About the English Department
The Department of English at New York University studies and teaches English-language literature from all periods and a wide variety of places. We are known for our broad view of the discipline, and understand "literature" to mean writing in all media, and its study to include all the ways in which texts have been produced, re-produced, circulated, and read, along with the modes of classification and the definitions of enjoyment used to understand them. The scholarly methods we employ, and in which we train our students, include close reading, historical and archival research, literary theory, the history of the book, media theory, and cultural analysis. The department awards B.A., M.A., and Ph.D. degrees in literature, and offers M.A. and M.F.A. degrees in creative writing through its affiliated program in that field.
Professors in the English department are the recipients of many national and international fellowships and prizes, including from the Guggenheim Foundation, the Mellon Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the National Humanities Center, the American Comparative Literature Association, the Modern Language Association, and the Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing. Members of the faculty provide intensive mentoring to students in the classroom and in office hours: beyond that we offer lecture series, film screenings, symposia, conferences, and scholarly field colloquia. Our B.A. and M.A. students pursue careers in education, publishing, media, communication, and the arts, or go on to further study in graduate and professional schools; while recent recipients of our Ph.D have taken up faculty positions at schools including Berkeley, Brandeis, Macalester, Middlebury, Toronto, Tulane and Yale.