With courses ranging from Anglo-Saxon poetry to contemporary fiction, English is the most popular major among BU’s humanities departments. The English Department offers BA, MA, and PhD programs led by prominent literary scholars working in every period of English and American literature. The department’s Creative Writing Program features a world-renowned faculty and has produced winners of all the major awards in poetry and fiction. The department publishes Studies in Romanticism, the leading journal on the Romantic movement, and AGNI, an important literary journal.
Department chair: Maurice S. Lee
Campus address: 236 Bay State Road
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(Oxford University Press (OUP), 2015-12)Japonisme is a term often used to describe the shaping effects of Japanese culture and aesthetics on European art, but by the 1880s a similar trend emerged in the US, influencing popular culture as well as fine arts and ...
(2017)The essay cluster brings together leading Eliot and modernist scholars to commemorate the centenary of the publication of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock.” Together, they reexamine the circumstances surrounding the ...
(University of London, 2017-12-01)In Charles Dickens’s Bleak House there is a strange (and disgusting) pattern of characters feeling that they can ‘taste’ the air, and that that air tastes either meaty or greasy. Esther notices that snuffing ‘two great ...
(2017-08-28)This article focuses on the publication of Darwin’s final book (1881) in the context of Darwin’s larger attempts to resist the habitual anthropocentrism of human beings. It begins with Darwin’s discussion of animal cognition ...
(2017-05-12)As W.E.B. DuBois asked African Americans in The Souls of Black Folk, “How does it feel to be the problem?”, Vijay Prashad asked Asian Americans in The Karma of Brown Folk, “How does it feel to be the solution?” That is, ...
(University of California Press, 2007-06)In this essay I argue that the global perspective, established in the era of modernEuropean imperialism, is given institutional expression as a way of seeing that is engaged—both by ruler and ruled— as the frame of adequate ...