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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Graduate Student Peer Mentoring Programs: Benefitting Students, Faculty and Academic Programs, Beth Boehm and Amy J. Lueck

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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

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Gay and Lesbian Culture and Politics, John Hawley

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Postcolonial Theory, John Hawley

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“A Maturity of Thought Very Rare in Young Girls”: Women’s Public Engagement in Nineteenth-Century High School Commencement Essays, Amy J. Lueck

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

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Thinking Otherwise about God, Marx, and Eagleton: A Response to Terry Eagleton, Marilyn Edelstein

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Chattering Classes/Twittering Revolutionaries: Journalism, Social Media, and the Arab Spring, John Hawley

The Historical in/as the Responsive, Amy J. Lueck

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

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Distancing the Past: New Forms of Discomfort with AIDS in the U.S, John Hawley

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The Gods Who Speak in Many Voices, and in None: African Novelists on Indigenous and Colonial Religion, John Hawley

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Available Technologies for Changing Student Needs: Using Technology to Reach Graduate Students on our Campuses, Amy J. Lueck

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Writing a Translingual Script: Closed Captions in the English Multilingual Hearing Classroom, Amy J. Lueck

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

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

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"I Enter Into Its Burning": Yvonne Vera's Beautiful Cauldron of Violence, John Hawley

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Colonialism and Mandates, John C. Hawley

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Christianity, John C. Hawley

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Disciplinary Resistance: Promoting Possibility for the Writing Program, Amy J. Lueck

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

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Writing Without Sound: Language Politics in Closed Captioning, Amy J. Lueck

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

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Jihad as Rite of Passage: Tahar Djaout’s The Last Summer of Reason and Slimane Benaïssa’s The Last Night of a Damned Soul, John Hawley

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The Colonizing Impulse of Postcolonial Theory, John Hawley

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 2008

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Teaching Lolita in a Course on Ethics and Literature, Marilyn Edelstein

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Biafra as Heritage and Symbol: Adichie, Mbachu, Iweala, John Hawley

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Introduction to LGBTQ America Today, John Hawley

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Introduction: Unrecorded Lives, John Hawley

Submissions from 2007

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Heading South, John Hawley

Submissions from 2006

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

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"Archaic Ambivalence": The Case of South Africa, John Hawley

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Edward Said, John Berger, Jean Mohr: In Search of an Other Optic, John Hawley

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Theorizing the Diaspora, John Hawley

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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Multiculturalisms Past, Present, and Future, Marilyn Edelstein

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

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Lavender Ain’t Pink: Emerging Queer Self-Expression in a Non-White World, John C. Hawley

Submissions from 2004

Hrotsvit's Sapientia as a Foreign Woman, Phyllis Brown

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

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Mapping Utopia: Spatial and Temporal Sites of Meaning, John Hawley

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Postcolonial Theory, John Hawley

The Emerging Fictionalization of AIDS in Africa, John Hawley

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The War of the Worlds, Wells, and the Fallacy of Empire, John Hawley

Submissions from 2003

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

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Ardashir Vakil, John Hawley

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Can the Cosmopolitan Speak: The Question of Indian Novelists’ Authenticity, John Hawley

Counter-Imperial Masculinity: The Case of Wilfrid Scawen Blunt (1840-1922), John Hawley

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Firdaus Kanga, John Hawley

Submissions from 2002

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

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R. K. Narayanswami B.A.B.L. Engine Driver": Story-Telling and Memory in The Grandmother’s Tale, and Selected Stories, John Hawley

Submissions from 2001

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"However Extravagant thePretension": Bivocalism and U.S. Nation-Building In A Narrative ofthe 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

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The Bombay Boys of Mira Nair, Firdaus Kanga and Ardashir Vakil, John Hawley

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

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My Mother's Legacy: Trying to Make a Difference through Teaching and Research, Marilyn Edelstein

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Gus Lee, John Hawley

The Role of Sexuality in Nation-Building: Shyam Selvadurai’s Funny Boy and Timothy Mo’s The Redundancy of Courage, John Hawley

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 "CrashingThunder", Michelle Burnham

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

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Freya Stark, John Hawley

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Making Disciples of All Nations, John Hawley

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Ngugi wa Thiong’o., John Hawley

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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Ethics and Contemporary American Literature: Revisiting the Controversy over John Gardner's On Moral Fiction, Marilyn Edelstein

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

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Introduction to Through A Glass Darkly: Essays in the Religious Imagination, John Hawley

Nuruddin Farah Orality, Tribalism, and the Postcolonial Search for Ultimate Reality and Meaning, John Hawley

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South African Writing in English, John Hawley

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The Re Racination of Driss Chraïbi: A Hajj in Search of Mecca, John C. Hawley