English Events Calendar
Barbara & David Zalaznick Reading Series
Cornell Events Calendar


Barely Composed
New Books by English Faculty
Alice Fulton reimagines the great lyric subjects in her new book of poems.

English Events on YouTube


Literature in the Family
June 22nd
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Assistant Professor Mukoma Wa Ngugi celebrates the accomplishments of his father Ngugi wa Thiong'o and presents his book Nairobi Heat to the president of Kenya.
Awards Honor Faculty and Graduate Students
June 9th
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Professor Juffer receives academic advising award, associate professor Raskolnikov receives teaching award, and PhD candidate Danielle Morgan wins teaching assistant prize.

Marianne Marsh Recognized with Excellence Award
June 3rd
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Cornell’s Employee Recognition Team awarded a 2015 Management Award to Marianne Marsh, Administrative Director for the Department of English.
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The Cornell English Department welcomes alumni, current and prospective students, and visitors from around the world to learn about its faculty and programs, and to discover its range of courses, activities, and events.

The Cornell English Department has a long history of critical and methodological openness. From the early twentieth century, it has embraced new approaches to literary study, while maintaining traditional strengths. Supported by a series of libraries and collections that are world-renowned in many fields, Cornell English is the largest humanities department at Cornell University. A library news blog for literary researchers at Cornell is also a resource for English students and scholars.

Courses for undergraduates range from Chaucer, Shakespeare, and James Joyce to critical theory, creative writing, cultural studies, and ethnic American literatures. The Honors Program challenges English majors to produce a major critical project as the culmination of their degree. The Ph.D. and M.F.A. programs enable advanced students to pursue intensive study with a distinguished faculty committed to creative and intellectual community. Courses and related programs link students at all levels with interdisciplinary opportunities on campus, while a lively series of speakers, colloquia, and conferences provide a context for sustained learning and debate within the humanities. Alumni from the undergraduate, M.F.A., and doctoral programs have garnered an outstanding range of accomplishments.