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English Department at Providence College

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.​

Fall 2017 English Course Offerings

Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series​ 

Joy HarjoT​he inaugural reading of the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series was held on Thursday, November 10, 2016 in the Ruane Center for the Humanities Great Room. Joy Harjo, an award-winning poet who has published seven books, read selections from her work. College President Rev. Brian J. Shanley, ’80 O.P., and Professor Perel offered remarks followed by a reception.

Jane Lunin PerelAbout the Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series 
Professor emerita Jane Lunin Perel ’15Hon. arrived to teach English and creative writing at Providence College in 1971. She has stretched students’ creative capacities ever since. She also led the initiative to establish the College’s Women’s Studies Program in 1994, serving as its first director, and was devoted to it and the Department of English until her retirement in 2014. 

The annual Jane Lunin Perel Poetry and Fiction Series “celebrates a life in which poetry and fiction synthesize the imagination with the Divine.” ​

​News & Events

Alumni Author PanelProvidence College Hosts Millennial Authors Panel​
​A panel of Providence College alumni discussed their paths to becoming published authors during a “Published & Proud – Millennial Alumni Authors” discussion. Panelists for the discussion were Alison Espach ’07, an assistant professor of English at PC and the author of The Adults, Michael Hartigan ’04, the auth​or of the psychological thriller Stone Angels, Matt Weber ’06, the author of Fearing the Stigmata: Humorously Holy Stories of a Young Catholic’s Search for a Culturally Relevant Faith and Operating on Faith: A Painfully True Love Story, and Emily Benfer ’99, the founder and director of the Health Justice Project at the Loyola University Chicago School of Law and the author of several journal articles.​ The panel was moderated by PC associate professor of English E.C. Osondu, whose literary career includes the 2009 Caine Prize for his story entitled “Waiting” and his highly regarded collection of short stories entitled Voice of America. ​

culty Accomplishments​

Tuire Valkeakari’s book Precarious Passages: The Diasporic Imagination in Contemporary Black Anglophone Fiction was published by University Press of Florida​ (2017). Tuire analyzes the writing of Toni Morrison, Caryl Phillips, Lawrence Hill, and other contemporary novelists of African descent. She shows how their novels connect with each other and with defining moments in the transatlantic experience, most notably the Middle Passage and enslavement. ​Tuire Valkeakari is professor of English at Providence College and the author of Religious Idiom and the African American Novel, 1952-1998. 

Russell Hillier's book Morality in Cormac McCarthy's Fiction: Souls at Hazard was published by Palgrave Macmillan (2017).  Russell is the author of Milton’s Messiah (2011) and has published numerous scholarly articles on William Shakespeare, John Milton, John Donne, George Herbert, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, John Keats, Fyodor Dostoevsky, and Cormac McCarthy.​​​

Eric Bennett's book Workshops of Empire: Stegner, Engle, and American Creative Writing During the Cold War was publi​​shed by University of Iowa Press (2015).  Eric is the author of A Big Enough Lie, and his writing has appeared in A Public Space, New Writing, Modern Fiction Studies, Blackwell-Wiley’s Companion to Creative Writing, The Chronicle of Higher Education, VQR, MFA vs. NYC, and Africana

Chard deNiord named Vermont Poet Laureate. Chard succeeded Sydney Lea as Vermont Poet Laureate on November 2, 2015. Poet Laureate is a four-year appointment made by the Governor based on the recommendation of a distinguished panel. Read more.

See Also​​​

The Providence College Center for Career Education & Professional Development​ partners with all students to help them identify, enhance and accomplish their career development, internship, job search and educational goals in their transition from college to career.

​'Union Jackie'

Jackie Kelley '17 spent the Spring semester studying abroad at King's College in London. During her time in England, she shared her experiences on her "UnionJackieBlog.