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

Book Launch! Celebrating the publication of: Book Madness: A Story of Book Collectors in America (Yale University Press, 2022)   by Denise Gigante Sadie Dernham Patek Professor of Humanities Department of English, Stanford University   Featured speakers: Gavin Jones, Frederick P. Rehmus Family Professor of Humanities P...
From Orbit Books: Ready for your next epic fantasy obsession? Orbit is thrilled to announce the acquisition of The Phoenix King by debut author Aparna Verma! The first in a trilogy blazing with mystic fire, political intrigue, and forbidden romance, The Phoenix King follows an assassin who is more than what he seems and a princess with...
From CCSR Director News | July 27, 2022 Earlier this month, Paula Moya was a featured guest of the podcast "Philosophy Talk" to discuss attempts to remove Toni Morrison's The Bluest Eye from schools. The interview was part of the episode "Summer Reading List 2022: Banned Books Edition." Listen to a preview of the episode and download it here...

Upcoming Events

Wed October 19th 2022, 5:30pm - 7:00pm
Green Library, Bing Wing
459 Lasuen Mall, Stanford, CA 94305

Book Launch! Celebrating the publication of:

Thu October 27th 2022, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Terrace Room (rm. 426), Margaret Jacks Hall, Bldg 460
450 Jane Stanford Way, Bldg 460, Stanford, CA 94305

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

Thu November 3rd 2022, 5:00pm - 7:00pm
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (460-426)

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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