Welcome to the Department of English at Rutgers University

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Edgar Allan Poe is widely known as an innovator or inventor of a number of popular genres:  the locked-room mystery, science fiction, the gothic tale, and the newspaper hoax.  But he has also had a huge impact on more elite literary and cultural pursuits:  his writing was central to the development of Symbolist poetry, modernist painting and illustration, film, psychoanalysis, and literary theory.  The figure of Poe—melancholy dreamer, misunderstood genius, and poverty-stricken magazine writer—has shaped our very idea of what it means to be a modern author, one who depends for survival on a fickle literary marketplace.  In this class we will study a broad range of Poe’s writing in order to understand his interventions into the literature and culture of his own era and his ongoing influence on ours.


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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"