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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.


Ostherr encourages scholars to seek real-world applications for their...

A collaborative work among a global group of scholars who’ve pioneered the field of... Read more

The Comic Event

New Book by Judith Roof

The Comic Event approaches comedy as dynamic phenomenon that involves the gathering of elements of performance, signifiers, timings, tones, gestures, previous comic bits, and other self-conscious structures into an “event” that triggers, by virtue of a “cut,” an expected/unexpected... Read more

Levander honored as one of ‘Houston’s 50 Most Influential Women of...

Caroline Levander was named one of "Houston's 50 Most Influential Women of 2017" by... Read more