Resources

Comprehensive Examination

A student majoring in English is required to pass a written comprehensive examination, which must be taken in the final semester. Click Read More to view a sample comprehensive exam and also receive answers to the most frequently asked questions pertaining to the exam.

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Reading List For Majors in English

Given the limited time we have with our majors, we must acknowledge that the readings they undertake in the English curriculum are only a stone’s skip across a wide and rich expanse of literary waters.

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Prizes and Awards

View the various prizes and awards offered through the English Department.

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Asking for Recommendations

In seeking employment or admission to graduate or professional school, you often need letters of recommendation.  We expect to support our majors in this way, so do not be shy about asking us to write on your behalf.

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Literature and Writing

The Alma Mater of Quentin Compson's father in The Sound and the Fury, overlooking Lost Cove where the saving remnant gathers in Walker Percy's Lost in the Cosmos, the University of the South has been closely connected with writers and literature from the advent of the Sewanee Review in 1892 through the creation of the Sewanee Writers' Conference in 1990.

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The Haines Lectures

Having discovered Sewanee through their son, who was graduated in 1966 with a major in English, Stacy and Peggy moved here when he retired from a career with Sears, Roebuck & Company in Chicago. From the time of their arrival in this community, their home became a place of hospitality for aspiring and accomplished readers and writers.

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Web Links

Finding "quality" information online can sometimes be difficult.  A simple Google search of Shakespeare returns 48,400,000 links!  Listed below are links recommended by faculty members for web sites that you will find helpful in your studies.

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