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    Welcome to the Harvard English Department

    Take a look at this year's course offerings.

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  • Fall 2020 Course Posters

    Fall 2020 Course Posters

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  • Sam Marks Workshop

    Creative Writing Workshops

    Workshop applications for Fall 2020 are due by 11:59pm EST on Wednesday, August 19. 

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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

2020 Oct 30

LitLab: What’s Funny Now?


Humor has often been associated with the assertion of aggression or superiority, at least since Sigmund Freud offered his theory of comedy as a manifestation of unconscious hostility in his work “Jokes and their Relation to the Unconscious,” published in 1905.  But contemporary comedians like Hannah Gadsby are questioning this idea of a necessary relation between violence and comedy, tension and plot, with provocative implications for our understanding of aesthetic canons and their casualties. What is the future for stand-up comedy? How does the situation of comedy today relate to...

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2020 Nov 06

LitLab: Crossing Borders: Literature and Immigration


The remarkable ethnic diversity of the United States is the result of the many generations of immigrants who have settled here. Many people now living in America have parents or grandparents who came from other places; many have recently arrived themselves. This week, we will think about the immigrant experience by reading literature written by those who have lived it. We’ll look at immigration from two angles: the experiences of immigrants from outside North America and the particular challenges of the US/Mexico border. 

Open to the Harvard community. For more...

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2020 Nov 13

LitLab: Harvard Reads: Guest Lectures/Speakers


This week we’ll watch and discuss a public lecture by an important literary figure currently at Harvard. 

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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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