The Department of English offers courses central to a liberal arts education, not only for English majors but also for other students who wish to enrich their understanding of literature and language and to develop their skills as readers and writers.
These are skills essential to leading constructive and imaginative lives. They also provide preparation for careers in law, teaching, publishing, advertising, communications, business, and medicine—for any work that requires the ability to read, to write, and to integrate information in meaningful patterns.
In our curriculum, students will find a rich variety of literature courses, ranging from the ancient to the postmodern, from the canonical to the experimental and avant-garde.
All students in the English department engage in the Classics of Literature Sequence (210: Ancient and Medieval Literature; 211: English Literature 1: The Renaissance and Eighteenth Century; 212: English Literature 2: The Nineteenth and Early Twentieth Centuries), as well as two courses in our American Literature Sequence. From there, paths diverge as students choose the Creative Writing Track or the Literature Track of the major.
Students on the Creative Writing Track are able to hone their skills as poets, fiction writers, and essayists, developing their craft under the mentorship of distinguished novelists and poets.
On both tracks, students receive excellent training in expository writing—the kind of clear, effective prose necessary for success in any career. The English department also works to develop students’ writing skills across the College by co-administering the College’s Writing Program in concert with the Writing Center.
Associate Professor of English Joshua Corey saw the publication of his first novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy (Spuyten Duyvil Press, June 1, 2014). The book centers around Ruth, a bored and frustrated young mother in the Chicago suburbs haunted by the letters she receives from her own mother, who has been dead for several years. Corey also expects to publish his fourth book of poems, The Barons (Omnidawn), in October.
It’s a busy spring for Associate Professor of English Josh Corey, who recently had two poems published and is having a book launch in mid-May. On Thursday, May 15 at 7 p.m. at The Book Cellar in Lincoln Square, Chicago, Corey will read from his new novel, Beautiful Soul: An American Elegy. In addition, the May issue of Poetry Magazine features two works by Corey: “Animals” and “Mrs. God.”
Matthew Helderman ’11 is solving a big problem faced by producers in the independent film industry. It has to do with money.