News/Events

February 15, 2017
40th Annual Writers Week Conference
12 p.m.
INTS 1128
Speaker: Fred Moten


February 15, 2017
EMA Professor Talk
1:10p.m.
HMNSS 2211
Speaker: Emma Stapely


February 21, 2017
The Voice, Discipline, and Desire
12p.m.
HMNSS 2212
Speaker: Carole-Anne Tyler


For more events please visit: http://english.ucr.edu/news-and-events/

Mission Statement

The UCR English Department is committed to the study of English and American literatures and cultures. Our work is oriented by literature and by the question of the literary, even as it expands to consider a wide range of texts.  Oral traditions, material objects, visual culture, performance art, and soundscapes figure in our scholarship alongside more traditional and other innovative forms. A broad and diverse understanding of English and American literature includes everything from medieval lyrics to film and digital media; from the plays of Shakespeare to the work of Louise Erdrich, Theresa Hak Kyung Cha, and Toni Morrison; from poetry by Sor Juana Inés de la Cruz to novels by Mary Shelley, James Joyce, or the poetry and prose of Cherrie Moraga or Gloria Anzaldúa.

A wide range of critical formations shape our practice. To name only a few: archive studies; Asian American Studies; Black Studies; Feminist and Queer Studies; Hemispheric Studies; Latin@ Studies; Native and Indigenous Studies; Postcolonial Studies; SFTS (Science/Speculative Fiction and Technology Studies); and Transatlantic Studies. Literature, furthermore, is not only what we study: it is what we write. Our department has a history of supporting innovative critical practice across a range of formats, including experimental criticism, creative non-fiction, poetry and curatorial work.

Both our undergraduate and graduate programs are structured around principles of justice and equality, and we pride ourselves that our own innovative research demonstrates these principles, as does our commitment to imaginative pedagogy.   We take the meaning of instruction and mentorship seriously: the integrity of the faculty-student relationship is at the heart of our work. We show our broad range of interests and rich research profile in everything we do, and we share those interests with our students. Our teaching anchors our scholarship. As a department, we are committed to valuing the ways that teaching, service and scholarship inform and support each other.


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