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Department of English

Land Acknowledgment

The English department at Syracuse University acknowledges that we are living and working on the lands of the Haudenosaunee. Please see our linked statement.

English and Textual Studies

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.

English Department News
Mona Awad portrait

(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 in honor of her grandmother.

Fairy tale woodland onto a castle and a sailing ship.

(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.

Stack of books.

(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.

Audie Klotz portrait.

(May 10, 2023)

Audie Klotz Receives 2023 Wasserstrom Prize for Graduate Teaching

The prize memorializes William Wasserstrom, a noted professor of English at Syracuse University.

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Books by Department of English Faculty