Department of English

English Literature
Aphra Behn, the first professional woman writer in English, lived from 1640 to 1689.
Aphra Behn
Poet Charles Simic (left) and English Major, Martin Conte, at the O'Brien Poetry Event, November 1, 2013
O'Brien Poetry Event - Charles Simic, Martin Conte
The USM English major is devoted to the study of language, literature, and culture.
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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

USM University of Southern Maine English Department lectures
The USM Department of English once again is presenting its annual lecture series, offering three faculty lectures on diverse topics involving critical historical and cultural analysis. The lectures, which are free and open to the public, represent the interdisciplinary and cutting-edge approach taken to scholarly work by the department faculty, according to Jane Kuenz, USM associate professor of English and department chair.
USM University of Southern Maine Nancy Gish professor literature Engllish Scotland
As Scotland moves toward voting next week on whether it will secede from Great Britain, a University of Southern Maine professor will tour the country to observe first hand this momentous and historically significant event.
USM University of Southern Maine Maurice Fitzpatrick Irish documentary
A well-known Irish documentary filmmaker will give a free, public presentation on his filmmaking craft next week at the University of Southern Maine.Maurice Fitzpatrick, creator of the documentary, “The Boys of St. Columb’s,” will speak about his filmmaking experience and his groundbreaking documentary about Irish education.

Spring 2014 Newsletter

Fall 2014 Course Guide

Fall 2014 Course Guide cover

The REVISED Fall 2014 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, travel abroad, and scholarships.