Department of English

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

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

Irish documentary film-maker Maurice Fitzpatrick will be conducting lectures and workshops at USM, St. Joseph’s College, and Bates College on September 8, 9 and 10. These lectures and workshops are free and open to the public. Entitled “Representing the Irish Troubles on Screen,” Mr. Fitzpatrick will draw on documentary films he has made for BBC about Northern Ireland and from his work in progress “John Hume in America.”
USM English Students in Glickman Library
“The culture and the institutions of the U.S. are indelibly connected to the history of slavery. Through the Slavery and Public History course, and through this exhibition, students are examining the enduring legacy of American history via artifacts and memorials, using race as the organizing principle.” - Eve Raimon, USM Professor of English
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.
September 8, 2015
8:45 AM to 10:00 AM
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September 8, 2015
4:10 PM to 6:40 PM
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September 9, 2015
3:00 PM
Various locations, see
September 10, 2015
7:30 PM
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Fall 2015 Course Guide

Fall 2015 Course Guide

The Fall 2015 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 summer classes, advising, travel abroad, and scholarships.

Spring 2015 Newsletter