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

August 2015


Sewanee Professors Contribute to MTSU's SymPOEsium
June 19, 2015
Dr. Bill Engel and Dr. George Poe both presented at MTSU's symposium on "Poe and Place" or "SymPOEsium on Place".
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Professor Macfie participates in Harvard Roundtable
June 3, 2015
On April 24 and 25, Professor Macfie participated in a roundtable focused on Shakespeare and Classical Literature at Harvard University's Barker Center. Linked to The Ashgate Research Companion to Shakespeare and Classical Literature (scheduled for publication in 2016), the conference scrutinized what Shakespeare read, wrestled with early modern and postmodern meanings of the words "classic" and "classical," and addressed what it means to call Shakespeare "a classic." Macfie's contribution to the Ashgate volume, an essay titled "Shakespeare, Ovid, and Surprise: Reversal in the Sonnets and Narrative Poems," explores how Shakespeare bends to his own purposes several strategies of reversal and cancellation orchestrated in Ovid's Amores.
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Dr. Macfie's work published in "Renaissance Papers"
June 3, 2015
Pamela Macfie is happy to report that her essay, "Allusion as Plunder: Marlowe's Hero and Leander and Collulthus' Rape of Helen," has appeared in Renaissance Papers 43 (2-13): 31-42.
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