Department of English

About the Department

Our faculty are distinguished research scholars and writers who publish regularly, receive national recognition for their work, and love to teach.  Our traditionally strong department has had the good fortune to have been joined lately by a diverse group of young scholars whose work dramatizes the global reach of contemporary English studies.  Their research enthusiasms shape and animate their courses, as evidenced in this partial list:
 

  • Manu Chander’s “Global Romanticism,”

 

  • Sadia Abbas’s “Literature and Religion,”

 

  • Belinda Edmondson’s “Caribbean Literature,”

 

  • Laura Lomas’s “Literature of Migration,”

 

  • Patricia Akhimie’s “Race in the Renaissance” and “Comics and Graphic Novels,” and

 

  • Ameer Sohrawardy’s “Shakespeare for the 21st Century.”

 

  • Bruce Franklin, Henry Dana Professor of American Literature , nationally recognized for his work in Science Fiction, prison literature, and the literature of the Vietnam War, has most recently published The Most Important Fish in the Sea and has developed a course on the literature of the marine environment.

 

  • Rachel Hadas , Board of  Governors Professor,  a classicist and poet, lately has translated Euripides, co-edited the definitive anthology The Greek Poets, produced a startling memoir,  Strange Relation,  while regularly publishing poems in The New Yorker,; she has also developed courses in Children’s Literature and the Literature of Medicine.

 

  • Jack Lynch, our eighteenth-century specialist  has published prolifically while also maintaining an acclaimed and much-visited guide to literature web sites (http://newark.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Lit) . He  teaches courses in satire and in gothic fiction. 

 

  • Barbara Foley, an expert in the Harlem Renaissance and recent author of Wrestling with the Left, a study of Ralph Ellison, is reinvigorating the Literature of Protest. 

 
Our undergraduate program, thanks to the emergence of a new and nationally recognized MFA program, has also begun to offer a creative writing minor under the direction of an award-winning group of fiction writers and poets, including:                            
  

  • Jayne Anne Philips , Lark and Termite,  National Book Award finalist,

 

  • Tayari Jones, Leaving Atlanta, 2012 NAACP award for “lifetime achievement,”

 

  • Rigoberto Gonzalez, Black Blossoms, Butterfly Boy, Shelley Prize for Poetry; Lambda Literary Award for Gay Men’s Poetry

 

  • Brenda Shaughnessy, most recent book, Our Andromeda; Human Dark with Sugar, National Book Critics Circle finalist.