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 Fall 2019: Hitchcock!; Hollywood and American Modernism from FDR to JFK; The Experiment: Poetry and Knowledge; Black Poetics; Nonfiction Now; Reframing Race in Art Writing; Monsters in Our Midst: The Plantation and the Woods in Trans-American Literature; Rhetoric and Narrative Discourse: from Austen to James