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The English Department at Case Western Reserve promotes intellectual curiosity, analytical inquiry, and creative thinking about the rich variety of fields in our discipline. Building on the passion our students bring to the literary arts, the Department’s faculty encourages the formation of new knowledge through careful examination of both real and imagined worlds.

Our seminars and research explore the craft of poetry, Shakespearean drama, science fictional blueprints for new technologies, the techniques of horror films, the rhetoric of medicine, and the dynamics of novels, plays, short stories and creative non-fiction. Evidence suggests that students wishing to work in one of the fields in our discipline — literature, creative writing, film, journalism, and rhetoric — need not sacrifice passion for practicality.

In addition to serving as a standalone major, English complements majors in other disciplines and serves as excellent preparation for law school, medical school, and business school. There is no better place at a university to learn the art of communication, a skill that informs nearly every profession from teaching literature to computer programming. Our smaller class sizes allow individual attention from distinguished professors who have published acclaimed books and won awards including the Fulbright, the Guggenheim, and the Pulitzer Prize.


Marilyn Mobley moderates panel at “Black Portraiture(s) III” Conference

Date posted: July 7th, 2015

Marilyn Mobley moderated a panel discussion at the conference “Black Portraiture(s) III: Imaging the Black Body and Re-Staging Histories,” held in Florence, Italy, in May.
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Department of English Newsletter: June 2015

Date posted: June 15th, 2015

grad students prizes 2015

in this issue

Grad Student Awards Ceremony/Faculty Notes/Ongoing Projects:William Rogers/Alumni News/Graduation 2015

June 2015
English Graduate Student Awards Ceremony

On April 28th, the following awards were presented:
Adrian/Salomon Dissertation Fellowship:
Eric Earnhardt, fourth-year PhD
Cara Byrne, fourth-year PhD
Macintyre Essay Prize:
Eric Earnhardt, fourth-year PhD
Calhoun Poetry Prize:
Cammy Sray, […Read more]