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Department of English

English students at Rice engage critically with literary and cultural texts.

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Welcome to the department of English, where imagination meets critical thought.

Here, encounters with literature, visual culture, media, and performance foster inquiry into the complex relations among language, form, politics, and history. Our small classes and faculty-student collaborations cultivate innovation and precision in writing and reading, unsettle the familiar, and bring to life a culture’s legacies, struggles, secrets, and aspirations. Why choose English? Three good reasons: the work you do here will alter how you see yourself, open new worlds, and profoundly imprint any path you pursue.


Sonia Hamer Awarded 2018 Inprint-Marion Barthelme Prize

The creative writing faculty and the entire Rice English department are honored to announce Sonia Hamer as the winner of the 2018 Inprint-Marion Barthelme Prize for her piece of short fiction.
Professor Amber Dermont says, " 'Pig, An Essay'--an utterly original, deeply compelling and all... Read more

Institute for Women Surfers

Professor Krista Comer Hosts the Institute for Women Surfers

While at Stanford on sabbatical, Professor Comer hosted the Institute for Women Surfers training, co-sponsored by the Bill Lane Center for the American West.  For more information, view the report... Read more

2017 authors

2017 Alumni Authors

The Department of English congratulates the following recent PhD alumni authors for books that were published and/or received awards in 2017:

Priscilla Solis Ybarra (PhD 2007)
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