English and Textual Studies
Daphne Stowe Undergraduate Coordinator 315-443-2173 Jolynn Parker Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies 315-443-5985 Roger Hallas Director of Undergraduate Studies 315-443-9468
We call our curriculum “English and Textual Studies” (ETS) to acknowledge the breadth and diversity of the texts we study. While our courses certainly feature well-known literary texts from the past and present, we also focus on neglected literary works, film and other forms of audio-visual media, historical documents and non-fictive forms that also demand interpretation, and on the cultural discourses and social institutions that influence acts of reading and writing. Our program is thus designed to introduce you to a wide array of texts, to enhance your ability to interpret them, and to train you to write critically and cogently about your understanding. The department’s creative writing courses will develop your skills as a writer of poetry and fiction and help you become a critical reader of your own work
Our diverse faculty, which includes literary historians, critical theorists, film scholars, editors, poets, and novelists, approaches the field in a variety of ways. But we have one thing in common: we are dedicated teachers, confident that our courses will help you to understand this changing textual universe and to acquire the verbal, analytical, and critical powers essential to your intellectual development and future success. The small size of our classes (typically 20-25) promotes interactive learning and gives us a chance to work closely with you as you develop as a reader and writer.
Our curriculum is broad, diverse, and flexible—and we encourage you to tailor your ETS major to suit your goals and interests.
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies