University of Mississippi

Welcome From the Chair

The English department, located on the University of Mississippi’s gorgeous campus adjacent to the idyllic town of Oxford, is one of the most exciting places in America to study English Literature and Creative Writing. With over 350 undergraduate majors and 60 graduate students, the English department is one of the largest in the College of Liberal Arts. We offer four distinctive degree programs leading to the B.A., M.A., M.F.A., and Ph.D. These programs allow individual students, in consultation with distinguished faculty advisors, to personalize their studies while acquiring the breadth of knowledge and skills of the traditional English major. In addition to creative writing classes and workshops in poetry, fiction, non-fiction, and screenwriting, we boast a wide array of literature courses, ranging from Beowulf, Chaucer and Shakespeare to African American Literature, Blues Culture, Ecocrticism, Animals Studies, Literary Theory, Gender Studies, Digital Humanities, Digital Text Recovery, and Southern fiction, film, and poetry.

Beyond the classroom, we offer regular lectures by nationally known scholars and creative writers. Recent visitors to our campus include filmmaker Spike Lee, Pulitzer Prize winner Jeffrey Eugenides, former Poet Laureate Robert Hass, political activist Angela Davis, and National Book Award winner Mark Doty. Oxford’s famous independent bookstore, Square Books, also draws dozens of nationally acclaimed authors for readings and singings each year. In addition, the English department, in conjunction with the Center for the Study of Southern Culture, hosts the annual Faulkner & Yoknapatawpha Conference that brings to campus prominent national and international scholars. The department also supports an annual graduate students conference, Southern Writers, Southern Writing, The Oxford Conference for the Book, and is the home of The Yalobusha Review and The Global South, an online journal of comparative postcolonial studies.

The town of Oxford boasts a lively music scene, a rich book culture centered around Square Books, and many great restaurants.

Ivo Kamps, Chair 

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