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Department of English Overview


Chair: Indrani Mitra, Ph.D.
Professors: Peter Dorsey, Ph.D.; Robert Ducharme, Ph.D.; Carol Hinds, Ph.D., Indrani Mitra, Ph.D.
Associate Professors: Thomas Bligh, Ph.D.;  Sarah K. Scott, Ph.D.; David Wehner, Ph.D.
Assistant Professors: Jack Dudley,, Ph.D.; Sean G. Lewis, Ph.D.; Jordan T. Loveridge, Ph.D.
Lecturers: Sr. Anne Higgins, M.L.A.

Students in the English program explore the ways literature represents human experience and the relationship between literature and the world. All literature courses emphasize the development of students' ability to write and speak well, and specialized electives are devoted to creative writing and to study of the English language. The department offers courses in the literature of Britain and Europe, the United States, and many other regions of the world. Study of more traditional forms such as lyric, drama and prose fiction is complemented by investigations of autobiography, essays, diaries and film. The cultural and literary analysis practiced in English courses, together with the writing skills developed in them, helps prepare students for responsible citizenship and careers in journalism, law, publishing, government service, public relations, teaching and business. Designated faculty inform and counsel students interested in graduate school, law school and other professional study.

The core curriculum at Mount St. Mary's is designed to enable students to become informed heirs and active makers of their culture. Literary study contributes to this goal by helping students see the varieties of cultural life; the connections between literature and religious, political, and social practices; and the distinctive ways in which literary forms and language make sense of our experience.

Students who major in English will learn:

  • to enjoy the beauty of literary expression
  • to analyze critically traditional and non-traditional texts, including diverse voices within them
  • to study genres, modes, and literary periods of British, American, and world literatures
  • to produce analytical and argumentative writing with an awareness of audience and a mastery of standard written English
  • to engage in literary research using databases and secondary sources
  • to explore the relationship between language and culture in order to become responsible citizens within American society and the larger world.
 
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