Department of English

The USM English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture.
English Literature
Aphra Behn, the first professional woman writer in English, lived from 1640 to 1689.
Aphra Behn
James Joyce

The USM English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture. Focusing upon the British and American literary traditions, the major exposes students to a range of literature in different historical eras. It also offers students the opportunity to explore other traditions such as Irish or Canadian literature, women’s writing, and African- American writing. In addition to literatures written in English, course offerings include world literatures in translation from the classical to contemporary eras.

News & Events

The English Department is pleased to announce the Scholarship winners for 2016.
Rereading Goethe, Rethinking Culture
Professor Gerald Peters’ book, "Rereading Goethe, Rethinking Culture," was recently published.
"Otherwise Unseeable" book by Betsy Sholl
Betsy Sholl, adjunct professor of English, published a book of poetry titled, “Otherwise Unseeable."

2015-2016 Faculty Lecture Series

Faculty Lecture Series Poster

11/18/15 - Planting the Seed: 19th Century "Utopianism" and the American Social Imaginary - Professor Gerry Peters
2/10/16 - War and Resilience: Marlowe's Tamburlaine the Great and the Anglo-Spanish War - Professor Ben Bertram
3/16/16 - Vexation Lullaby - Professor Justin Tussing
4/13/16 - Drones: Weapons of War of Tools for Entertainment? - Professor John Muthyala

4:30 pm
423 Glickman Library, Portland

Fall 2016 Course Guide

Fall 2016 Course Guide Cover

The Fall 2016 Course Guide is now available.  Hard copies are available in 311 Luther Bonney.

Course descriptions are covered in this guide, as well as information on advising, minors, travel abroad, and scholarships.

Spring 2015 Newsletter