College of Charleston Department of English We honor the right to free speech and will oppose the intrusion of hate speech and hateful symbols of oppression on our campus.

Because we teach the arts of rhetoric, English faculty have a special obligation to defend and promote the open exchange of ideas, and to expose and resist deliberate misrepresentations of the past. Since we recognize that the College of Charleston, like the rest of the country, has yet to shed the vestiges of our racist history, we stand committed to working toward a fully diverse and inclusive e

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Please join us for the 17th annual Nuovo Cinema Italiano Film Festival (NCIFF 2023). From November 2nd -5th at the Queen Street Playhouse, prepare for an unforgettable journey through the best of contemporary Italian cinema.

All screenings are free for students, faculty, and staff. Additionally, all films will be in Italian with English subtitles.


This Friday evening, the Halsey Institute will host “Everything is Us,” a conversation between English Prof. Johnson and Dr. View in celebration of the 50th anniversary of hip-hop.


The CofC English Department invites you to consider joining Sigma Tau Delta, an international English honors society dedicated to fostering literacy on campus, in the community, and beyond.


Buxton Books is hiring! They are looking for part-time and seasonal employees to work during the Charleston Literary Festival and the holidays.


Check out our spring 2024 course offerings and course descriptions! Meet with your advisor sooner than later. Academic holds will be placed on all English majors on Oct. 30th.

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Earned Hours: Registration Start Date
90-122+: Tuesday, October 31, 2023
80-89: Thursday, November 2, 2023
70-79: Friday, November 3, 2023
60-69: Monday, November 6, 2023
50-59: Wednesday, November 8, 2023
40-49: Thursday, November 9, 2023
30-39: Friday, November 10, 2023
20-29: Monday, November 13, 2023
1-19: Tuesday, November 14, 2023
0 (zero) Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 10/10/2023

We are thrilled to announce our fall visiting scholar, Stevie "Dr. View" Johnson! Dr. View will be here on Thursday, October 26th. Join us in RSS 235 at 3:15 for his talk, Hip Hop at 50: The Epistemology of Listening & Hip Hop Sensibilities to Develop Trust & Community Inside & Outside the Academy.

Swipe left to learn more about our esteemed scholar.

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Learn about the film studies program TOMORROW. The open house is at 7 p.m. in Maybank 100.


Join us next Tuesday for a new MFA student reading series, epiphyte from 6-7 PM at Blue Bicycle Books!


THIS AFTERNOON, join us for our Fall Research and Writing Colloquium at 3:15 in RSS 235!

Photos from College of Charleston Department of English's post 09/28/2023

Take a look at next week's roster of resistance against anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric. GET A FREE BANNED BOOK! WATCH AN AMAZING AND PROFOUND FILM OR JOIN THE CONVERSATION! Come fight the silencing of impactful voices.


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3:30-4:30 p.m. in MYBK 111

See you there!


Prof. Kathy Béres Rogers
Re-Thinking Intelligence: The Case of Victor Frankenstein
"This talk stems from my book project, tentatively titled What does it Signify? Romantic Narratives of Cognitive Disability. In this, my first chapter, I posit that, before the advent of IQ, “intelligence” itself was a contested term, more akin to ideas about the soul or our own notions of social/emotional intelligence. Considering Mary Shelley’s 1818 Frankenstein in terms of disability, the creature has been the chief source of focus, in that he is visibly disabled or Other. Disability studies accounts of the creature focus on deformity, race, or difference, but they rarely consider that we see the creature through Victor’s eyes. It is Victor’s lack of social competence, one that Mary Shelley views as an intellectual deficit, that catapults the monstrous events of Shelley’s novel."

Prof. Jacob Craig
My Mother was a MySpace Template
"It’s almost been 20 years since I learned to make my first MySpace template. It was moody, and rockabilly music played when the page loaded. After an almost-15 year lapse in time, it’s tough to be nostalgic and optimistic about the later parts of Web 2.0 (2006-2019), especially as more continue to voice concern about what effects apps and devices might have had on themselves, their kids, and democracy. During that same time period (2006-2019), writing majors took off, using Web 2.0 as both justification for their formation and as a central issue to address through scholarship as well as teaching and learning.

In this talk, I’ll trace what effect Web 2.0 had on writers and their development, especially in the context of a writing major. To do so, I’ll attend to three terms that emerged as key in writing studies scholarship throughout the 06-19 period–choice, non-human, value. Finally, I’ll outline where I think writing studies needs to course-correct and why that means that it’s time to pay attention to economics and market forces."


Join us in two weeks on Wednesday, September 13th, from 9:30-11 a.m. at 26 Glebe Street for Coffee & Bagels! We will have hot and iced coffee from Caviar and Bananas and various breakfast items!


The Department of English seeks a Departmental Media Intern for academic year 2023-24. This paid internship requires a commitment of 7 hours per week at a rate of $13 per hour. The DMI will create and manage multimedia content for the department website, blog, and social media accounts by publicizing and covering departmental events and developing stories on current students, faculty, and alums. The selected candidate will receive training in digital writing and design. We welcome but do not require experience writing for blogs or organizational social media profiles or designing visual documents like fliers. Include in your cover letter your reasons for applying, ideas for improving the online presence of the English Department, and your weekly availability during the fall semester. Applicants are encouraged to browse our Instagram, Facebook, and X (formerly known as Twitter) accounts before preparing their cover letters. If you would like assistance developing your resume, please get in touch with the Career Center. TO APPLY: By Friday, 9/8, at 5:00 p.m., send a cover letter, resume, and writing sample to Callie Fleming Renner ([email protected]). Your writing sample should reflect the kind of work you’ll be asked to do in the internship (e.g., a piece of writing to be shared online or a piece of design work like a flier).

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