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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 

 

A talk by Jeffrey Severs entitled "David Foster Wallace and Financial Crisis" will take place at 3:30 PM October 29 in Ruane 206.  Jeffrey Severs is assistant professor of English at the University of British Columbia, where he specializes in post-1945 U.S. fiction. The event is sponsored by the English Department and co-sponsored by America Studies.

An International Maymester Course, Wordsworth in the Lake District, May 18-30, 2015
After a week of study in Providence, students will travel to Grasmere, Wordsworth’s home in the picturesque English Lake District, and work at the Jerwood Centre and the Wordsworth Museum, where most of the poet’s books and manuscripts are stored. This three credit course will offer a unique opportunity to study a writer’s works in the place where he lived, and visit the exact places he described.  Students will also be trained in the handling of manuscripts, original drawings and paintings, and other archival objects.  For further information, contact Dr. Bruce Graver at beg@providence.edu.

Dr. Eric Bennett's
first novel, A Big Enough Lie, will be published by Northwestern University Press/TriQuarterly in June 2015.

Caine Prize Winner E.C. Osondu Appeared at Special NYC Event
E.C. Osondu, Associate Professor of English, appeared in conversation with Windham Campbell Prizewinner Aminatta Forna and novelist, critic, and Pulitizer-winning journalist Lorraine Adams on Friday, September 19, at the Hotel Particulier New York.  Read more.​​ 

English Professors Collaborate on a Translation of Mieczyslaw Jastrun's Memorials
Professor Dzvinia Orlowsky, one of two translators along with Jeff Friedman, and Professor Chard deNiord, who wrote the introduction, collaborated on the recently published volume of poetry Memorials by Mieczyslaw Jastrun.  Jastrun was born in Korololowka, Poland, in 1903.  Over his lifetime he published more than a dozen books of poetry along with other volumes of essays, memoir, and translations from German, Russian and French literature in Polish. Read more.​

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.

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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 engdept@providence.edu or contact the following people.

Chair
Dr. Bruce E. Graver
Ruane LL33          
401-865-2053
beg@providence.edu 

Assistant Chair
Dr. Margaret Reid
Ruane LL32
401-865-2689
mreid@providence.edu

Administrative Assistant
Janet Masso
401-865-2292
401-865-1192 [Fax]
 

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