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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.

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