Programs & Journals
A Community of Scholars
The department fosters an intellectual community that extends beyond its walls. The work of faculty and graduate students regularly appear in academic journals and conference proceedings. Some of the cornerstone contributions from faculty in this department include Erika Lindemann's A Rhetoric for Writing Teachers, Joe Viscomi's Blake Archive, and The Literature of the American South: A Norton Anthology, compiled by Trudier Harris, William L. Andrews, Minrose C. Gwin, and Fred Hobson. The department is also home to several peer-reviewed journals, such as American Speech, Studies in Philology and the Keats-Shelley Journal. The Carolina Quarterly claims its title as not only status as the oldest college publication in the country, but also as a completely student-run organization.
The department hosts regular invited lectures, which in the past have included renowned scholars such Charles Altieri, Andrea Lunsford, and Rita Barnard. In addition, the work of graduate students is highlighted in the CoLEAGS Colloquium series.
Programs and Projects
The late Blanche Britt Armfield, a lifelong reader and writer of poetry, took her M.A. in Poetry from UNC in 1928; she believed that English was the language par excellence of poetry because of the number and variety of its vowel sounds. Her generosity has made it possible to bring prominent American poets to the University.
Maintained by Joseph Wittig, the Chaucer Metapage contains a compendium of resources for the study and teaching of Chaucer.
The CRaDL minor in rhetoric, composition, and digital literacy emphasizes both conceptual and practical concerns related to composing and to digital culture and communication. Our courses involve hands-on, communication-intensive work and range from advanced writing classes to courses covering networked and multimedia composition.
The Critical Speaker Series of the Department of English and Comparative Literature features outstanding and innovative scholars in the literary humanities. It showcases their contributions for the larger University community and the public.
This program builds upon our department’s long-standing commitment to the value of a writer-in-residence program that spans over two decades. Through the generosity of the Morgan Writer-in-Residence Program (1993-2012) and the Distinguished Writer-in-Residence Program (2013-2015), our department has brought significant contemporary writers to campus to meet with students and faculty, to visit classes, and to give readings, talks, and symposia. The Frank B. Hanes Writer-in-Residence Program affirms and continues that tradition. It ensures that our students continue to be inspired by interactions with important writers of our time.
The Lilian R. Furst Forum in Comparative Literature is a lecture series organized in 2005 as a graduate student initiative, with financial support from the Department of English & Comparative Literature. The Forum features two kinds of speakers: professional scholars and advanced graduate students.
The Department of English & Comparative Literature is a central hub for the study of cinema and media at UNC-Chapel Hill. We are the only department on campus where students can major in Film & Media Studies. We also administer a popular Global Cinema Minor that is interdisciplinary, in close coordination with other units, including Art & Art History, Asian Studies, American Studies, Communications, Romance Studies, and German & Slavic Languages & Literatures. We program many exciting film-related events on campus each year, including film series with the Ackland Film Forum, and the Triangle Film Salon, a series of presentations featuring scholars and artists.
The newly designed Film & Media Studies Major Concentration in English offers a flexible, wide-ranging curriculum in which students can combine critical analysis and technical creativity. This major focuses on cinema, television, and digital media. Students can explore relations between film and literature, but no literary courses are required. The mission of this new major is to equip students with the merged skills of critical thinking, articulate written and vocal expression, and media literacy — skills that are increasingly vital to navigating our media-saturated, multicultural world. Students gain a nuanced understanding of technology, aesthetics, history, and politics, while learning practical skills that translate to a wide array of possible careers:
Production (Creative or Business Side)
Film/Media Library and Archive Work
Film Festival Programming
Academic Scholarship and Teaching
Law (Entertainment Law and Beyond)
Our 4-day symposium focuses on one of Austen’s works each summer. The 2017 JASP will celebrate the 200th anniversary of the publication of Austen’s final complete novel, Persuasion. Many consider this to be the most beautiful Austen novel. The Jane Austen Summer Program is designed to appeal to established scholars, high school teachers, graduate students, undergraduate students, and anyone with a passion for all things Austen.
Since the 1980s, there has been a rapid growth of Latina/o populations in the Southeast and, in particular, North Carolina from other parts of the United States (i.e. California), Mexico, Central America, as well as places in South America like Colombia and Ecuador. With the help of her colleagues, Dr. Maria DeGuzmán developed a program that acknowledged and responded to these changing demographics in the state. Inaugurated on September 20, 2004, the Latina/o Studies Program (LSP) at UNC-Chapel Hill was the first program of its kind in the Southeast.
The first of its kind at UNC-Chapel Hill, the LSP Cultures Speaker Series begun Fall 1999. It is dedicated to exploring Latina/o Studies as a transdisciplinary endeavor that draws on, among other areas of inquiry, literary and cultural studies, visual culture and media studies, creative writing and performance studies, philosophy and aesthetics, history, sociology, comparative ethnic studies and postcolonial studies, Americas studies, health and environmental studies, and gender and sexuality studies.
Part of the UNC project in Documenting the American South, this is a complete digitized library of more than 280 autobiographies and biographies of North American slaves and ex-slaves, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, Ameritech, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. William L. Andrews is a series editor of this project.
The UNC Honors Summer Program in London and Oxford runs for six weeks from mid-June to late July, the first three centered on UNC's Winston House adjacent to the British Museum, then moving to St Edmund Hall, an Oxford College originating in the 13th century.
The Thomas Wolfe Prize and Lecture honor the memory of one of The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's most famous alumni, Thomas Clayton Wolfe (Class of 1920). Established in 1999 with an endowed gift to the Department of English, the program recognizes contemporary writers with distinguished bodies of work. And in doing so, the program seeks to give University students and the surrounding community the opportunity to hear important writers of their time. The Department of English bestows this prize each fall, around the time of Wolfe's October 3 birthday. In addition to receiving prize money and a medal, the honored writer comes to campus as the University's guest and delivers a lecture, which is free and open to the public.
The Creative Writing Program and the Department of English of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill are pleased to announce the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship, which offers full four-year financial support to one incoming freshman per year. The Thomas Wolfe Scholarship's level of support is comparable to that of the University's well-known Morehead Scholarships. Whereas the Morehead Scholarship places broad emphasis on a candidate's exemplary leadership, community service, academic excellence, and physical vigor, the Thomas Wolfe Scholarship seeks to identify and reward students with exceptionally focused literary ability and promise.
The Triangle Film Salon is an annual series of lectures and presentations on the screen arts. Speakers range from film scholars to filmmakers, both visiting and in residence at UNC. The Salon facilitates an exchange of ideas in the Research Triangle and beyond. It aims to stimulate new ways of thinking about the relations between critical and creative work where cinema and other audiovisual media are concerned. All events in the series incorporate time for group discussion. Free to students, faculty, and the public.
A hypermedia archive sponsored by the Library of Congress and supported by the Carolina Digital Library. Edited by Joseph Viscomi from UNC, as well as Morris Eaves and Robert Essick, the archive contains a wealth of electronic editions of the works of William Blake, as well as scholarly resources for the student of Blake.
a/b: Auto/Biography Studies, the journal of The Autobiography Society, was founded in order to improve communication among colleagues interested in autobiography, biography, diaries, letters, and the relationship between lifewriting and other discourses. a/b: Auto/Biography Studies is an innovative, interdisciplinary journal that publishes articles, book reviews, bibliographies, and professional notes on autobiographical and biographical writing. a/b is published twice annually, in June and December.
Founded in 1925 at the instigation of H. L. Mencken, the quarterly American Speech is the oldest journal devoted to the speechways of North America, particularly to the English language. It is the official journal of the American Dialect Society. Editing American Speech is a cooperative venture between the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Duke University, which houses and supports the editorial offices of all American Dialect Society publications. The Editor of American Speech is Connie Eble, Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; the General Editor of American Dialect Society publications is Ron Butters, Professor of English at Duke University. Submissions and queries about American Speech should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org or directed to:
Charles Carson, Managing Editor
American Dialect Society
Duke University, Box 90018
Durham, NC 27708-0018
Anamesa, a peer-reviewed interdisciplinary journal of graduate student writing and art based at New York University, is now accepting submissions for its Fall 2011 print issue. Current and recent graduate students across all disciplines are encouraged to send in their writing-including but not limited to academic essays, creative non-fiction, reportage, interviews, reviews, short stories, and poetry-and visual art of any sort, keeping in mind that the journal is a printed publication. Anamesa considers material from a variety of subject matters and selects creative, intelligent works that reflect the transdisciplinary nature of the graduate community.
Since 1948, The Carolina Quarterly has printed creative writing by established and emerging writers and poets along with penetrating reviews and fascinating features.
Ethos is a collective of critics, scholars, and public intellectuals who hope to inspire discussion about the cultures that shape—and are shaped by—contemporary society. Open to all disciplines, Ethos publishes two online forums and a peer-reviewed journal dedicated to reflection upon the variety of collective customs, ideas, and art that shape the human condition.
The Keats-Shelley Journal, edited by UNC's Dr. Jeanne Moskal, is an academic journal published annually by the Keats-Shelley Association of America. Founded in 1952, the journal contains articles on John Keats, Percy Shelley, Mary Shelley, Lord Byron, Leigh Hunt, and their circles of mutual influence and context—-as well as news and notes, book reviews, and a current bibliography. UNC Graduate student Doreen Thierauf serves as Assistant Editor.
The Southern Literary Journal, a peer-reviewed journal edited by Fred Hobson and Minrose Gwin, publishes scholarly articles on the literature of the American South and reviews of critical works on southern literature and culture.
Studies in Philology is one of the oldest scholarly journals in the United States, with over one hundred years of publication. It is published quarterly (Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall).