Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Noonan Named Director of the Writing Minor

Ellen Noonan, Associate Teaching Professor of English, is assuming the new position of Director of the Writing Minor. This position has been created to develop and give more prominence to the department’s curriculum and programming in writing across the areas of fiction, poetry, non-fiction, writing studies, and rhetoric. Professor Noonan will be working on public…
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Kiang (PhD ’15) Accepts Visiting Assistant Professor Position at Stetson University

Shun Kiang (PhD ’15) has accepted the position of Visiting Assistant Professor at his alma mater, Stetson University, for the academic year of 2016-2017. In this position, Shun will teach a variety of literature courses (world anglophone literature, in particular) and first-year seminars. He will be on leave from his tenure-track position at Bunker Hill Community College to pursue this opportunity. Shun defended…
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Hopwood (PhD ’16) Accepts Digital Humanities Position

Elizabeth Hopwood (PhD ’16) has accepted the position of Instructor in Digital Humanities and Textual Studies at the Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities (CTSDH) at Loyola University Chicago. CTSDH is a multidisciplinary research center that “offers support for the development, peer review, hosting, and online publication of digital research projects of all kinds.”…
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New Faculty Books

We are happy to announce the publication of The Insides by Jeremy Bushnell; Ornamental Aesthetics: The Poetry of Attending in Thoreau, Dickinson, and Whitman by Theo Davis; The Haitian Revolution and the Early United States: Histories, Textualities, Geographies, edited by Elizabeth Maddock Dillon; and The Value of Emily Dickinson, by Mary Loeffelholz. The Insides by…
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Department Events


Amanda Blair Runyan Dissertation Defense

“The Dress and the Colonial Body in Transatlantic Texts, 1767-1853”


Kristi Girdharry Dissertation Defense

“Composing Digital Community Spaces: Design and Literacy Practices in/of the Archive”


Welcome Day Events

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Department Spotlights


Hillary Chute

Professor Hillary Chute, a renowned expert on graphic narratives and comics, holds joint appointments in Northeastern's Department of English (College of Social Sciences and Humanities) and Department of Art and Design (College of Art and Media Design). Her recent book, Disaster Drawn (Harvard University Press, 2016), investigates how hand-drawn comics have come of age as a serious medium for engaging history and explores the ways graphic narratives by diverse artists.

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Joanne Afornalli

English BA and “Plus One”

Joanne has embarked upon her Master’s degree in the English department through the “Plus One” program.

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