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

Feburary 2016


My America, Too
December 8, 2015
Visiting Assistant Professor (English and Theatre) Elyzabeth Gregory Wilder has written That I Know for Sure, which was directed by Baltimore Center Stage's Artistic Director, Kwame Kwei-Armah. The short play was filmed in Sanford, Florida on the location where Treyvon Martin was killed.
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Sewanee Review Fall Open
October 19, 2015
The Sewanee Review Fall Open House will celebrate our birthday and completion of our 123rd volume at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, October 28.
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As We Like It: Staging Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century
September 10, 2015
The Sewanee community is invited to “As We Like It: Staging Shakespeare in the Twenty-First Century,” a lecture by Andrew Hartley, Russell Robinson Distinguished Professor of Shakespeare, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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