Welcome to the Stanford University Department of English

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 the Creative Writing program Welcome Dinner

 

 

Recent News

We are absolutely delighted to share the news that Kirstin Valdez Quade has been awarded a 2024 John S. Guggenheim fellowship.  As the foundation notes about its history, “Guggenheim Fellowships are intended for mid-career individuals who have demonstrated exceptional capacity for productive scholarship or exceptional creative ability in the arts...
Jonathan Levin, a distinguished economist and Stanford alumnus who has led the Stanford Graduate School of Business as dean for the last eight years, has been appointed the next president of Stanford University, the Board of Trustees announced today. Jon was an undergraduate at Stanford, completing a BA in English and a BS in Mathematics in 1994.
2023 Award WinnerElaine TreharneThe Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities, professor of English, and professor, by courtesy, of German studies and of comparative literature.Treharne’s research areas are British literature, comparative literature, digital humanities literature and history, and postcolonial studies. She has published widely...

Upcoming Events

May
21
Date
Tue May 21st 2024, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Location
Building 460, Margaret Jacks Hall
450 Jane Stanford Way, Building 460, Stanford, CA 94305
426

Methods Café is a dialogue series in the Department of English that pairs faculty members in a conversation about literary theory. Primary texts…

May
29
Date
Wed May 29th 2024, 6:30pm - 7:30pm
Location
Roble Gym
375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Rm 139

Documenting processes of listening as a white queer scholar to Black lesbian comic Jackie “Moms” Mabley, this talk explores the ethics of…

May
30
Date
Thu May 30th 2024, 10:00am - 12:00pm
Location
Roble Gym
375 Santa Teresa Street, Stanford, CA 94305
Lounge

This workshop explores best practices for writing your dissertation and navigating the academic job market with relative ease and care. Topics…

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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