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Department of English

Explore this page for advising updates, news, jobs, events, and resources relevant to a degree and career in English!

If you are thinking about studying English, then you’ve already had an encounter with literature. Maybe it was a novel grown creased and dog-eared, a poem painted in highlights, or the pulse stirring experience of your own creativity.  You’ve read the story, felt with the characters, mulled over the words that won’t leave you alone. Literature has meant something to you.

In the Quinnipiac English department, we share these literary encounters every day. We study literary history: knightly romances, plays performed for paupers and kings, fiction that riveted entire nations. We also study the world: American slave narratives, Caribbean poems, South Asian novels, or the tales of immigrants crossing the globe. We read the ancient and the contemporary in their many forms—fiction, poems, and plays, but sometimes audio narratives, comics, and films. Literature is vast in scope, so we must be as well.

For all that, the power of English is not just what we have read, but what we can make. We write creatively; we write analytically; we write rhetorically. We generate, discover, and see anew; we bring language into focus, order, harmony. We share what we have written, edit the work of others, present publicly, and build community.

As you will see again and again in our courses, people need words. We can’t get through the day without them. The study of literature and the practice of writing gives you the power to meet that need, a power that is cultural, creative, and economic.

Explore below to learn more and, please, feel free to contact our chair, Prof. Smith, if we can be of help.

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First-year student Rebecca Agami wins Mary Segall EN101 Writing Prize

First-year student Rebecca Agami wins Mary Segall EN101 Writing Prize

Congratulations to Rebecca Agami, whose essay “Learning Empathy” has won the Mary Segall EN101 Writing Prize of $150. Rebecca was a student in Prof. Sharyn Nelson’s fall ’20 EN101 class.

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​Wilder Fiction winner Tess Adams presents original play!

​Wilder Fiction winner Tess Adams presents original play!

Tuesday, April 20th, the Theater Arts Center will present Jigsaw, an original full-length play written by Tess Adams. Tess won this year’s Wilder Fiction Prize, and her production is just one of several Senior Theater projects that you can see …

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Ken Cormier Presents Multi-Media Paper at ACLA Conference

Ken Cormier Presents Multi-Media Paper at ACLA Conference

Ken Cormier, Associate Professor of English and Director of Creative Writing, presented a multi-media paper at the American Comparative Literature Association (ACLA) Conference on April 9, 2021. The paper, “Speech in Ruins: Multitrack Recording and the Problem of the Voice …

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Macbeth, Thom Pain, and a World Premiere! 

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Don’t miss the following senior capstones in theater!

 

Macbeth adapted and directed by Abby Nasworthy ’21

When: April 16th- 18th

How to watch: View live stream for free at abbynasworthy.com

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World Premiere New Play Reading by Tess …

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Calling all actors, stage managers, playwrights, designers, crew, and lovers of theater!

Calling all actors, stage managers, playwrights, designers, crew, and lovers of theater!

Are you interested in participating in theater during the Fall 2021 semester?

To ensure you are always informed about auditions, backstage positions, and other theater opportunities, send Professor Daly an email to be added to his mailing list: Kevin.Daly@quinnipiac.edu

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