English: Literature

The College

Small classes, seminars and discussion groups give faculty and students the opportunity to engage and develop an open rapport.

The English literature program offers undergraduate students the opportunity to engage in a wide-ranging study of literature written in English. Our students may experience not only complete coverage of the major periods and genres of English, American and Anglophone literature, but also the variety of critical approaches and concerns that characterize the field today, such as nation, gender, race and sexuality. In addition to researching literary traditions and analyzing works of imagination, such as poetry, drama and fiction, literary studies also focuses on popular culture, oral traditions, folklore, film studies and digital media. Literary studies as a discipline is uniquely positioned to be a force for interdisciplinary in the humanities, having strong links with research centers and programs on campus, including Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies (ACMRS), Women’s Studies, African-American Studies, American Indian Studies, Chicano/a Studies, Humanities, Justice Studies and Barrett, The Honors College.

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Faculty Honors Advisors

Claudia Sadowski-Smith

Student Profile: 
Elizabeth Koebele

"While the sustainability movement has gained popularity during the last decade, some of its most fundamental roots originated in eighteenth century poetry, such as in the works of Percy Shelley. Advocates of sustainability—specifically those who endorse an ideology called deep ecology—share ideas that Shelley promoted, such as recognizing the social-psychological implications of environmental consciousness and asserting the inherent value of nature."