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Our Ranking

The Berkeley English Ph.D. program has been ranked the top graduate English program in the country, according to the most recent guide to "America's Best Colleges" published by the U.S. News and World Report.  Faculty in the English Department have received more university Distinguished Teaching Awards—26—than any other department.

Recent Faculty Books

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Book of a Thousand Eyes
Lyn Hejinian


Ranging widely in subject and tone, this collection of prose begins as an homage to Scheherazade—the heroine of The Arabian Nights whose nightly tale-telling saved her culture and her own life by teaching a powerful and murderous ruler to abandon cruelty in favor of wisdom and benevolence. Mirroring Scheherazade’s tactic, this lyrical exploration offers diverse works including lulla....

People on Sunday
Geoffrey G. O'Brien

Wave Books

'Brien's [is] a poetry that asks for patient attention, and gives back all the void's abundance."—Rain Taxi "Whether in a poem composed using words and phrases from the Patriot Act, a sestina with dauntingly common repeating end words, or in flat-out theory, O'Brien shows himself to be capable of portraying the muddled traffic of life in the Internet age.&quo....

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Seasons of Misery: Catastrophe and Colonial Settlement in Early America
Kathleen Donegan

University of Pennsylvania Press, 2014
Early American
Native American

The stories we tell of American beginnings typically emphasize colonial triumph in the face of adversity. But the early years of English settlement in America were characterized by catastrophe: starvation, disease, extreme violence, ruinous ignorance, and serial abandonment. Seasons of Misery offers a provocative reexamination of the British colonies' chaotic and profoundly unstab....

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A Guide to Poetics Journal: Writing in the Expanded Field 1982-1998
Lyn Hejinian

Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten, eds.

Wesleyan (April 1, 2013)

Between 1982 and 1998, Lyn Hejinian and Barrett Watten edited the highly influential Poetics Journal, whose ten issues contributed to a surge of interest in the practice of poetics.  A Guide to Poetics Journal presents the major conversations and debates from the journal, and invites readers to expand on the critical and creative engagements they represent. ....

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Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England
Emily V. Thornbury

Cambridge University Press, 2014
Old English
Cultural Studies

Combining historical, literary and linguistic evidence from Old English and Latin, Becoming a Poet in Anglo-Saxon England creates a new, more complete picture of who and what pre-Conquest English poets really were. It includes a study of Anglo-Saxon words for 'poet' and the first list of named poets in Anglo-Saxon England. Its survey of known poets identifies four social roles that poet....


Robert Hass Receives $100,000 Wallace Stevens Award

Notes on Recent Accomplishments of our Graduate Students

Read the department's most recent newsletter to find our publications and accomplishments for the past year.

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