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The Department of English at Michigan State University provides students with an excellent education in the liberal arts—one that strikes an ideal balance between creativity and critical inquiry. Undergraduate and graduate students, whether planning to enter professional or academic job markets after graduation, leave with skills allowing them to communicate, collaborate, and problem solve in a cultural landscape growing increasingly global.

Student–faculty interaction is at the center of our department. At present, more than 40 faculty members dedicate themselves to teaching excellence and outstanding scholarship. Faculty areas of specialization are wide-ranging and encompass literary periods and genres, language studies, critical theory, new media studies, cultural studies, film studies, and creative writing.

Our students develop exceptional writing skills. And, because they are exposed to a variety of learning experiences and faculty members who offer disparate perspectives, they acquire the know-how to confront large-scale issues and effect change around the world.

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Dr O'Donnell Featured on U of Wisconsin Blog

Recently, Dr. Patrick O'Donnell was featured in two highly frequented blog posts, discussing the works of David Mitchell.

Dr. Yumibe Honored with Prestigious Teacher-Scholar Award

The 2016 Teacher-Scholar Award is given to to faculty who early in their careers have earned the respect of students and colleag…

Dr. Singh Interviewed by Prestigious Folger Shakespeare Library

Dr. Jyotsna Singh from the English department was recently interviewed for a podcast “Shakespeare in India” created by the prest…

Dr. Harrow Honored with Service Award

Please join the English department in congratulating Dr. Ken Harrow on his Service Award from the African Studies Associatio…

Dave Watson Nominated for Pushcart Prize

Join the English department in congratulating graduate student Dave Watson on his Pushcart nomination for his story, “The Vanish…
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Upcoming Events

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Michigan State University - Department of English - Wells Hall C614
619 Red Cedar Rd - East Lansing, MI 48824 - (517) 355-7570

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  • [Broad Underground Film Series] Global Grooves and Visions
    2016-02-12 19:00:00 2016-02-12 23:00:00 40 [Broad Underground Film Series] Global Grooves and Visions

    February 12 at 7pm the Eli and Edythe Broad Art Museum will be screening the fifth set of films in the  Broad Underground Film series organized under the theme, Global Grooves and Visions. This month’s films will be presented by MSU faculty members Josh Yumibe and Connor Ryan featuring artists Shirin Neshat, Nam June Paik, Wura Ogunji, and Emeka Ogboh.

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  • English Department Student Creative Writing and Filmmaking Awards Call for Su...
    2016-02-19 00:00:00 2016-02-19 17:00:00 40 English Department Student Creative Writing and Filmmaking Awards Call for Submissions Due

    Deadline Friday February 19, 2016,
    either as hard copy or electronic

    Submit hard copies to the Department
    of English, Wells C614 by 5:00 pm;
    electronic submissions may be sent
    to msucreativewriting@gmail.com,
    as a SINGLE word doc or PDF.

    For all submissions, please use
    standard 12 pt font (such as Times
    New Roman) and number your
    pages. All entries should be
    accompanied by a cover sheet
    containing the writer’s name, summer
    address, email address, and phone
    number. Indicate to which genre you
    are submitting. The writer’s name
    should appear nowhere in the body
    of the work.

    Students may submit in multiple genres;
    provide separate cover sheets for each

    All MSU undergraduate students are
    Category Specific Guidelines:
    Poetry entries limited to no more than 3

    Flash (fiction/nonfiction/prose poetry) entries
    should be no more than 750 words each
    (longer works of prose should be
    submitted to the fiction/nonfiction
    categories. Include word count in

    Fiction/nonfiction prose entries should be
    double spaced and no more than 3000
    words. Include word count in submission.
    Screenplays/plays should be limited to 25
    pages. Submit as PDF.
    Films should be submitted as DVDs or as
    YouTube links.

    Categories: Fiction, Nonfiction, Flash,
    Poetry, Screenwriting/Playwriting, Film
    Prizes in each category: $150 First Place,
    $50 Second Place
    Winners will be announced at the
    reading by guest judge Matthew
    Gavin Frank, March 23 at 7:00 pm in
    the Green Room of the MSU Library.



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  • [Critical Institutions]
    2016-02-26 12:00:00 2016-02-26 18:00:00 40 [Critical Institutions]

    Dr. Orit Halpern (Concordia University)

    Dr. Marisa Parham (Amherst College)

    Dr. Kaveh Askari (Western Washington University)

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  • [Reading] Matthew Gavin Frank
    2016-03-23 19:00:00 2016-03-23 21:00:00 40 [Reading] Matthew Gavin Frank

    Matthew Gavin Frank, Mar 23, 7:00 pm, Green Room library (co-sponsored Michigan Writers Series)


    There will also be an announcement of the creative writing award winners at this event.

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