• The faculty and staff of the Department of English and the Film and Television Studies Program take great pride in our students’ commitment to honest intellectual inquiry, in their creativity, and in their active participation in an academic community it is our life’s work to nurture and sustain. Our students challenge us, delight us, and inspire us to stretch ourselves intellectually and to reach as high as we can in our own scholarly and creative work. This spring we have seen our students rise intrepidly to the many challenges entailed by the pandemic and the University’s resort to remote instruction, and we are even prouder than we would have otherwise been of their persistence and engagement.

    We hope visitors to this site will join us in celebrating our 2020 graduates and our annual award winners. We couldn’t be prouder of them! And we invite continuing and new students and graduates alike (and all alumni) to join us in English/FTS at the Curbside, an informal, free summer program of pop-up "curbside" offerings of literary sustenance, a takeout menu of just-for-fun, online literary gatherings—readings and screenings and discussions of the things we're reading and writing and watching that renew our hope in art and each other (look for more news on this in June). Be well, everyone, and, again, warm congratulations from all of us to our graduates and award winners!

    Dan Fogel Professor and Chair of the English Department

  • Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Winner Emily Bernard 2020

    Congratulations to Emily Bernard who was named one of the coveted Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Winners of 2020. Each winner receives $200,000 in philanthropic support for high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. Brown University President Emeritus Vartan Gregorian noted that this year's 27 fellowships were selected from 322 nominations. The program seeks to include emerging and established scholars from across the country.

    Bernard won for a proposal titled “Unfinished Women,” a proposed collection of eight narrative nonfiction essays about black women artists and public figures. A meditation on the notion of success itself, the book will explore the experiences of black women whose lives don’t conform to the triumphalism that characterizes typical American success narratives, according to Bernard.

  • "I am a tributary of something greater," wrote poet Major Jackson in his new book, The Absurd Man. The poem, called "Double View of the Adirondacks as Reflected Over Lake Champlain From Waterfront Park," is about the perspective found in considering the lake and the mountains. But in the age of a pandemic and social distancing, it could just as easily be an ode to community, a reminder of purpose and an answer to the question: What is the point of these sacrifices? Read the full article here.
     

  • Telling Stories that Matter

    “My experience at VT Digger has given me real-world, fast paced reporting experience and the staff has helped me with my writing...”

    Read more about the new reporting and documentary storytelling minor >>

  • Impacting a much bigger picture

    Race, trauma and family unfold in Professor Emily Bernard’s new book Black is the Body.

    Read the full story >>

  • New Deadline for the Accelerated Master's Program

    The Accelerated Master's Program in English now has two deadlines! Juniors can apply to the program October 1st (for Spring semester entry) or February 1st (for Fall semester entry).

  • Ready. Set. Write!

    Thirty days, 50,000 words. Students in Maria Hummel's section of English 114 tackle National Novel Writing Month, with guidance from the assistant professor, who is a ’94 UVM grad and three-time novelist.
    (Photo: Bear Cieri)

  • Researcher, Writer and Producer

    UVM senior and English major, Sarah Evans, writes play on nation's first female mayor.

  • A Conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates

    Thousands gathered to hear a conversation between English Professor Major Jackson and celebrated author Ta-Nehisi Coates on election night, Nov. 6 2018. (Photo: Sally McCay)

  • Alison Bechdel paints canvas while in residence at UVM Flevming

    Cartoonist Alison Bechdel Drawing From Life

    Sharing work with the UVM Fleming Museum and graphic novel expertise with students in the English Department

  • Books of Antiquity on American and English literature.

    Careers in English

    Learn more about what careers an English graduate can expect.

  • Minor in Writing

    Serious about success? A writing minor can help diversify your resume and stand out to future employers by having excellent writing and communication skills!

A message from Chair of the English Department, Professor Dan Fogel                                      

 

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Emily Bernard named an Andrew Carnegie Fellow for 2020

Congratulations to Emily Bernard who was named one of the coveted Andrew Carnegie Fellows Program Winners of 2020. Each winner receives $200,000 in philanthropic support for high-caliber scholarly research in the humanities and social sciences that addresses important and enduring issues confronting our society. Brown University President Emeritus Vartan Gregorian noted that this year's 27 fellowships were selected from 322 nominations. The program seeks to include emerging and established scholars from across the country.

Professor Emily Bernard has won the prestigious Christopher Isherwood Prize for autobiographical prose in the Los Angeles Times 2020 Book Prizes competition for her 2019 book, “Black Is the Body.” (02-20-2020)

Alumna Alexandria Hall '15 was named one of five winners of the 2019 National Poetry Series Open Competition. (8-26-19)

Shanti Boyle '21 has an internship with the Smithsonian American Art Museum. (7-16-19)

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Film and Television Studies

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Housed in the English Department, Film and Television Studies offers both a major and a minor. Courses explore everything from the aesthetic to the art of television and film. Learn more about the Film and Television Studies program.

Accelerated MA Program

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Earn a Master’s Degree identical to our standard two-year MA on an accelerated timeline by beginning the work before graduating from UVM.  Normally a Bachelors degree and a Masters degree takes six years.  In the Accelerated Master’s Program (AMP) you can earn both degrees in five years, saving both time and tuition dollars.

Study Abroad Opportunities

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Expand your college experience and your horizons by studying abroad! Continue your studies overseas with the English department, we offer several opportuntities for students such as: