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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Heather White

 A-Quiver with Significance: Marianne Moore

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 Black Africans in the British Imagination

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Duncan M. Yoon

 Cambridge Journal of Postcolonial Literary Inquiry

"'Our Forces Have Redoubled': World Literature, Postcolonialism, and the Afro-Asian Writers’ Bureau"
Sharon O'Dair

 Class, Critics, and Shakespeare

Wendy Rawlings

 Come Back Irish

Kellie Wells

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Brock Guthrie

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Catherine Davies

 English and Ethnicity

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 English Studies: A Journal of English Language and Literature

"'O swete harm so queynte': Loving Pagan Antiquity in Troilus and Criseyde and the Knight's Tale"
Nikhil Bilwakesh

 ESQ: A Journal of the American Renaissance

"Emerson, John Brown and Arjuna: Translating the Bhagavad Gita in a Time of War"
Stephen Tedeschi

 European Romantic Review

“Coleridge in Bristol, 1795-96: Literature, Politics, and the City”
Tricia McElroy

 George Buchanan: Political Thought in Early Modern Britain and Europe

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Heidi Lynn Staples

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Robin Behn

 Horizon Note

Dilin Liu

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 Information, Communication & Society

"A Site for Fresh Eyes: Pinterest's Challenge to 'Traditional' Digital Literacies"
Dorothy Worden

 Journal of Second Language Writing

"Developing Writing Concepts for Teaching Purposes"
Luke Niiler

 Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts

"Green Reading: Tolkien, Leopold and the Land Ethic"
David Ainsworth

 Milton and the Spiritual Reader

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Cajetan Iheka

 Research in African Literatures

"Colo-mentality: Colonial Trauma in Oyono’s Houseboy and Condé’s Crossing the Mangrove"
Amber Buck

 Research in the Teaching of English

“Examining Digital Literacy Practices on Social Network Sites”
Amy Dayton

 Rhetoric Review

“Teaching English for A Better America”
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James McNaughton

 Samuel Beckett Today/Aujourd’hui

"Beckett, German Fascism, and History: The Futility of Protest”
Jennifer Drouin

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William Ulmer

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Edited by John Hermann and John Burke
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Félix Guattari translated by Emily Wittman
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Deborah Weiss

 Studies in Romanticism

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Patti White

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Lauren Cardon

 The "White Other" in American Intermarriage Stories, 1945-2008

Michelle Dowd

 The Dynamics of Inheritance on the Shakespearean Stage

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Michael Martone

 Winesburg, Indiana

Edited by Michael Martone and Bryan Furuness
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 Women’s Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal

"Discourse and Intercourse: Gender, Exile, and Dialogical Subjectivities in Maria Irene Fornes's Mud"
Fred Whiting

 Yale Journal of Criticism

"Bodies of Evidence: Post-War Detective Fiction, Psychoanalysis and the Monstrous Origins of The Sexual Psychopath"
Sep 15 Linguistics professors Catherine Davies and Dorothy Worden explain the meaning of "Roll Tide" in The Crimson White.
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Aug 24 Prof. Michelle Dowd, previously at University of North Carolina Greensboro, is the new Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
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Jul 25 Prof. Jennifer Drouin did a 1-hour live interview about her book Shakespeare in Québec on CIUT 89.5 FM "The Taylor Report".
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Jun 26 Books by Profs. Andy Crank and Michael Martone as well as by Instructors Brial Oliu and Nathan Parker are featured on the A&S 2016 Summer Reading List.
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Jun 14 Prof. Lauren Cardon has been named an A&S Distinguished Teaching with Technology Fellow for 2016-2019, and she has also been named a 2016-2017 Learning in Action Fellow by the Learning in Action Advisory Board and the Quality Enhancement Plan Team.
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Jun 01 Prof. Michael Martone has won the 2016 Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature.
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Apr 27 "A Leader's Legacy: Bringing Life to Renaissance Literature" profiles Prof. Sharon O'Dair, retiring Director of the Hudson Strode Program in Renaissance Studies.
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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."
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