Our department fosters the open understanding of literatures and cultures in English. We promote original work on new questions of history, criticism, theory, and analysis. We invite practices of reading and writing that challenge the ongoing creation of knowledge in our fields. English is among the largest undergraduate concentrations at Brown, and graduates of our Ph.D. program are recognized for their scholarship across the globe. Our nonfiction writing program opens up the useful diversity of styles and modes of writing.
There are a number of exciting new courses in Spring 2020: Do The Right Thing; Renegades, Reprobates, and Castaways; The Literature of U.S. Inequality; Renaissance Poetry and Its Kinds; Gertrude Stein and What Comes After; Inoperative Selves; Fanon and Spillers; Writing for Activists; Writing the Family; Books of Love: Ruiz + Chaucer; Naturalism and the Anthropocene; Theory, Technics, Religion; Studying Humanities in an Information Age