Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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This course will explore, contextualize, and assess the most prominent and influential works in the history and theory of tragedy, beginning with the iconic dramas of Greek antiquity that marked tragedy’s birth and extending through the landmarks of modern philosophy that accompanied its presumptive death.  We will examine tragic drama’s formal development and changing outlook and concerns over time; we’ll become acquainted with some of the masterworks of aesthetic criticism and cultural theory that such plays prompted; and we’ll investigate tragedy’s profound impact—as a specific art, as an aesthetic idea, and as a philosophy of history and existential insight—on human civilization and cultural thought.

why english wide

Upcoming Events

28 Mar 2018;
01:00PM - 04:00PM
CCA Pragmatism Working Group
30 Mar 2018;
10:00AM - 05:00PM
Slavery's Reinventions, a Symposium
04 Apr 2018;
08:00PM -
Writers at Rutgers Reading Series | Tracy K. Smith
20 Apr 2018;
12:00PM - 03:00PM
Americanist Seminar Hosts Jane Thrailkill, UNC


 Undergraduate Students


Graduate Program in English


Statue of "Willie the Silent"