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English Department

In keeping with the overall missions of both Vanderbilt University and its College of Arts and Science, the Department of English strives for three primary goals. First, we provide a superb education to all students, whether for our Graduate Students embarked on a career in the academy and beyond, for our majors and minors, or for students from other majors interested in exploring the richness and complexities of literature. Our students develop their reading, writing, and analysis skills across genres of print and visual culture. Second, through published scholarship and collaborations, we explore the diversity of literary studies and creative expression. And finally, we reach out, through local, national, and international partnerships, to introduce new knowledge to the public and to join in the conversation of public humanities. Welcoming creative writers and scholars at all levels of experience into our community, we work to enrich and understand the complex cultural legacies of literary study. Welcome to our new website; it is a work in progress, and please let us know how it could be of more use to you.



Each year, the EGSA recognizes members of the faculty for significant contributions to the teaching and mentoring of graduate students. This year's winners of the EGSA Mentoring Award are Scott Juengel and Mark Schoenfield, and the winner of the EGSA Teaching Award is Teresa Goddu.

Congratulations to Bryn Chancellor (Vanderbilt MFA '09), who has just won the Maureen Egen Award. Bryn was an outstanding student in our second MFA group to graduate from the program. She teaches creative writing workshops and literature at University of Montevallo.

Coming Fall 2014-The New English Major.

The world doesn’t need English majors ... but they make it a better place.

The Wisdom of the Elders program, sponsored in part by the Department of English, is directed by Professor Ifeoma Nwankwo,  We are proud to announce it has won the “Community Center Program Award” given to the best community center program – for youth, families, seniors, or intergenerational, in Tennessee by the Tennessee Recreation and Parks Association.


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