University of California, Berkeley

About the Program

Bachelor of Arts (BA)

The major in English is designed to introduce students to the history of literature written in English, to acquaint them with a variety of historical periods and geographical and cultural regions of English language and writing, to create an awareness of methods and theories of literary and cultural analysis, and to provide continued training in critical writing.

Entry-level Writing Requirement

Students must have fulfilled the Entry Level Writing Requirement before taking any course in the Department of English. For further information, see the information contained in the Undergraduate Education section of this Guide.

Declaring the Major

Before declaring the major, students must have completed the Reading and Composition requirement of the College of Letters and Science, two declaration requirements, and have completed at least 30 units. For further information on major requirements, please see the Major Requirements tab on this page.

Honors Program

ENGLISH H195A-ENGLISH H195B is a two-semester course, graded IP at the end of the first semester. Honors in English cannot be granted without the successful completion of this course. Students who take ENGLISH H195A-ENGLISH H195B may choose to waive their ENGLISH 190 requirement. ENGLISH H195A is organized as a course in literary criticism working toward the formation of a thesis topic. ENGLISH H195B will include regular meetings with the thesis adviser plus small group meetings with the H195 instructor. During the second semester, each student will write an honors thesis of 40-60 pages. Completion of the thesis is required for a passing grade in the course. Students with an overall GPA of 3.51 or higher and a GPA of 3.65 or higher in courses taken at Berkeley for the English major are eligible to apply. Those accepted must enroll in ENGLISH H195A for the fall semester of their senior year. There may be more than one section offered per semester.

Minor Program

Students may register for the English minor once they have declared another major and completed one upper division course in the English department.  At that time, students should fill out a Minor Registration Card to be kept on file in the Department of English Office. After completing the five courses or during their final semester at UC Berkeley, students should complete the Completion of the L&S Minor petition, have it reviewed by their major adviser and turn it in the English department.

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Major Requirements


General Guidelines

  1. All courses taken to fulfill the major requirements must be taken for graded credit. Exceptions to this requirement (for elective courses only) are noted below.
  2. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs, with the exception of minors offered outside of the College of Letters & Science.
  3. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 must be maintained in both upper and lower division courses used to fulfill the major requirements.

For information regarding residence requirements and unit requirements, please see the College Requirements tab.

Major Requirements

Foundational Courses
Literature in English: Through Milton [4] 1
Literature in English: The Late-17th through the Mid-19th Century [4] 1
Literature in English: The Mid-19th through the Mid-20th Century [4] 1
Select one course in Shakespeare: 2
Shakespeare [4]
Shakespeare [4]
Shakespeare [4]
Shakespeare [4]
Shakespeare [4]
Pre-1800 Course 3, 4
Select one upper division course in British, American, or Anglophone literature from an historical period before 1800; standard course offerings that meet this requirement include the following:
Introduction to Old English [4]
Anglo-Saxon England [4]
Medieval Literature [4]
Chaucer [4]
Middle English Literature [4]
English Drama [4]
English Drama [4]
The English Renaissance [4]
The English Renaissance [4]
Milton [4]
Literature of the Restoration and Early Eighteenth Century [4]
Literature of the Later 18th Century [4]
The English Novel [4]
American Literature: Before 1800 [4]
Seminar Course
ENGLISH 90Practices of Literary Study4
ENGLISH 100The Seminar on Criticism4
Select one of the following:
Research Seminar [4]
Honors Course
and Honors Course
Elective Courses
Select five courses from the offerings of the English department 5

With approval and in consultation with a major adviser, the ENGLISH 45A/ENGLISH 45B/ENGLISH 45C requirements may be satisfied by substituting for each course two appropriate upper division courses. To meet the ENGLISH 45B and ENGLISH 45C requirements, one course equivalent must be in American literature and one must be in British literature in the appropriate historical periods. Any and all courses used to satisfy the ENGLISH 45A/ENGLISH 45B/ENGLISH 45C requirements must be taken for a letter grade.


Students may not use ENGLISH 117T to satisfy this requirement.


ENGLISH 107, any Shakespeare course, or a course outside of the department that does not include a substantial amount of literature in English may not be used to fulfill this requirement.


Certain designated sections of ENGLISH 190 or other courses may satisfy this requirement if designated as such by the instructor. Please consult the department's announcement of classes for current offerings.


Two of the five elective courses may be taken Pass/No Pass.  This includes ENGLISH 98, ENGLISH 98BCENGLISH 99ENGLISH 198, ENGLISH 198BC, and ENGLISH 199. Students may use up to 4 units of these independent study courses to satisfy the elective requirements.

Additional Information

  1. Internships: Students wishing to receive academic credit for an internship must coordinate with an English Department faculty member who agrees to sponsor an independent study course (99/199) based on the internship. Students should provide the faculty member with official documentation from their internship employers. Credit is based on completion of critical or creative work on a topic related to the internship. No more than 2 units will be awarded per internship. Please note that students must register for Summer Session, session C, for summer internships.
  2. Extra-Departmental Course Work: The options below are provided for enrichment and flexibility, not to replace regular semester courses within the department. Students approved to use two or more courses toward the English major from Education Abroad Programs (EAP) will not be permitted to count additional upper division course work from other UC Berkeley departments. With the exception of two UC Berkeley English Department summer courses, all of the following must be approved by a major advisor and recorded on the student's major record card.
  • Summer Session Courses: Two 4-unit Summer Session courses taken at UC Berkeley may be counted toward the major, one of which must be taken through the English department. One of these courses may be taken at another institution with approval. This includes courses taken through Education Abroad Programs. Courses taken through the English department at UC Berkeley during Summer Sessions do not require major advisor approval. For courses taken elsewhere (or outside the major, see below), students must petition for approval by providing documentation, including a course syllabus and a transcript showing the completion of the course. A course taken elsewhere during the summer may only satisfy an elective for the major.
  • Courses taken outside the department: With the approval of a major adviser, students may count up to two upper division courses in departments other than English for the major. Only one such course may be taken during the summer. Students will submit a Petition for Approval of a Course Taken Outside the Department to a major adviser. This form can be found at the front desk in 319 Wheeler Hall. The student's request for course approval will include a course syllabus and a compelling intellectual rationale, one that explains how the student's work for the English major will be enriched through the inclusion of the particular outside course the student wishes to include. There is no preapproved list of courses. For possible courses outside English, consult the listings for anthropology, Celtic studies, comparative literature, ethnic studies, history, linguistics, philosophy, rhetoric, women's studies, etc.
  • Education Abroad Programs: A faculty major adviser determines credit toward the major for coursework completed through an Education Abroad Program on a case-by-case basis. Students should submit documentation (e.g., course descriptions, syllabi, completed exams, papers, and other written work) to demonstrate that the education abroad course is comparable in coverage, rigor, and substance to a UC Berkeley upper division course. This could include up to two education abroad literature courses in a foreign language. Although there is no official limit on the number of courses transferred from education abroad programs, generally two courses will be counted easily. Closer scrutiny will be given to subsequent course work. Only one summer course taken abroad may be approved for use towards the major. Although the major adviser determines the number of courses approved for use towards the major, the College of Letters & Science makes the final determination of unit credit for any and all courses taken abroad.
  • Online and Extension courses: Only one UC Berkeley Extension or on-line course may be counted toward the major. No UC Berkeley Extension or on-line course may be used to satisfy a core requirement for the major: ENGLISH 45A/ENGLISH 45B/ENGLISH 45C (or their upper division equivalents), Shakespeare, the Pre-1800 course, or the seminar requirement. To count toward the major, UC Berkeley Extension or on-line courses must be comparable in coverage, rigor, and substance to department courses. Students seeking to count a UC Berkeley Extension or online course toward the major should submit course materials and other relevant documentation to an English department major adviser or to the director of undergraduate studies.

Minor Requirements

Students who have a strong interest in an area of study outside their major often decide to complete a minor program. These programs have set requirements and are noted officially on the transcript in the memoranda section, but they are not noted on diplomas.

General Guidelines

  1. All minors must be declared no later than one semester before a student's Expected Graduation Term (EGT). If the semester before EGT is fall or spring, the deadline is the last day of RRR week. If the semester before EGT is summer, the deadline is the final Friday of Summer Sessions. To declare a minor, contact the department advisor for information on requirements, and the declaration process.
  2. All courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements below must be taken for graded credit.
  3. A minimum of three of the upper division courses taken to fulfill the minor requirements must be completed at UC Berkeley.
  4. A minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0 is required for courses used to fulfill the minor requirements.
  5. Courses used to fulfill the minor requirements may be applied toward the Seven-Course Breadth requirement, for Letters & Science students.
  6. No more than one upper division course may be used to simultaneously fulfill requirements for a student's major and minor programs.
  7. All minor requirements must be completed prior to the last day of finals during the semester in which you plan to graduate. If you cannot finish all courses required for the minor by that time, please see a College of Letters & Science adviser.
  8. All minor requirements must be completed within the unit ceiling. (For further information regarding the unit ceiling, please see the College Requirements tab.)


Upper Division
Select five upper division English Literature courses

Additional Guidelines

  1. With the approval of a minor advisor, students may take up to two courses outside the Berkeley English department (e.g. in other departments, other academic institutions, and education abroad programs). Students will submit a Petition for Approval of a Course Taken Outside the Department to a minor adviser.  This form can be found at the front desk in 319 Wheeler Hall. The student’s request for course approval will include a course syllabus and a compelling intellectual rationale, one that explains how the student’s work for the English minor will be enriched through the inclusion of the particular outside course the student wishes to take. There is no pre-approved list of courses.
  2. Only one Summer Session course taken at UC Berkeley may be counted toward the minor.
  3. Creative Writing courses in the English department do not count toward the minor.

College Requirements

Undergraduate students must fulfill the following requirements in addition to those required by their major program.

For detailed lists of courses that fulfill college requirements, please review the College of Letters & Sciences page in this Guide. For College advising appointments, please visit the L&S Advising Pages. 

University of California Requirements

Entry Level Writing

All students who will enter the University of California as freshmen must demonstrate their command of the English language by fulfilling the Entry Level Writing requirement. Fulfillment of this requirement is also a prerequisite to enrollment in all reading and composition courses at UC Berkeley. 

American History and American Institutions

The American History and Institutions requirements are based on the principle that a US resident graduated from an American university, should have an understanding of the history and governmental institutions of the United States.

Berkeley Campus Requirement

American Cultures

All undergraduate students at Cal need to take and pass this course in order to graduate. The requirement offers an exciting intellectual environment centered on the study of race, ethnicity and culture of the United States. AC courses offer students opportunities to be part of research-led, highly accomplished teaching environments, grappling with the complexity of American Culture.

College of Letters & Science Essential Skills Requirements

Quantitative Reasoning

The Quantitative Reasoning requirement is designed to ensure that students graduate with basic understanding and competency in math, statistics, or computer science. The requirement may be satisfied by exam or by taking an approved course.

Foreign Language

The Foreign Language requirement may be satisfied by demonstrating proficiency in reading comprehension, writing, and conversation in a foreign language equivalent to the second semester college level, either by passing an exam or by completing approved course work.

Reading and Composition

In order to provide a solid foundation in reading, writing, and critical thinking the College requires two semesters of lower division work in composition in sequence. Students must complete parts A & B reading and composition courses in sequential order by the end of their fourth semester.

College of Letters & Science 7 Course Breadth Requirements

Breadth Requirements

The undergraduate breadth requirements provide Berkeley students with a rich and varied educational experience outside of their major program. As the foundation of a liberal arts education, breadth courses give students a view into the intellectual life of the University while introducing them to a multitude of perspectives and approaches to research and scholarship. Engaging students in new disciplines and with peers from other majors, the breadth experience strengthens interdisciplinary connections and context that prepares Berkeley graduates to understand and solve the complex issues of their day.

Unit Requirements

  • 120 total units

  • Of the 120 units, 36 must be upper division units

  • Of the 36 upper division units, 6 must be taken in courses offered outside your major department
Residence Requirements

For units to be considered in "residence," you must be registered in courses on the Berkeley campus as a student in the College of Letters & Science. Most students automatically fulfill the residence requirement by attending classes here for four years. In general, there is no need to be concerned about this requirement, unless you go abroad for a semester or year or want to take courses at another institution or through UC Extension during your senior year. In these cases, you should make an appointment to meet an adviser to determine how you can meet the Senior Residence Requirement.

Note: Courses taken through UC Extension do not count toward residence.

Senior Residence Requirement

After you become a senior (with 90 semester units earned toward your BA degree), you must complete at least 24 of the remaining 30 units in residence in at least two semesters. To count as residence, a semester must consist of at least 6 passed units. Intercampus Visitor, EAP, and UC Berkeley-Washington Program (UCDC) units are excluded.

You may use a Berkeley Summer Session to satisfy one semester of the Senior Residence requirement, provided that you successfully complete 6 units of course work in the Summer Session and that you have been enrolled previously in the college.

Modified Senior Residence Requirement

Participants in the UC Education Abroad Program (EAP), Berkeley Summer Abroad, or the UC Berkeley Washington Program (UCDC) may meet a Modified Senior Residence requirement by completing 24 (excluding EAP) of their final 60 semester units in residence. At least 12 of these 24 units must be completed after you have completed 90 units.

Upper Division Residence Requirement

You must complete in residence a minimum of 18 units of upper division courses (excluding UCEAP units), 12 of which must satisfy the requirements for your major.

Plan of Study


Students are encouraged to familiarize themselves with the English major requirements before making a program plan. For more detailed information regarding the courses listed below (e.g., elective information, GPA requirements, etc.), see the College Requirements and Major Requirements tabs.

First Year
L&S Breadth4Lower Division English Elective (Arts & Literature Breadth)4
Reading & Composition A4Reading & Composition B4
L&S Breadth4American Cultures Requirement4
Lower Division Elective3L&S Breadth3
 15 15
Second Year
L&S Breadth4ENGLISH 45C4
L&S Breadth4L&S Breadth3
Lower Division Elective3Lower Division Elective4
 15 15
Third Year
Shakespeare English Course4Upper Division English Elective4
Upper Division English Elective4Upper Division L&S Non-Major Department Elective3
Lower or Upper Division Elective3Lower or Upper Division Elective4
 15 15
Fourth Year
Pre-1800 English Course4ENGLISH 1904
Upper Division English Elective4Upper Division English Elective4
Upper Division L&S Department Elective4Lower or Upper Division Elective4
Upper Division L&S Non-Major Department Elective3Lower or Upper Division Elective3
 15 15
Total Units: 120


• This is a sample program plan. This plan assumes that the student has completed the Entry Level Writing, American History and Institutions, Quantitative Reasoning, and Foreign Language requirements prior to admission.

• Students are strongly advised to work with an academic adviser to determine a personal program plan. Your program plan will differ depending on previous credit received, your course schedule, and available offerings.

Accelerated Program Plans

For students considering graduating in less than four years, it's important to acknowledge the reasons to undertake such a plan of study. While there are advantages to pursuing a three-year degree plan such as reducing financial burdens, they are not for everyone and do involve sacrifices; especially with respect to participating in co-curricular activities, depth of study,  and summer internships, which typically lead to jobs upon graduation. All things considered, please see the tables for three and three and a half year degree options.

3.5 Year Plan

3 Year Plan


Student Learning Goals


The study of literature is not about canonical books or established facts, but about a process of interpretation and analysis, a process that begins in the classroom and develops over a lifetime. Upon completion of a BA degree in English, students should have well-developed writing and research skills as well as the ability to assess and appreciate language and literature in both professional and personal realms.

Learning Goals for the Major

  1. Identify historical periods of literature in English ( US, Britain, and Anglophone).
  2. Recognize and understand a variety of genres and modes of writing (the novel, poetic forms, short fiction, autobiography, etc.).
  3. Become conversant with key literary terms and theories.
  4. Develop an understanding of literature in interdisciplinary and multicultural contexts.


  1. Demonstrate the ability to give a close reading or explication of a text.
  2. Develop the ability to interpret and analyze literary texts and to articulate that in both writing and speaking.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of the philosophical, cultural, social, and historical influences on the creation of literary art.
  4. Formulate a well-organized, well-supported argument.
  5. Develop research skills in the library and online.
  6. Demonstrate the ability to write clear critical essays, based on close reading of primary texts and secondary sources.
  7. Observe ethical and precise citation practices.
  8. For some, write well in creative modes: fiction, non-fiction, poetry.

Major Map

Major Maps help undergraduate students discover academic, co-curricular, and discovery opportunities at UC Berkeley based on intended major or field of interest. Developed by the Division of Undergraduate Education in collaboration with academic departments, these experience maps will help you:

  • Explore your major and gain a better understanding of your field of study

  • Connect with people and programs that inspire and sustain your creativity, drive, curiosity and success

  • Discover opportunities for independent inquiry, enterprise, and creative expression

  • Engage locally and globally to broaden your perspectives and change the world

  • Reflect on your academic career and prepare for life after Berkeley

Use the major map below as a guide to planning your undergraduate journey and designing your own unique Berkeley experience.

View the English Major Map PDF.



Faculty and Instructors

* Indicates this faculty member is the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award.


* Elizabeth Abel, Professor. Feminist theory, psychoanalysis, Virginia Woolf, race and gender.
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Oliver Arnold, Associate Professor. Drama, Renaissance and Early Modern.
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Sukanya Banerjee, Associate Professor. 19th-century British literature, South Asian literature, critical theory, cultural studies, narrative and the novel.

Stephen Michael Best, Professor. Film, English literature, African American literature, literary culture, legal culture.
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C. D. Blanton, Associate Professor. Modernism, modern poetry, 19th- and 20th-century British literature, aesthetic and critical theory.
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Vikram Chandra, Teaching Professor. Creative writing.

John Alba Cutler, Associate Professor. US Latino/a/x literatures, with special emphasis on modernism, poetry, and print culture.
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Mark D. Danner, Professor. Central America, politics, Balkans, foreign affairs, journalism, Haiti, documentaries.
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* Kathleen Donegan, Associate Professor. Colonial America, early America, Native America, early Caribbean.
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* Ian Duncan, Professor. English, the novel, British literature 1750-1900, Scottish literature, history and theory of fiction, Scottish enlightenment/romanticism, Scott, literature and the human sciences, Darwin.
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* Nadia Ellis, Associate Professor. Black diaspora literature and culture, queer studies, the city.
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Eric Falci, Professor. 20th-Century Irish and British literature, contemporary Irish and British poetry, poetry and music.
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Catherine Flynn, Associate Professor. Modernism, Irish, British, comparative literature, critical theory, Avant-Gardes, James Joyce, Flann O'Brien.
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Anne-Lise Francois, Associate Professor. Popular culture, English, comparative literature, the modern period, comparative romanticisms, lyric poetry, the psychological novel, novel of manners, gender, critical theory, literature, philosophy, fashion.
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Joshua Gang, Associate Professor. 20th- and 21st-century British literature, literature and the sciences of mind, literature and the history of philosophy (especially mind and language), modernism, contemporary literature, literary history, literary theory and criticism.
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Cecil S. Giscombe, Professor. Creative writing.

Mark A. Goble, Associate Professor. 21st century British literature, narrative and the novel, critical theory, film, 19th, 20th, and 21st century American literature, poetry.
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* Steven Goldsmith, Professor. 19th-century British literature, critical theory, poetry.
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Amanda Jo Goldstein, Associate Professor. Poetry, 18th- and 19th-Century British Literature, Critical Theory.
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* Kevis Goodman, Associate Professor. 18th-century and Romantic British literature, Milton, literature and the history of science, especially medicine .
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Dorothy J. Hale, Professor. English literature, American literature, the novel, narrative theory, critical theory, Henry James, William Faulkner, the modern novel of consciousness.
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Kristin Hanson, Professor. Linguistics, English, poetry, meter, rhyme, and alliteration, phonological theory, English grammar and usage.
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Donna V. Jones, Associate Professor. Critical theory, English, modernism, literature and philosophy, literature of the Americas, literature of the African Diaspora, postcolonial literature and theory, narrative and historiography.
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Victoria Kahn, Professor. Rhetoric, comparative literature, Renaissance literature, poetics, early modern political theory, the Frankfurt School.
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David Landreth, Associate Professor. English Renaissance literature 1500-1660.
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Celeste Langan, Associate Professor. English, romantic poetry, 19th century literature, Wordsworth, Carlyle, Hardy, Rousseau, the French Revolution, Marxist theory, literature and the social sciences.
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Grace Lavery, Associate Professor. 19th-century British literature, pacific literature, cultural studies, critical theory, gender and sexual studies .
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Steven Sunwoo Lee, Associate Professor. Twentieth-century American literature, comparative ethnic studies, diaspora, Soviet and post-Soviet studies.
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Andrew Leong, Assistant Professor. Asian American and Transnational Asian Literatures and Cultures.
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Colleen Lye, Associate Professor. Postcolonial theory, critical theory, cultural studies, Asian American literature, 20th and 21st century literature, world literature.
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David Marno, Associate Professor. Renaissance and Early Modern literature, drama, poetry, critical theory .

Fiona McFarlane, Associate Professor. Creative writing, the novel, the short story.

Jennifer Miller, Associate Professor. English, philology, paleography, hagiography, medieval literature, literature in old and middle English, historiography, medieval rhetorical culture, insular political relations, multilingualism, translation and textual transmission, dialectology.
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Maura Bridget Nolan, Associate Professor. Chaucer, drama, Middle English literature, Gower, Lydgate, medieval, 16th century, literary form, style.
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Geoffrey O'Brien, Professor. Modernism, creative writing, 20th and 21st century poetry and poetics.
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Samuel Otter, Professor. African American literature, 19th-century American literature, 17th- and 18th-century American literature, Herman Melville, race in American culture, literature and history, discourse and ideology, close reading.
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Beth Piatote, Associate Professor. Native American/Indigenous literature, history, law and culture; Global Indigenous Literature; Native American visual art; American literature and cultural studies; Nez Perce language and literature; indigenous language revitalization; creative writing.
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* Joanna M. Picciotto, Associate Professor. 18th-century British literature, Renaissance and Earley Modern literature .
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* Kent Puckett, Professor. The novel, nineteenth-century British literature and literary theory, sociability, psychoanalysis and affect .
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Poulomi Saha, Associate Professor. South Asian literature, critical theory, Asian American literature, gender and sexuality studies, cultural studies .

Scott Andrew Saul, Professor. English, African American studies, 20th century American literature and culture, performance studies, jazz studies, histories of the avante-garde.
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Katherine Snyder, Associate Professor. 19th- through 21st-century Literature in English, narrative and the novel, gender studies, post-traumatic and post-apocalyptic fiction.
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Janet Linda Sorensen, Professor. 18th-century British literature .

Elisa C. Tamarkin, Professor. American literature to 1900.
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James G. Turner, Professor. Gender, sexuality, 16th-18th-Century English, Italian and French literature, art and literature, 17th-Century political writing, landscape and the city, Enlightenment materialism, sexuality in Renaissance Italian art and Antiquity .
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Bryan Wagner, Professor. Critical theory, African American literature, historiography.
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Dora Zhang, Associate Professor. Critical theory, linguistics, narrative and the novel, 20th and 21st century Britain.
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Melanie Abrams, Continuing Lecturer.

Hilton Als, Senior Lecturer SOE.
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Thomas Farber, Senior Lecturer.

John Shoptaw, Continuing Lecturer.

Emeritus Faculty

Charles F. Altieri, Professor Emeritus. Literature and the visual arts, Wittgenstein, Modern American poetry, Contemporary American poetry, history of aesthetic philosophy.
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Joel B. Altman, Professor Emeritus. Rhetoric, Shakespeare, English renaissance, Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, history of literary theory.
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Julia Bader, Professor Emeritus. Comedy, English novel, modern American literature, women writers, feminist criticism .
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Ann Banfield, Professor Emeritus. Virginia Woolf, the novel, literary and linguistic theory, the industrial novel, recent French literary theory, literature and philosophy .
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Robert Bloom, Professor Emeritus. 20th- and 21st-century British and American literature .

* Mitchell Breitwieser, Professor Emeritus. American literature, philosophy and religion .
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Carol T. Christ, Professor Emeritus. 19th-century British literature .

* Frederick Crews, Professor Emeritus. American literature, modern British literature .

Richard Feingold, Professor Emeritus. 18th-century British literature .

Catherine Gallagher, Professor Emeritus. 19th-century British literature, British novels, Victorian non-fiction prose, British women's literature, history and literature of the Victorians, history of the novel, Victorian popular culture .
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Marcial Gonzalez, Professor Emeritus. Chicano and Chicana literature, twentieth-century American ethnic literatures, theory of the novel, marxism, critical theory, farm worker social movements.
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Robert L. Hass, Professor Emeritus. English, poetry, poetry writing, American poetry, history of the short poem in English, contemporary literature, translation, environmental writing, literature and the environment, the natural history tradition in American writing.
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Lyn Hejinian, Professor Emeritus. English, American literature, poetry writing, translation, modernist and postmodern literature, American postwar experimental literature, Gertrude Stein, the objectivists, language writing, Soviet Russian poetry, small press publishing, feminism.
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Richard Hutson, Professor Emeritus. 19th- 20th-, and 21st- century American literature, critical theory, African American literature, narrative and the novel .
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Abdul R. JanMohamed, Professor Emeritus. Critical theory, theory of subjection, postcolonial literature, culture, and theory, African American fiction, and minority discourse .
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Steven Justice, Professor Emeritus. English, late medieval literature, medieval Latin, Chaucer, hagiography, Latin religious thought, literary criticism.
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Maxine Hong Kingston, Professor Emeritus. Prose writing .

* Georgina Kleege, Professor Emeritus. Disability studies, creative writing.
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* Jeffrey Knapp, Professor Emeritus. Religion, nationalism, theater, English literature, Shakespeare, English renaissance, Spenser, drama, imperialism, epic poetry, authorship, mass entertainment.
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Ojars Kratins, Professor Emeritus. Chaucer, Romance, Arthurian literature, utopian literature, theory and practice of teaching .

Donald McQuade, Professor Emeritus. Advertising, 20th-century American literature and culture, theory and practice of non-fiction, literature and popular culture, the American Renaissance, the essay as literature.
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D.A. Miller, Professor Emeritus. The novel, gay and cultural studies, classic cinema, Hitchcock.
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Alan H. Nelson, Professor Emeritus. History of drama, medieval and Renaissance English literature, English Corpus Christi plays, English morality plays, medieval art and literature, history of staging in the middle ages and renaissance, medieval and early Renaissance paleography .
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John D. Niles, Professor Emeritus. Old English, Scottish literature and poetry .

Katherine O'Brien O'Keeffe, Professor Emeritus. Old English, cultural studies, textual criticism.

Raymond Oliver, Professor Emeritus. Beowulf, history and theory of the short poem, 1200-1900, verse .

Genaro M. Padilla, Professor Emeritus. American literature, Chicano/Latino literary and cultural studies, American autobiography.
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Morton D. Paley, Professor Emeritus. British Romanticism, William Blake, literature and art .
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Carolyn Porter, Professor Emeritus. American literature, American intellectual history, American Renaissance, Faulkner, James, Fitzgerald, Henry Adams, American Literature of the 1930s.
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Ishmael Reed, Professor Emeritus. Short fiction and poetry .

* Hugh M. Richmond, Professor Emeritus. Shakespeare, Theatre, Comparative Literature (European) .
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* Susan Schweik, Professor Emeritus. Feminist theory, cultural studies, English, American poetry, disability studies, 20th-century poetry, literature and politics, war literature.
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Peter Scott, Professor Emeritus. Medieval European literature (especially Latin) before 1300, poetry .

George A. Starr, Professor Emeritus. 18th-century English literary, social and intellectual history, prose style, bibliography and textual criticism, literature of California and the west.
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Hertha D. Sweet Wong, Professor Emeritus. English, American literature, Native American literature, autobiography, ethnic American literature.
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Contact Information

Department of English

322 Wheeler Hall

Phone: 510-642-3467

Fax: 510-642-8738

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Department Chair

Ian Duncan


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Kevis Goodman


Undergraduate Advisor

Emily Cardoza


Undergraduate Advisor

Chloe Keller


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