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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.


Writing Instruction and Essay Awards Announced (May 1, 2014)

Date posted: May 5th, 2014

2014 WritingInstructionAwards

Writing Instruction Award Winners (2014): Camila Sray, Georgia Cowart, Helen Salz, with Cyrus Taylor.
The English Department, SAGES, and the Writing Program are pleased to recognize this year’s winners of teaching awards and student writing prizes.
The Jessica Melton Perry Award for Distinguished Teaching in Disciplinary & Professional Writing recognizes outstanding instruction in writing in professional fields and/or disciplines other than English.
This year’s winner is Helen Salz, Professor of Genetics and Genome Sciences, [...Read more]

Graduate Award Ceremony, Spring 2014

Date posted: May 2nd, 2014

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Graduate Award Ceremony (May 1, 2014)
Adrian/Salomon Dissertation Fellowship:
Catherine Forsa,
Kristin Kondrlik.

MacInyre Essay Prize:
Ray Horton.

Calhoun Poetry Prize:
Nicole Emmelhainz.

Eva L. Pancoast Fellowship:
Kristin Kondrlik.

Graduate Teaching Award:
Eric Earnhardt,
Catherine Forsa,
Michael Parker,
Jess Slentz.

Diekoff Graduate Mentoring Award:
Kurt Koenigsberger. [...Read more]

Kurt Koenigsberger Receives Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring

Date posted: April 28th, 2014

Kurt Award


On Friday, April 25th, President Barbara Snyder presented Kurt Koenigsberger with this year’s Diekhoff Award for Graduate Mentoring. This award will come as no surprise to anyone familiar with Kurt’s work with our grad students. [...Read more]

Celebrating Gary Stonum’s 40 Plus Years at Nighttown (1-31-14)

Date posted: February 6th, 2014

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Department of English [...Read more]