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    Welcome to the Harvard English Department

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    Creative Writing Workshops

    Workshop applications for Fall 2021 are due by 11:59pm EST on Sunday, August 22. 

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We, as a department, as scholars, teachers, students, and staff, are committed to holding up our community, past and present, to the light of recent events, specifically the movement for racial justice. We will take what immediate actions we can, as we also consider the courses, colloquia, and public talks and reading the Department is running now or planning for the future. In addition, we shall reassess our hiring and admissions practices, our scholarship and pedagogy, our advising of students, and our relationships with the wider community.

BLACK LIVES MATTER

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Undergraduates

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Graduate Students

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Creative Writing

The English Department is proud to house Harvard’s creative writing program. The vital presence of creative writing in the department is reflected by our many distinguished authors who offer small, intensive workshops each term in fiction, poetry, nonfiction, screenwriting, playwriting, and television writing. Concentrators may also apply to work on a year-long creative senior thesis with our faculty.

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Upcoming Events

2021 Nov 11

Graduate Symposium: "The Climate of Literature"

(All day)

Location: 

Sever Hall 113

We are pleased to announce this year's Fall Graduate Symposium theme: "The Climate of Literature." 

The Fall Graduate Symposium is an annual department event at which graduate students and a visiting keynote speaker present work on a shared theme. The event is an opportunity for students and faculty to come together, discussing questions that transcend periods and fields.

This year's symposium will be held on Thursday, November 11 and Friday, November 12. Events will include a keynote address by Professor Min Hyoung Song (Boston College) and a series of...

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Featured Faculty

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Deidre Shauna Lynch

Harvard College Professor
Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Literature
Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education: B.A. Hons., University of British Columbia (1983)
A.M., Ph.D., Stanford University (1992)

Interests: Eighteenth-century and Romantic-...

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Office: Barker 145

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Office Hours: In Barker 145, but really in the Barker Center courtyard if the weather is fine, each Monday from 4:30-5:30 p.m., each Tuesday from 2-3 p.m.; also on Zoom, each Thursday from 3-4 p.m. Also by appointment.
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Arts and Humanities Division

Arts and Humanities Division

The Division seeks to optimize both the ability of its faculty to pursue knowledge through the study of the arts and humanities and the opportunity of its students to share in that pursuit. 

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Child Memorial Library

Child Memorial Library

Named for Francis James Child, Harvard's first Professor of English, Child Memorial Library is the English Department research library. 

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Faculty Bookshelf

Explore our faculty's publications and discover their many research interests and creative works.

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