The Department of English at the University of Alabama seeks to cultivate the arts of reading, writing, and speaking the English language. We encourage the creation and interpretation of imaginative works of literature; we strive for a mastery of composition, linguistics, literary history, and theory. We challenge our students to read, write, and think in a sophisticated and critical fashion; to understand the historical evolutions of American and English literatures; to participate in the development of knowledge through scholarly research, publication, and creative writing; and to provide meaningful service, to the state and nation, as teachers, writers, and scholars. Our commitment is to enrich the intellectual and cultural life of our campus, our community, and the individuals who compose them.

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Apr 25 English major Dana Sweeney has been named a 2016 Truman Scholar. The 54 new Truman Scholars, all college juniors, were selected from among a record number of applicants and institutions: 775 candidates nominated by 305 colleges and universities.
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Apr 20 The Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies and the Program in Creative Writing are hosting a two-day symposium entitled "The Poet's Shakespeare" in honour of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death. The symposium with feature guest lectures by scholars and readings by poets.
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Mar 30 Dr. Nic Helms has won the university-wide Outstanding Doctoral Dissertation award for "To Essay the Mind: Shakespearean Character and Theories of Mindreading." His dissertation supervisor was Prof. Sharon O’Dair, director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies. Helms has published three articles from his dissertation. Katy Rossing won the award for Excellence in Teaching by a Master's Student.
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Mar 28 English major Mollie Beth Wallace has published in The Explicator an essay that she wrote in Prof. Jolene Hubbs’s EN 422 course, Fictions of American Identity.
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Feb 22 Prof. Andy Crank discusses the life and legacy of Harper Lee on WBRC Fox 6 Birmingham. Click to watch the video recording.
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Feb 01 English major Amanda Bennett is profiled in the New York Times about African-American student activism.
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