• English at UMass

    The UMass Amherst English Department is a diverse and welcoming community. We combine the strengths of a liberal arts college with a major research University. Our smaller classes facilitate substantive discussion, frequent writing, active student engagement, and face-to-face contact with research faculty.

  • Graduate Studies at the Department of English

    With a distinguished faculty of scholars and writers, a diverse and energetic cohort of graduate students, a rich array of resources in the Five College community, and an unusually strong commitment to job placement and professionalization, the Graduate Studies Program at the Department of English draws outstanding students from every state and from around the world.

  • Oxford Summer Seminar

    Started by Professor Ernest Hofer back in 1966, the Oxford Seminar is the oldest running U.S. program in Oxford. It still sends 40-50 students to live and study in Trinity College for a six week-stint that most alumni still consider one of the most memorable of their lives.

  • Edinburgh Fringe Festival

    "The course exposed me to new forms of theater, exciting shows, and the beautiful city of Edinburgh…This was a great educational opportunity, a unique experience I will not soon forget." - Colie Lemay, 2014 Edinburgh Festival Course participant

  • Visiting Writers Series Talk With Okey Ndibe

    Okey Ndibe is a novelist, political commentator, and essayist. His newest novel, Foreign Gods, Inc., published in January, 2014 received great reviews in the New York Times, LA Times, Washington Post, National Public Radio. He earned MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, and is currently a visiting professor at Brown University.

  • An Evening With Museums

    Could you imagine telling the “stories” of art works, costumes, picture books, and a famous poet’s home to alllure the public? Then come hear about museum work from four professionals who believe that English majors have much to offer in this exciting field.

A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance

Nov 18, 2014

On November 18, Jacqueline Goldsby gave the 14th annual Kaplan Memorial Lecture on “A Salon for the Masses: Black Reading Circles during the Chicago Renaissance.” Goldsby is professor of English an...

The Pamuk Within Orhan

Oct 30, 2014

“A writer is someone who spends years patiently trying to discover the second being inside him,” wrote Orhan Pamuk in his magnificent Nobel lecture. Upon close reading of his books, one could easil...

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Mazen Naous

Read an interview with Mazen Naous, one of this year's incoming faculty. Naous is a specialist in postcolonial literature and theory, Arab American literature, music and literature, and classical and modernist Arabic literature. In addition to receiving his Ph.D. from this department in 2007, he has an MA from UMass Boston and a BFA from the Boston Conservatory.

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