Students and faculty in the English Department study traditional British and American literatures as well as the great variety of literatures from around the globe. Writing is integral to every course in the English major, and students engage in critical and creative writing projects of varying lengths. While developing skills in careful reading and research, many students take poetry or fiction workshops and take courses in argumentation, screenwriting, or business writing.

Many courses use new media and film, and focus on visual rhetoric and cultural studies. In theoretical courses students explore perspectives ranging from critical race theory, to feminist criticism, postcolonialism, semiotics, and queer theory.

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Submissions from 2016

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Oceanic Turns and American LiteraryHistory in Global Context, Michelle Burnham

Day of the Dead: Decolonial Expressions in Pop de los Muertos, Cruz Medina

Poch@: Latin@ Blogs in the Decolonial Archives, Cruz Medina

Submissions from 2015

Teaching Jimmy Santiago Baca, Cruz Medina

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Contexts of Lived Realities in SB 1070 Arizona:A Response toAsenas and Johnson's"Economic Globalization and the'Given Situation'", Cruz Medina and Aya J. Martinez

Submissions from 2014

The Bede Page in a Saxon Manuscript, Phyllis Brown

Tweeting Collaborative Identity: Race, ICTs and Performing Latinidad, Cruz Medina

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“(Who Discovered) America”: Ozomatli and the Mestiz@ Rhetoric of Hip Hop, Cruz Medina

Submissions from 2013

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Early America and the Revolutionary Pacific, Michelle Burnham

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Is There an Indigenous Gothic?, Michelle Burnham

An Invitation to a Too-Long Postponed Conversation: Race and Composition by Octavio Pimentel, Cruz Medina

Nuestros Refranes: Culturally Relevant Writing in Tucson High Schools, Cruz Medina

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The Family Profession, Cruz Medina

Submissions from 2012

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Hrotsvit of Gandersheim (ca 935-ca. 975), Phyllis Brown

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Hrotsvit's Apostolic Mission: Prefaces, Dedications, and Other Addresses to Readers, Phyllis Brown

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The Challenges of Oral History in the 21st Century: Diversity, Inequality and Identity Construction Using Online Video Oral Histories in University Courses across the Curriculum, Gail Gradowski and Jill Goodman Gould

Submissions from 2011

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Female Bodies and Capitalist Drive: Leonora Sansay's Secret History in Transoceanic Context, Michelle Burnham

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Sherman Alexie’s Indian Killer as Indigenous Gothic, Michelle Burnham

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Trade, Time, and the Calculus of Risk in Early Pacific Travel Writing, Michelle Burnham

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Gender, Genre and Slavery: The Other Rowson, Rowson's Others, Eileen Elrod

Submissions from 2010

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Authentic Education: The Example of Hrotsvit of Gandersheim, Phyllis Brown

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Rhetoric and Reception: Guillaume de Machaut’s ‘Je Maudi, Phyllis Brown

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Ignatian Values in the Core Curriculum, Phyllis Brown and Diane Jonte-Pace

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Samuel Gorton’s Leveller Aesthetics and the Economics of Colonial Dissent, Michelle Burnham

Phillis Wheatley’s Abolitionist Text: The 1834 Edition, Eileen Razzari Elrod

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Holocaust Remembrance: Making Meaning through Oral History across the Generations, Gail Gradowski, Jill Goodman Gould, and Anne Saldinger

Submissions from 2009

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Life Stories from the Holocaust: Bringing Oral History into the Digital Classroom, Jill Goodman Gould and Gail Gradowski

Submissions from 2006

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Land, Labor, and Colonial Economics in Thomas Morton's "New English Canaan", Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 2005

Rosemary Cramp: The Hilde of Durham, Phyllis Brown

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Textual Investments: Economics and Colonial American Writing, Michelle Burnham

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Joanna Brooks, American Lazarus: Religion and the Rise of African and Native American Literatures, Eileen Elrod

Submissions from 2004

Hrotsvit's Sapientia as a Foreign Woman, Phyllis Brown

Epistolarity, Anticipation, and Revolution in Clara Howard, Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 2003

The Periphery Within: Internal Colonialism and the Rhetoric of U.S. Nation-Building, Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 2002

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Pomo Basketweaving, Poison, and the Politics of Restoration in Greg Sarris's Grand Avenue, Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 2001

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"However Extravagant the Pretension": Bivocalism and US Nation-Building In A Narrative of the Life of Mrs Mary Jemison, Michelle Burnham

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Moses and the Egyptian: Religious Authority in Olaudah Equiano's Iteresting Narrative, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 2000

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Cycles and Change in Beowulf, Phyllis Brown

Heloise, Dialectic, and the Heroides, Phyllis Brown and John C. Peiffer II

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Merchants, Money, and the Economics of “Plain Style” in William Bradford’s Of Plymouth Plantation, Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 1999

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A Voice Restored: Louise Labé's Impersonation of Sappho, Phyllis Brown

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Harriet Wilson and the White Reader: Authority and Audience in Our Nig, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1998

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"I Lied All the Time": Trickster Discourse and Ethnographic Authority in "Crashing Thunder", Michelle Burnham

I Did Not Make Myself So. . .’: Samson Occom and American Religious Autobiography, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1997

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Louise Labé and Semiramis: A Feminist Reading, Phyllis Brown

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The Interplay of Language and Music in Machaut's Virelai 'Foy Porter', Phyllis Brown and William Peter Mahrt

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Anne Hutchinson and the Economics of Antinomian Selfhood in Colonial New England, Michelle Burnham

Rebellion, Restraint, and New England Religion: The Ambivalent Feminism of Mary Wilkins Freeman, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1996

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Beccel and the theme of death in Guðlac B, Phyllis Brown

Between England and America: Captivity, Sympathy, and the Sentimental Novel, Michelle Burnham

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Truth is Stranger than Non-Fiction: Gender, Religion, and Contradiction in the Works of Rose Terry Cooke, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1995

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‘Exactly Like My Father’: Feminist Hermeneutics in Harriet Beecher Stowe’s Non-Fiction, Eileen Razzari Elrod

"Mouth Put in the Dust": Personal Authority and Biblical Resonance in Anne Bradstreet’s Grief Poems, Eileen Razzari Elrod

Submissions from 1993

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Loopholes of Resistance: Harriet Jacobs' Slave Narrative and the Critique of Agency in Foucault, Michelle Burnham

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The Journey Between: Liminality and Dialogism in Mary White Rowlandson’s Captivity Narrative, Michelle Burnham

Submissions from 1990

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"Dark lady and fair man": the love triangle in Shakespeare's sonnets and Ulysses, Michelle Burnham