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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.

Spotlight: Faculty


Dana Spiotta

English Department News
Graphic with image of Native American artwork and a scene from a comic book movie.

(June 13, 2024)

From Comics to Canvases: Exploring Diverse Cultural Contributions

Two A&S faculty, Will Scheibel and Scott Manning Stevens, curate thought-provoking summer exhibitions.

Chris Santangelo portrait

(May 2, 2024)

2024 Wasserstrom Prize for Graduate Teaching Presented to Physics Professor Christian Santangelo

Award given in memory of noted professor of English William Wasserstrom.

Will Scheibel headshot.

(March 27, 2024)

From SU to the UK: Will Scheibel to Help Open Gene Tierney Film Series

A&S Associate Professor Will Scheibel will speak at the premiere for an international film series on Gene Tierney, the subject of his research.

Mike Goode, Kate Holohan and Abigail Greenfield reviewing books containing ecologically related artworks.

(March 22, 2024)

Other Ways of Seeing: Understanding Ecology and Climate Through Art

A team of Syracuse University faculty, students and staff create learning materials for educators and students, using the SU Art Museum’s vast collection of objects and artworks.

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Books by Department of English Faculty