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Fall 2017 Course Descriptions


When you study literatures in English, you engage with works of significant cultural and aesthetic value, wrestle with important philosophical questions, reconstruct histories of past times and places, and develop in writing your own critical and creative voice.  We offer a diverse range of courses, a graduate program, an honors program, journalism, creative writing and medieval studies minors, scholarly lectures, readings by visiting writers, and other events, all of which give students a rich experience of the discipline of English.

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Recent Student and Faculty News:

Professor Jenny Pyke gave a presentation entitled “‘Take Me with You’: Prince and the Musical Space of Female Sexual Desire” as part of a three-day conference dedicated to Prince in May 2017 at the University of Salford in Manchester, England. 

In April, Wake Forest University Press published Post-Ireland? Essays on Contemporary Irish Poetry. This collection was co-edited by professor Jefferson Holdridge. It includes an article by Holdridge entitled “The Autonomous Tear: Caitríona O’Reilly’s Geis and Conor O’Callaghan’s The Sun King”  and an article entitled “Ireland’s Afterlives in Global Anglophone Poetry” written by professor Omaar Hena.

Professor Jefferson Holdridge‘s poetry collection entitled The Sound Thereof was published in March by Graft Poetry.

During the winter break Jon Smart, assistant teaching professor in the Writing Program, traveled to Qingdao, China, to teach an academic writing course to eleven Chinese high school students who plan to study in the United States upon graduation:

Wake Forest Magazine featured Professor Dean Franco‘s article “Global Microexperiences” this past fall. The piece focuses on expanding options for shorter, intensive study-abroad programs.

Professor Jennifer Greiman’s journal article “Melville in the Dark Ages of Democracy” was recently published by Johns Hopkins University Press.

On Tuesday, March 14th, there will be a reception and book signing for American/Medieval: Nature and Mind in Cultural Transfer (eds. Gillian Overing and Ulrike Wiethaus) from 4:00-5:15pm in Ammons Lounge.

Professor Judith Madera delivered the National Endowment for the Humanities Advanced Topics in Digital Humanities Keynote Address. The NEH Advanced Topics in the Digital Humanities Institute brings together scholars in Africana and Black Studies scholars, advanced graduate students, librarians, and archivists to think critically about the intersections between Africana/Black Studies and the spatial humanities.

Professor Susan Harlan‘s new book Memories of War in Early Modern England: Armor and Militant Nostalgia in Marlowe, Sidney, and Shakespeare was published in September, 2106 by Palgrave Macmillan.

Wake Forest Magazine editor-at-large, journalism lecturer and associate vice-president Maria Henson recently spoke at the Pulitzer Centennial Celebration at Harvard University.

CONGRATULATIONS to 2016 English Graduate Fletcher Laico for receiving a Fulbright Grant. Fletcher is in Colombia (as of July) teaching English language as an English Teaching Assistant to university students, and will be in Colombia through May 2017.

Meet 2016 English Graduate and Wake Forest Fellow Sophie Leveque.

Professor Eric G. Wilson’s quest to create his ‘own sweet ruse’ – Wake Forest Magazine, Summer 2016


Faculty fellowship awards, endowed chairs, and other university awards.


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