Dedicated to the intellectual curiosity, analytical dexterity, and creative thinking of its students, the English Department at CWRU fosters reading, writing, and media skills through a broad selection of seminars and research. Our classes combine the study of English and American literature, exploring 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.

There is no better place to learn the art of communication. In addition to being a stand-alone major, English effectively complements many other disciplines and serves as excellent preparation for law school, medical school, and business school. 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.

The works we study challenge us with different values, ideas, and perspectives. We are committed to free and open debate in a context of tolerance and respect.

CWRU Department of English Statement on Black Lives Matter and Antiracism

Department of English Newsletter: October 2021

Farewell to Mobley/In Memoriam/CHC: Workshops/CHC: Making the Transition/Faculty News/Alumni News// Bidding Farewell to Marilyn Sanders Mobley by Gary Stonum Marilyn Sanders Mobley, who goes by “Maril,” largely began her professional academic career at CWRU and she has finished it here, but in between and also beforehand there were more than a few...

Department of English Newsletter: June 2021

Writing Program Awards/International Students/Faculty Notes/“Say They Name in Black English”/Book Excerpts/Alumni News Writing Program Awards Writing is at the heart of our shared academic enterprise. It is an essential skill and a flexible tool that generates questions, shapes knowledge, and inspires action. Let us celebrate the many successes of Case Western...

Department of English Newsletter: March 2021

Detective Novel Website/Faculty Notes/Sectarian Review Podcast/Book Excerpts/Alumni News American Detective Novel Website January marked the 20th anniversary of detnovel.com, the oldest scholarly website devoted to the American detective novel on the Internet. It was created and is maintained by Prof. William Marling, and it is linked to 34,627 other sites, including...

Fundraiser for the Frederica Ward Memorial Scholarship featuring Claudia Rankine

Friday, February 26, 3:15 – 4:30 (virtual): Featured Speaker Claudia Rankine. Claudia Rankine is the author of five books of poetry, including Citizen: An American Lyric and Don’t Let Me Be Lonely; three plays including HELP, which premiered in March 2020 (The Shed, NYC), and The White Card, which premiered in February 2018 (ArtsEmerson/ American Repertory Theater)...

Department of English Newsletter: December 2020

in this issue Remembering Roger/Faculty Notes/Connecting International Students/Book Excerpts/Visiting Scholar/Lost Modernists/Alumni News Remembering Roger Salomon by Gary Stonum Dear friends and colleagues, I am sadly blessed with recalling some of what the late Roger Salomon meant to the English Department during his time as a faculty member and afterwards from his enduring influence. Not...

Department of English Newsletter: September 2020

in this issue Letter from the Chair/Faculty Notes/Frederik N. Smith/Book Excerpts/Alumni News/In Memoriam Letter from the Chair For those of you actively engaged in department activities, I want to say how much I’ve enjoyed getting to know you and working with you since July 1. For those I have not yet met,...