Guide for Concentrators

Concentration Requirements

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Declare English

Declare English

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Creative Writing

Creative Writing

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Welcome from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

stephanie burt

Welcome to the English Department! In this department we both engage with literature from the past and, as the academic home at Harvard for creative writing, make the literature of the future. We think and write about the multitude of artful, musical, moving ways in which people have used words, whether in riddles and monster stories written more than a thousand years ago, or in the public writing, journalism, poems, novels, and graphic novels of our own moment. We study how literature has been used not only to represent the world but also to reimagine and remake it. We study, that is, the resources for hope, the visions of social justice, that can be found inside books, and we hope you will want to discover those with us. We firmly believe that Harvard and the world would be better places if more people read more books and educated their imaginations.

We are proud of our history of helping Harvard alums become published authors and critics and distinguished scholars of literary and cultural history. You can also find our alums in bookstores, publishing companies, and schools, as well as in politics, in law, and on TV.

We are here for you if you want to do a deep dive with your favorite author; but we also hope to introduce you to new authors and forms of expression. And you don’t have to apply to be an English concentrator to take our classes. Please come meet our teachers, read and write with us, and discover what you like.

- Professor Deidre Lynch

Undergraduate Calendar

A Student's Perspective

Program Administration


Darcy Frey

Paul and Catherine Buttenwieser Director of Creative Writing

Education: B.A., Oberlin College (1984)

Interests: Narrative journalism; essay; memoir; travel writing; literary science writing.


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Office: Lamont Library 406
p: 617 495-2103
Office Hours: By appointment
deidre lynch

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

Zoom Office:
Meeting ID: 254 706 3872

p: 617-384-9336
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.

Derek Miller

John L. Loeb Associate Professor of the Humanities
Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies

Education: B.A., Yale University (2004)
Ph.D., Stanford University (2013)

Interests: Theater History; Copyright; Law and Performance; Economics...

Read more about Derek Miller
Office: Barker 071
p: 617-496-5366
Office Hours: In-person (Barker 071) office hours from 3-5 on Wednesdays and online office hours by appointment.
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Undergraduate Program Newsletter

The Word, Winter 2018

The Word, Spring 2018

The Word, Winter 2017