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English at Villanova offers undergraduate and graduate programs that prepare you to read deeply, think critically, write effectively and speak confidently.

In the Villanova English Department, you encounter both revered classics and celebrated recent work by writers coming from widely different experiences and points of view. In our classes, you hone your writing skills, sharpen your abilities to analyze complex texts, deepen your understanding of cultural and material history, and stimulate your imagination.

The abilities you develop prepare you for fields including consulting, journalism, marketing, law, education, banking, government, college administration, screenwriting and publishing, as well as continued studies in competitive master’s or doctorate programs.

The heart of the discipline of English is the power of the written word to tell stories, communicate ideas, broaden perspectives and bring about change.


Department Calendar March

Interdisciplinary, Intersectional Book Club
Wednesday, March 3
, 6-7 p.m., Zoom.

The club will be discussing Detransition, Baby by Torrey Peters, through Chapter 5 (180). For questions, please contact Sarabeth Gilbert. This event is organized by Gender and Women’s Studies.


Villanova Majors Fair
Friday, March 5
, 1-4 p.m., Zoom.

For those exploring what to major in, meet English faculty and majors and learn about their experiences in the Villanova English Department!

Good Guys with Guns: Masculinity and Religion in Gun Rights Extremism
Tuesday, March 9, 2-3 p.m., Zoom.

Lisa Hagen of NPR's Podcast “No Compromise” will present this talk, organized by Gender and Women’s Studies.

Libraries of Babel: An Expansive Future for the Humanities
Thursday, March 11
, 4-5 p.m., Zoom

Please join us for a virtual talk featuring Ted Underwood, PhD, Professor, School of Information Sciences and the Department of English, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.


Villanova English Career Panel
Monday, March 15, 7-8 p.m., Zoom.

Villanova English alumni will discuss how they utilize the skills they developed as English majors, offer tips on interviewing and applying for positions, and share their experiences in current and previous roles. All are welcome!


We Have Been Here All Along: Gender, American Literature, and White Supremacy
Tuesday, March 16
, 7:30-8:30 p.m., Zoom.

Join us for a roundtable discussion to celebrate the publication of Gender in American Literature and Culture, co-edited by Jean Lutes and Jennifer Travis as part of a new Cambridge University Press series that seeks to understand the cultural forces that have brought America to its fiercely divided contemporary moment.


A Conversation with Merve Emre
Tuesday, March 23
, 4-5 p.m., Zoom.

Dr. Merve Emre is a professor of literature at Oxford University and will discuss topics including her forthcoming annotated edition of Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, writing for the public, and the new HBO documentary Persona (which is based on her book The Personality Brokers). She’ll be in conversation with Villanova English Professors Megan Quigley and Kamran Javadizadeh, with an informal Q&A to follow.


Discussions with Playwright Hannah Khalil and Streamed Performances of The Scar Test
Thursday, March 25-Sunday, March 28/ Thursday, April 1–Sunday, April 4
, TBA, Zoom.

Hannah Khalil holds the Charles Heimbold Chair of Irish Studies for Spring 2021. Her current work includes a new play for the students of Central School of Speech and Drama called The Censor or How to Put on a Political Play without Being Arrested. Khalil’s The Scar Test explores the conditions in England’s migrant detention centers.



Solidarity with Black Lives Matter

Members of the English faculty support the Faculty Congress statement "Justice‌ ‌for‌ ‌George‌ ‌Floyd‌ ‌and‌ ‌Others." Read the full statement.
Find out about our efforts to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion.

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Room 402

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Professor Heather Hicks

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