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English Department

"What can you do with an English degree? Write a celebrated novel, manage a political campaign, or fund-raise for an Ivy League university. Become a television journalist, an investment broker, or an award-winning professor of law. How do we know this? Because these are just a few career fields our graduates have excelled in.

The English department at PC has something for anyone interested in the discipline — lovers of great books, writers and poets, and future teachers and college professors. Led by faculty who are teachers, scholars, and writers, our courses cover the full range of English literature: authors, genres, and historical periods.

We offer three bachelor's degree programs — English, Creative Writing, and Secondary Education. Each one is rigorous. Each one is engaging. Each one promises to sharpen your writing, analysis, and research skills — important tools for any form of employment or graduate study.

​News & Events 

National Endowment for the Humanities
bennetttb.gifEric Bennett has been invited to participate this summer in the National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar, "Reconsidering Flannery O'Connor," in Milledgeville, Georgia.  

Novel Accepted for Publication
E. C. Osondu's novel titled, This House Is Not For Sale, will be published by HarperCollins in early Spring 2015. It will also be published by GRANTA in the U.K. and by Farafina in Nigeria. An Italian translation of the novel will be published in Italy by Neri Pozza.

deNiord Discusses Craft with U.S. Poet Laureate
Chard deNiord, professor of English, recently added another highlight to his already praiseworthy career when he interviewed Natasha Tretheway, the U.S. Poet Laureate, in front of hundreds at the Palm Beach Poetry Festival. Read more.

In Discussing Literary Hero, English Professor Receives ‘Greatest Honor’
At a formal event in New York, Dr. John Scanlan presented a talk to nearly 100 members of The Johnsonians — a society for leading scholars of Dr. Samuel Johnson, one of the eighteenth century’s greatest literary figures. The paper traced the somewhat surprising development of Johnson’s sense of humor over the course of his long literary career. Read more.

Dr. Eric Bennett's article "How Iowa Flattened Literature" was the cover story for a recent issue of The Chronicle Review, the arts and opinion section of the Chronicle of Higher Education. In addition, his book, Workshops of Empire: Creative Writing and the Cold War, is forthcoming from the University of Iowa Press. His short story, "What's Left of What's Left," was published in December 2013 in A Public Space 20.   

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The Department of English is located in the Ruane Center for the Humanities, LL37. Office hours are 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. For more information, email or contact the following people.

Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32

Adminstrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-1192 [Fax]

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