With rich and varied literary and writing courses, this program transforms students into close readers, insightful critics, and superior writers. Students analyze classical, medieval, British, American, Irish, African American, and modern literature; may select from a range of courses in major authors, special topics, or the practice of journalism; and try their hands at composing plays, songs, poems, and short stories under the tutelage of regular professors as well as noted visiting writers.

English majors are immersed in the University’s historic and esteemed literary tradition. Sewanee is home to both the Sewanee Review, the country’s oldest continuously published literary quarterly, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a yearly two-week gathering of writers that has included Pulitzer, Bollingen, and Nobel prize winners.

Upcoming Events

May 2015


Congratulations Class of 2015!
May 16, 2015
The English Department would like to congratulate the class of 2015 as they prepare to enter graduate school, the workforce, or simply prepare to figure out what is next.
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Professor Irvin's Letter Goes Viral
May 16, 2015
Professor Matthew Irvin was the subject of a piece in the Chronicle of Higher Education, after a letter of his to syndicated columnist Dan Savage was published and went viral.
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2015 Stacey Allen Haines Lecturer Announced
February 11, 2015
John Lahr, author of Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh, will be the 2015 Stacey Allen Haines Lecturer. On Wednesday, April 8th, at 4:30, Mr. Lahr will give a reading, appropriately enough, at the Tennessee Williams Theatre, followed by a reception.
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