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 2019: Seminar in Old Norse-Icelandic Language and Literature, Readings in Black and Queer, Narratives of Blackness in Latinx and Latin America, Backstory, Social Justice Journalism in the Digital Age, and Asian American Narrative.