We acknowledge and condemn the series of recent incidences of racist violence against people of color, and black people especially. We are appalled by the long history of such episodes, which has horrifically yet again expressed itself this year in the killing of George Floyd on May 25, of Breonna Taylor on March 13, and of Ahmaud Arbery on February 23 at the hands of police or white vigilantism. Read more...
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 2021 (as of 10/2/20):
America Dreaming; "We have not yet heard enough, if anything, about the female gaze": Contemporary Writing Not by Men; Poetic Modernisms: Now!; The Art of the Novel: Henry James; Earth Poetics: Literature and Climate Change; Radical Pasts, Radical Futures: Literature and the Left; Midsummers (FYS); Black Feminism: Roots, Routes, Futures; Consciousness and the Novel; Critiquing the Cultures of Kinship; Writing About History
For Summer 2021: Men’s Films (FYS); Editing as Revision