Department of English
The English department at Syracuse University acknowledges that we are living and working on the lands of the Haudenosaunee. Please see our linked statement.
Take a journey through the human experience via literary study. Explore creative expression across a broad array of texts—novels, plays, film, digital media and more. Interpret motivations behind stories of yesterday and today and hone your skills as a writer.
Our curriculum is called English and Textual Studies (ETS) to acknowledge the breadth and diversity of the texts you will study. In addition to traditional literature courses in Chaucer and Shakespeare, the Romantics and Victorians, and literary modernism, you can also take courses in:
- Fantasy and Science Fiction
- Hollywood film
- Video game history
- Comics and Graphic Novel
- Hip-hop culture and more
ETS is designed to:
- Introduce you to a wide array of texts
- Enhance your ability to interpret texts and express ideas
- Develop powers of argument and analysis
- Train you to write critically and clearly
- Develop skills for writers of poetry and fiction
- Become critical readers of your own work
Our diverse faculty includes literary historians, critical theorists, film scholars, editors, poets, and novelists who approach the field in a variety of ways.
(Sept. 27, 2023)Trio of Literary Honors for Creative Writing Alumni and Faculty
Alum Nana Kwame Adjei-Brenyah is a finalist for a National Book Award and two poets receive New York Foundation for the Arts fellowships.
(Aug. 10, 2023)Creative Writing Professor Mona Awad Named Inaugural Esther M. Larsen Faculty Fellow in the Humanities
The fellowship was established thanks to a generous gift from Syracuse University Board of Trustees Vice Chair Christine E. Larsen G'84, in honor of her grandmother.
(Aug. 3, 2023)Cool Class: Mona Awad’s Art of the Fairy Tale
In Art of the Fairy Tale, undergraduate students delve into stories that have stood the test of time.
(May 12, 2023)From Print to the Big Screen, Works by Creative Writing Faculty and Alumni Receive International Acclaim
Explore some of the movies inspired by CW faculty and alumni books, along with a collection of notable media mentions.
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A Medium Seen Otherwise, by Roger Hallas, Oxford University Press (July 7, 2023), 280pp., 978-0190057770
Penny Dreadful and Adaptation: Reanimating and Transforming the Monster, edited by Julie Grossman and Will Scheibel, Palgrave Macmillan; 1st ed. 2022 edition (December 1, 2022), ISBN-13: 978-3031121791
Sugar Street, by Jonathan Dee, Grove Press (September 13, 2022), 224pp., ISBN-13:978-0802160003
Gene Tierney: Star of Hollywood's Home Front by Will Scheibel, Wayne State University Press (September 12, 2022), 276pp., ISBN-13: 978-0814348208
Filipinx American Studies: Reckoning, Reclamation, Transformation, edited by Rick Bonus and Antonio Tiongson, Fordham University Press; 1st edition (June 7, 2022), 304pp., ISBN-13: 978-0823299584
Modernism and Its Media, by Chris Forster, Bloomsbury Academic (December 16, 2021), 272pp., ISBN-13:978-1350033146
All's Well, by Mona Awad, Simon & Schuster (August 3, 2021), 368pp., ISBN-13: 978-1982169664
Wayward: A novel, by Dana Spiotta, Random House Large Print; Large type / Large print edition (July 6, 2021), 410pp., ISBN-13: 978-0593414446