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Congratulations to the Class of 2017!

Tahirih Khademi

I have met some of the most influential, thought-provoking professors and students in this amazing program. It is amazing how much more there always is to learn and, as an English major at Cal, that learning is always done amongst the brightest and best. Go bears!

—Tahirih Khademi

Haejin Song

As English majors, we have become trained to look at the world, different situations and people not by first impressions, but by taking a closer and deeper look. As we step into adulting, I know that we can use our words and voices in a meaningful way that can bring positive change-- fiat lux.

—Haejin Song

Miko Barcelona Batino

My time in the English Department has truly been one of a kind. I am continually impressed by my peers and professors. Thank you all for making learning such a pleasurable and inspiring experience.

—Miko Barcelona Batino

Isaac Ruiz

The professors and graduate students here in the English department are so committed to teaching and helping their students grow as writers, thinkers, and human beings, and I have been greatly benefited by them.

—Isaac Ruiz

Emily Frone

As a junior transfer, I had little time to learn as much as possible about English Literature. I cross-applied my second major, Linguistics, to better understand the nuances of Literature. But, the best part of being an English major was constantly being surrounded by books in the Library.

—Emily Frone

Sarah Bellen Bernardo

Toni Morrison once said, "If there's a book you want to read, but it hasn't been written yet, then you must write it."

As I begin life after Cal at a law firm in New York City, I am determined more than ever to continue sharing and immortalizing the narratives of my community.

—Sarah Bellen Bernardo

Courtney McGrosso

It has been such a pleasure to have the time and opportunity to explore literature here at Cal. I am grateful for all the literature that has been shared with me and hope to carry it with me as I discover and enjoy more in the future.

—Courtney McGrosso

Summer with Berkeley English

Books Spotlight

Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention
Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention
David Marno

The seventeenth-century French philosopher Nicolas Malebranche thought that philoso...

Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature
Emily V. Thornbury

For the Anglo-Saxons, Latin was a language of choice that revealed a multitude of b...

Hidden Hitchcock
Hidden Hitchcock
D.A. Miller

No filmmaker has more successfully courted mass-audience understanding than Alfred ...

Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood
Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood
Jeffrey Knapp

Shakespeare's plays were immensely popular in their own day -- so why do we ref...

Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora
Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora
Nadia Ellis

A study of black diasporic belonging at the intersection of queer utopian pote...

Spiral:  Trapped in the Forever War
Spiral: Trapped in the Forever War
Mark Danner

Trapped in a forever war by 9/11, in Spiral Mark Danner des...

Death Be Not Proud: The Art of Holy Attention Latinity and Identity in Anglo-Saxon Literature Hidden Hitchcock
Pleasing Everyone: Mass Entertainment in Renaissance London and Golden-Age Hollywood Territories of the Soul: Queered Belonging in the Black Diaspora Spiral:  Trapped in the Forever War

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