Welcome to the English Department

We offer Bachelor’s, Master’s, and doctoral degrees. Our courses span the range of American and English literature and writing studies, with particular expertise in American and transatlantic literatures (early and contemporary), writing studies, and digital humanities.  Our faculty are also involved in research and teaching in African-American Studies, Jewish Studies, Linguistics, and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.

Please use the links on this page and the Chair’s Welcome to learn more about our people, programs, and opportunities.

Department News

Professor Blessington’s book, “Paradise Lost” and the Classical Epic, to be republished in new series

Professor Francis Blessington‘s first book, “Paradise Lost” and the Classical Epic, will be republished by the original publisher, Routledge, in a new series, Routledge Library Editions, in hardcover, paperback, and eBook.

Lee (BA ’18) accepts position at Mailchimp

Yvonne Lee (B.A. English & Communication Studies ’18) completed an internship at Mailchimp and was hired as a full-time UX Content Strategist. Congratulations, Yvonne!

These students are making science easier to understand on wikipedia, one article at a time

“Bridging the gap between science and communication is very important, but scientists rarely communicate their work effectively enough for a broad audience to understand. That’s the principle that underpins an unusual task Cecelia Musselman assigns to students in her ‘Advanced Writing for the Sciences’ course.” Read the full article in News@Northeastern.

Alberdi (BA ’17) to be Literary Associate for Huntington Theater Company

J. Sebastián Alberdi (B.A.’17) has accepted a position as Literary Associate at the Huntington Theater Company. Sebastián studied with Luis Alfaro and all the other fellows in LA at the 2018 Lambda Literary’s Writers Retreat for Emerging LGBTQ Voices. His capstone project, “YES, an erasure of Ulysses‘s final chapter,” written with guidance from Professors Patrick Mullen and…
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Department Events


Arsalan ul Haq Prospectus/Dissertation Work-in-Progress Presentation

“Graphic Acts—Narrative Desire and Design in Comics and Architecture”..
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The Racialization of Print: Media and Ideology in the Long Eighteenth Century

A Barrs Lecture by Joseph Rezek, Boston University..
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William Quinn Prospectus/Dissertation Work-in-Progress Presentation

“Combative Collaboration: Readers in the Cultural Field of The Little Review”..
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William Bond Prospectus/Dissertation Work-in-Progress Presentation

“Genial and Daemonic: Imagining Materiality in Margaret Fuller’s Poetry”..
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Department Spotlights

Eunsong Kim

Assistant Professor of English Eunsong Kim

Eunsong Kim joined the NU English faculty in Fall 2017. She co-founded and co-runs the arts forum, contemptorary, a magazine supported by the Andy Warhol Art Writers Grant Program, which is dedicated to featuring, interviewing and archiving artists of color. Professor Kim's poetry has appeared in the Brooklyn Magazine, Denver Quarterly, The Iowa Review, West Branch, and others. Her first book of poetry, gospel of regicide, was published by Noemi Press in 2017.

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Elizabeth Polcha

Doctoral Candidate Elizabeth Polcha

Elizabeth Polcha's research interests include early American and Caribbean literature, digital humanities, and feminist theory. She has been awarded a prestigious Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship for the 2018-19 academic year and received a 2018 Northeastern University Outstanding Graduate Student Award for Teaching.

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