Department of English

The English Department at CWRU promotes intellectual curiosity, analytical inquiry, and creative thinking about the rich variety of fields in our discipline. Building on the passion our students bring, 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 fiction, 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 stand-alone 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 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 professors who have published acclaimed books and won awards including the Fulbright, the Guggenheim, and the Pulitzer Prize.

Friday, April 29th

The Adrian-Salomon Awards Event: Lectures by Cara Byrne and Eric Earnhardt

“From The Snowy Day to Goggles!:The Racial Legacy of Ezra Jack Keats’ Picture Books,” a lecture by Cara Byrne

“The Modern Lyric Refinery: From John Ruskin’s Iron to T. S. Eliot’s Platinum,” a lecture by Eric Earnhardt

Bellflower102. 3:00 p.m.

Guilford with Tulips  less
Guilford with Tulips  less

Department of English: March 2016

Date posted: April 1st, 2016

in this issue

Interview with Jeff Morgan /Faculty Notes/Past Faculty: Lemuel Potwin/ Alumni News/England’s Impact on a Major/ Schedule of Events

March 2016

Interview with Jeff Morgan (American Comic Poetry)
CWRU: Why does comic poetry make people uncomfortable? …Read more.

Lucas photo
Lucas photo

Dave Lucas was awarded a 2016 Creative Workforce Fellowship

Date posted: December 14th, 2015

Dave Lucas is one of forty Cuyahoga County artists who will each receive $15,000 in 2016 through the Creative Workforce Fellowship. Awards are made in the disciplines of craft, dance, design, literature, media arts, music, theatre and visual arts. …Read more.

pardee hall
pardee hall

Department of English: December 2015

Date posted: December 11th, 2015

in this issue
WRC and Bellflower Hall /Faculty Notes/EGSA Mentoring/ Alumni News/Letter from the Chair/ Beachy-Quick Reading

The Writing Resource Center and Bellflower Hall
by Kurt Koenigsberger
About the Writing Resource Center

Pardee Hall, in its earlier years. …Read more.


Our Colloquium with Kenneth Warren

Date posted: December 3rd, 2015

Anisfield-Wolf blogs about our colloquium with Kenneth Warren–“Race, Literature and #BlackLivesMatter”: …Read more.

Allen Smith, Jr. painting of Heman Oviatt, ?
Allen Smith, Jr. painting of Heman Oviatt, ?

Heman Oviatt and the Oviatt Professorship

Date posted: November 9th, 2015

Over the years Case Western Reserve University’s benefactors have donated funds to establish endowments for many purposes – scholarships, research, buildings maintenance, and professorships. Typically, the donated funds are invested and only the income is used to support the endowment’s purpose. …Read more.

English 510 Coptic Binding Class
English 510 Coptic Binding Class

Department of English: September 2015

Date posted: September 29th, 2015

in this issue
Letter from the Chair/”What Are You Reading?” /Faculty Notes/NEH Summer Institute/ Alumni News/ASLE Biennial Conference/Coptic Binding/Faculty Timeline/Grad Picnic

June 2015

Letter from the Chair
In another technocratic era, Charles Dickens intimated that calling a horse by its name was getting extremely hard. …Read more.