Welcome to English at Dickinson College.
We are readers and writers
who study the wide, rich variety of English-language texts-- from an epic by
John Milton to a sonnet by Gwendolyn Brooks; from a novel by Jane Austen to a
graphic narrative by Art Spiegelman; from a sixteenth-century tragedy by
Shakespeare to a twenty-first-century film by Terrence Malick.
work to analyze these texts through multiple lenses: historical, cultural,
biographical, linguistic, theoretical, psychological and political. This work
sharpens our skills as independent, critical thinkers and articulate, cogent
writers, as we strive to explain our own ideas clearly and understand others'
ideas well. This work supports creativity
and reason as mutually nurturing habits of mind.
The skills we
practice help our graduates
to flourish in a variety of professions and vocations. These values we hold mark
our community from first-year introductory courses
to senior-year thesis
workshops. Inside and outside of the classroom, in courses, readings,
publications, and special
events, we nourish our view of literature as an ever-growing, ever-changing,
and ever-challenging tradition.
Engaging and extending this tradition
will help us to live thoughtful, examined, and creative lives. Long after the
last paper is written and course credit recorded, reading and writing continue
to give us the imaginative space Thoreau found at Walden-- the space where, in
his words, he learned how "to live deliberately."
News and Events
children's-book editor Martha Mihalick '01 tells students how she turned a
passion into a thriving literary career.