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The Bowdoin College English Department approaches literature with an open and eclectic spirit, combining the pleasures of literary reading with the rigors of an intellectual discipline. Its goal is to give students the knowledge and skill to be active, sophisticated, and resourceful readers, whatever their eventual career goals.

Students in the department learn about the transformations of English writing across historical periods and in varying cultural contexts, gaining crucial skills in careful interpretation and clear writing while learning about new ways of understanding literature and culture. They are given the opportunity to read British, American, Scottish, Irish, and Caribbean literature, be trained as creative writers and literary theorists, and take courses that contribute to programs or curricula in Africana Studies, Gender & Women's Studies, Environmental Studies, and Gay and Lesbian Studies.

Student Research

English Students

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Faculty

Bowdoin English Faculty


English Department faculty are diverse in their research and publications

List of faculty

Recent Faculty Publications

Calendar of Events

Lecture: A Reading by Author Elizabeth Strout

April 17, 2014 | 7:30 PM
Visual Arts Center, Kresge Auditorium

Lecture: Prof. Chakkalakal talks: Ken Warren (Univ. of Chicago)

April 21, 2014 | 5:30 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Sarah Braunstein reading from her works

April 30, 2014 | 4:00 PM
Hubbard Hall, Room 208 Thomas F. Shannon Room

Lecture: Dana Renga: Mafia, Masculinity, Melodrama

May 2, 2014 | 4:30 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

In Memoriam: Seamus Heaney

May 4, 2014 | 4:00 PM
Massachusetts Hall, Faculty Room

Alumni

English Department Alumni


English Department Alumni

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