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 friends and colleagues, I hope this message finds you well. We are very excited to announce the return of the Stanford Workshop in Poetics for the 2021-2022 academic year. In particular, we are pleased to share that, barring any changes in university policy, the Workshop will be holding its Autumn Quarter meetings using a “hybrid” format...
The latest issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies, a journal co-sponsored by Stanford’s American Studies Program, is now online. The journal is proud to publish a new essay by Kevin K. Gaines, "Reflections on Ben Okri, Goenawan Mohamad, and the 2020 Global Uprisings," in a special section responding to the year of uprisings sparked...
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...

Upcoming Events

Wed October 20th 2021, 5:00pm - 6:00pm
Speaker: Gavin Jones

Gavin Jones (English) will discuss the reception of Steinbeck’s unpublished werewolf novel and what the fascination with wolves tells us about…

Thu October 21st 2021, 11:00am - 12:00pm
Terrace Room, 4th floor of Margaret Jacks Hall

Lunch on the Terrace at noon

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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