English Department Welcome message from the Chair

One of the founding departments of Stanford University in 1891, the English Department is the cornerstone of the humanities at Stanford. The pioneer faculty of English was an eclectic group of writers, comparativists, and literary scholars.

Front entrance of the quad from Jordan Hall to Hoover Tower, on Serra Street. From a series of images intended to "recreate" historical images from the Stanford Archives. bicycle


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Undergraduate Program

To study English is to master the power of language.

On the first day of summer, junior Chaz Curet takes a break to read in the sun. The English major found a comfortable spot in the SEQ to read from 'Our Story Begins,' a collection of short stories by Stanford professor Tobias Wolff.

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Coterminal Master of Arts

If you are an advanced undergraduate who wants to take the study of literature to a higher level, then the coterminal M.A. program is for you.

Ato Quayson speaking with Ramon Saldivar and Paula Moya

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Check out our courses

Stanford English offers a wide variety of interdisciplinary courses taught by world-class faculty

A photo of Ato Quayson and Adam Johnson attending the Creative Writing Welcome Back Dinner.

Views from the Department

Professor Ato Quayson with Professor Adam Johnson at Creative Writing Welcome Dinner

Recent News

Dear CSN Community,   We are pleased to announce that the Center for the Study of the Novel’s podcast, CSN Café, can now be accessed on Apple podcasts, and full transcripts of our episodes can be found on the CSN website. Our newest episode, discussing Peter Boxall’s The Prosthetic Imagination, is available now!   This podcast captures...
Brown was a renowned scholar of the Venerable Bede and of Old English and Anglo-Latin literature. George Hardin Brown, professor emeritus of English in the School of Humanities and Sciences and renowned medievalist, died November 6 in Sacramento, California. He was 90. Brown, a leading scholar of early English and Anglo-Latin literary and...
Please consider submitting or nominating articles and chapters on the works of Herman Melville published in 2020 for consideration for the Hennig Cohen Prize. Preference is given to newer scholars in the field of Melville studies. Since 1998, the Melville Society has honored the memory of Professor Hennig Cohen with an annual award for the best...

Upcoming Events

Wed December 8th 2021, 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Join Laura Limonic (Sociology, SUNY) and Ilan Stavans (Literature, Amherst College) in a public roundtable on Jewish and LatinX experiences and…

Department Bookshelf

English remains a top-ranked department nationally because of the strength and variety of our faculty publications, both in scholarly research and creative writing. Browse the Bookshelf to explore our many interests.

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