Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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 In this course we will read poetry, prose, and drama written by women between 900 and 1689. We will start with poems preserved in the Exeter Book, a manuscript from the 900s, and range widely through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Our guiding question will be twofold: how do bodies, defined by the cultures and moments in which they live, impact how people experience literature? And, how do these women writers rethink religious devotion, literary history, and social and political power? We will focus on the historical contexts of these writers, who were writing and reading when very few women were taught these skills; we will also engage with current theories about how gender affects our own reading and writing. 


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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"