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

Recent News

Elaine Treharne has been awarded a 2021-2022 Clayman Institute for Gender Research Fellowship, for her project ‘Reinscribing Women Writers, 500-1500’. This new research project addresses the difficult issue of discovering women scribes in Northern Europe in the medieval period, asking where they are, and how they can be traced more effectively...
Our own Jessica Jordan is the 2021 winner of the National Collegiate Book Collecting Contest. She is the only student from Stanford to have won the NCBCC, congratulations Jessica!  There will be a ceremony at the Library of Congress virtually on October 15th at 3pm EST/12pm PST.  Please register if you are interested in attending.  The...
The Old Globe Theater has adapted Roanne Kantor's 2015 translation of a book of short stories by the Argentinian author Juan José Saer into a zoom performance called Anonymous Biography . Professor Kantor worked as a consultant for the show.

Upcoming Events

Fri October 22nd 2021, 7:00pm - 8:30pm
1075 Curtis Street

Feldman's Books hosts its first public event on October 22, 7pm in their new location at 1075 Curtis Street. Poets Beverley Bie…

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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