Rhodes College Department of English

We provide rigorous training in both textual study and written critical analysis. Additionally, students can engage in internships and independent study.

Our courses provide students with the tools necessary to read literature both attentively and critically, and to articulate those readings in formal papers that match lucidity with imagination. In addition to covering the full range of British, American, and Anglophone literature, from Beowulf to Toni Morrison, our course offerings also encompass film studies, creative writing, and creative non-fi

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02/23/2024

The Jack D. Farris Visiting Writers Series and the Rhodes College Department of English would like to thank guest speaker Hanif Abdurraqib for his time, effort and remarkable presentation. You made a powerful impact on our audience. Thank you again for making this event a great success.

Photos from Rhodes College Barret Library's post 02/14/2024

Listen to English major Maggie Kreis '24 in a new episode of "Lynx to the Past"!

02/13/2024

On February 21st, The Pinch Presents will welcome award-winning poet, essayist, and cultural critic Hanif Abdurraqib in Patterson Hall 456 at 3pm for a craft interview.

Abdurraqib is a 2021 MacArthur Fellow and the author of two books of poetry and three books of nonfiction. Abdurraqib will also be giving a reading at Rhodes College Department of English on Thursday, February 22nd in the McCallum Ballroom in the Bryan Campus Life Center.

Mark your calendars, bring your friends!

Meet The Daily Memphian's spring 2024 interns 01/30/2024

Congratulations Sarah Dassinger '25 for being selected as an intern at The Daily Memphian! Sarah is currently a Writing Fellow for the Rhodes College Department of English.

Meet The Daily Memphian's spring 2024 interns The Daily Memphian welcomed its spring 2024 internship cohort last month: Meet Christopher Wright and Sarah Dassinger.

Why knowing when to finish is as important as getting started - ABC listen 11/21/2023

Professor Seth Rudy discusses his new collection, co-edited with Rachael Scarborough King, "The Ends of Knowledge", which argues that if we want the university to remain a viable space for the creation and dissemination of knowledge, then the ability to conceive of, articulate, and interrogate shared visions of the purpose, or ends, of disciplines across the arts and sciences would be an important step forward.

Why knowing when to finish is as important as getting started - ABC listen In this episode of Future Tense – why charities should have a limited future… getting academics and researchers to think about the end of their research, not just the beginning… and a thoughtful take on the outsourcing of our intelligence –what do we lose when we let machines think for us?

Photos from Rhodes College Department of English's post 11/15/2023

A huge thanks to guest lecturer Catherine Newman for her literary reading of "We All Want Impossible Things" and very helpful Q & A session with students.

Photos from Rhodes College Department of English's post 10/30/2023

Professor Lori Garner's ENGL 485 Senior Seminar class wishes you a Happy Medieval Halloween! (Alexander Buccellato, Hannah Goto, Mary Knight, Maggie Kreis, Kendra Payne, Alex Peterson, Annika Seoane & Izzy Wollfarth)

Photos from Rhodes College Department of English's post 10/20/2023

Thank you to Dr. Emma Smith for her visit to Rhodes College to present "What is Shakespeare's First Folio -- and Why Should I Care?'. Dr. Smith's class visits were inspiring and her presentation was beyond compare! We hope she will visit Rhodes College again soon.

10/20/2023

Tomorrow at sunset, the Hernando de Soto Bridge will shine Red for Rhodes in recognition of our 175th anniversary and to welcome President Jennifer Collins. ❤️ ❤️

The Wonderful Inseparability of Form and Content 10/13/2023

Review of Emma Smith’s book "Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers”

The Wonderful Inseparability of Form and Content Emma Smith’s Portable Magic: A History of Books and Their Readers does not, as the title might suggest, celebrate the bond between readers and beloved books.…

Theater for a New Audience | Catherine Nicholson 10/13/2023

Review of Emma Smith’s book "Shakespeare’s First Folio: Four Centuries of an Iconic Book by Emma Smith"

Theater for a New Audience | Catherine Nicholson In late 1623, when the first printed copies of Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies were presented to browsers in the bookstalls

Photos from Rhodes College Department of English's post 10/11/2023

Our 2024 Spring Course Preview & Open House was a success! 🎉 Thanks to all of our student attendees and presenters.

10/06/2023

Maggie Kreis (Senior English major, Co-Host & Creator for Lynx
to the Past) paid tribute to her Indianapolis roots with a reading from John Green’s "Looking for Alaska" at our Read-Out Against Censorship.

Maggie Kreis (Senior, Co-Host & Creator for Lynx to the Past) paid tribute to her Indianapolis roots with a reading from John Green’s Looking for Alaska at our Read-Out Against Censorship.

10/05/2023

"A Separate Peace", read by Amelia Thalhammer, Rhodes College English major, Class of 2025 and RA at the Read-Out

A Separate Peace, read by Amelia Thalhammer, Rhodes College Class of 2025 and RA at the Read-Out

10/03/2023

We welcome Signa Tau Delta English honor society secretary, Olivia Brown, to the stage!
Olivia is reading Sophie’s Choice by William Styron for

Photos from Rhodes College Department of English's post 10/02/2023

What a great turnout for the poetry reading and discussion held Friday, September 29th! Panelists included alumnae poets Patricia Spears Jones '73, Caki Wilkinson '03 and J Bailey Hutchinson '13. Professor of English Marshall Boswell was moderator.

09/22/2023
09/18/2023

Join Professor Marilyn Koester for a fascinating exploration of the first Superman comic in the context of WWII politics: October 3 (Tuesday), 5:30-7:00 pm CST. You can join this one-night class in person or on Zoom. Register today at meeman.rhodes.edu!

09/13/2023

The colloquium returns to University of Memphis Libraries on September 15th! Head of Circulation and published author Shelia Gaines will present "Always Writing: The Joys and Challenges of Being a Creative Writer" All are welcome, free to attend!








Scholars consider the end points of their disciplines (opinion) 07/26/2023

Read about the new book featured in INSIDEHIGHERED.COM edited by Rhodes College Associate Professor English, Seth Rudy, and UC Santa Barbara Associate Professor of English, Rachael Scarborough King,

Scholars consider the end points of their disciplines (opinion) What are the end points of our disciplines—and when, if ever, could we be done? Seth Rudy and Rachael Scarborough King argue these are questions worth asking.

Rhodes College Complete Profile | Best College 2023 07/21/2023

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