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


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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Professor Tucker's Article on Stevie Smith Published
February 4, 2015
Lauryl Tucker has published an article in Twentieth Century Literature called "Progeny and Parody: Narcissus and Echo in Stevie Smith's Poems," in which she discusses how Smith's uses this classical motif to critique both Christian and Freudian accounts of desire, gender, and childhood. The discussion of Echo as a parodic feminist figure in Smith is part of Professor Tucker's broader scholarly interest in this area, as she's currently working on a book project centering on queerness and parody.
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Professor Michael Awarded Faculty Fellowship
December 16, 2014
Congratulations to Professor Jennifer Michael who has been awarded a faculty fellowship from the Appalachian College Association for 2015-16.
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