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

Ato Quayson, Jean G. and Morris M. Doyle Professor in Interdisciplinary Studies and Chair of the Department of English, has been selected as the recipient of the 2021 Robert Penn Warren-Cleanth Brooks Award for his book Tragedy and Postcolonial Literature (Cambridge University Press). The award honors the innovative and critical interpretations of...
The National Book Critics Circle was founded in 1974 at New York’s legendary Algonquin Hotel by a group of the most influential critics of the day, and awarded its first set of honors the following year. Comprising more than 600 working critics and book-review editors throughout the country, the NBCC annually bestows its awards in six categories...
Hot off the presses: a Special Forum on “Global Huck: Mapping the Cultural Work of Translations of Mark Twain’s Adventures of Huckleberry Finn” in the latest issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.  Stanford English professor & American Studies Director Shelley Fisher Fishkin co-edited the  Special Forum with Tsuyoshi Ishihara in...

Upcoming Events

February
10
Date
Thu February 10th 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location
Terrace Room | Building 460, Rm 426
February
10
Date
Thu February 10th 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location
Location TBD

Methods Café will involve two formats. The first will be one professor interviewing another professor on their published book. The two of them…

February
24
Date
Thu February 24th 2022, 5:00pm - 6:30pm
Location
Terrace Room, Margaret Jacks Hall (Building 460)

Methods Café will involve two formats. The first will be one professor interviewing another professor on their published book. The two of them…

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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