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Haverford College
Department of English

sample11Henry James (1843-1916), American novelist and man of letters; painted by John Singer Sargent, 1913, National Portrait Gallery, London.

Welcome to English at Haverford

The English department offers courses in the literary traditions of the English-speaking world. The department aims to develop in its students the ability to respond to texts thoughtfully and critically, and to articulate those responses in clear and fluent English.

In our curriculum, we seek to maintain a working balance between a commitment to the traditional canon of British and American literature and an expanding horizon of fresh concerns, including courses in African-American literature, Asian-American literature, South Asian literature, South African literature, Irish literature, gender and sexuality studies, and courses inflected by particular theoretical foci, such as performance theory, queer theory, post-colonial theory, trauma theory, media studies, and visual studies. This discipline prepares interested students for postgraduate work in English and other subjects; for advanced work in professional and business schools; and for service in government and social work.

Inside English @ Haverford


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    The associate professor of English has been researching Woody Guthrie for a new book and was granted access to the new Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Okla., for three weeks of intensive work in the archives.


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