors
Nobel Prize-winning economist Robert Shiller’s new book “Narrative Economics” stresses the importance of story-telling in a world driven by economics.Read More
Mary Stoecklein '10 publishes Native American Mystery Writing
"Mary Stoecklein's Native American Mystery Writing is a welcome study of a fast-growing and fascinating genre within the genres of Native American story-telling and crime fiction."--Tom HolmRead More
English is a discipline that works to understand the world through language and with language.
Students come together with scholars and writers in small 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 writing majors aim to take literature into the future, developing their own voices with an eye toward composing prose, poetry, and dramatic texts that come from their own imaginations. Beyond the classroom, our faculty and students collaborate on scholarship and creative work, engaging both the campus and the wider community.
As a department, we provide students with the written and verbal communication skills to be engaged members of society, regardless of the professional path they choose. After DePauw, these paths are virtually limitless. We claim alumni in the arts, business, education, law, media, and the sciences. 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.