English Literature

Explore the English Narrative

Immerse yourself in the written word. Explore cultures and experiences through European, British and American authors. Discover Great Plains authors and delve into multiethnic stories and dramatic literature. Learn to critique and analyze fiction, poetry and drama by internationally known authors. 

What jobs can you do with a
English literature degree?

Grow your knowledge of literature and make yourself an asset for an employer.
Enjoy positions after college in roles such as:

Book editor or reviewer 

Publishing house or magazine editor 

Writer or journalist  


English Literature Courses

Open the world of English and American authors. Dive into classics and expand your repertoire of stories with these classes.

ENG 201 Intro to Literary Analysis

3 Hours
This course introduces students to the fundamentals of literary study, including critical terms, and focuses on contemporary world literature with equal proportions of Western and non-Western work. Students will discuss fiction, poetry and drama by internationally known authors.

ENG 205 British Literature I


ENG 206 British Literature II


ENG 223 American Literature


ENG 226 Literature of European Civilization


ENG 313 Great Plains Literature


ENG 315 Women Writers

3 Hours
English 315 examines the development of 20th- and 21st- century poetry, essays, novels, and stories written by women. We will ask how women writers respond to, interpret and extend dominant modes of modern and contemporary literature in English in order to explore themes of gender, ethnicity and culture. This course includes a variety of works in English (British and American) by women writers and introduces critical approaches to interpreting their works.

ENG 316 Contemporary World Literature

3 Hours
This course examines 20th-and 21st-century fiction, nonfiction and poetry by authors from, living in, or writing about places other than the United States. Students will consider cultural, historical, aesthetic and linguistic perspectives as they read, analyze and discuss texts from around the world.

ENG 323 Shakespeare

3 Hours
Introducing the life and works of Shakespeare, this course concentrates on the plays, emphasizing the development of central themes, the use of different genres, the decisions involved in production and the cultural background of the Renaissance.

ENG 460 Creative Writing Capstone

6 Hours
The student will develop a topic and create a research plan and schedule in consultation with the department. The student will present and defend the topic to peers and selected DWU faculty. Creative writing students will prepare and publish a manuscript, which will be housed in the McGovern Library.

Get to Know Your Professors

Learn from the best! Our low student-to-teacher ratio offers valuable one-on-one interaction with professors.

Barbara Duffey, Ph.D.

Professor of English

Derric Ludens, M.A.

Assistant Professor of English

Vince Redder, Ph.D.

Professor in the Department of English and Languages | Dean of the College of Arts and Humanities

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