University of Minnesota
Department of English

Department of English

Graduate Studies

Image of graduate student and professorThe Department of English at the University of Minnesota continues to be a leader in graduate education. As one of the oldest Ph.D. programs in the country, dating back to the 19th century, it boasts a legacy that unites innovation and tradition. Minnesota's pioneering beginnings persist in a commitment to interdisciplinarity and to emergent fields of study. In addition, the Department of English continues a long tradition of scholarship in established fields such as medieval, early modern, and renaissance studies. Faculty in our department, known nationally and internationally for outstanding research, are also prize-winning teachers dedicated to developing in our students first-hand experience in advancing knowledge in the classroom. The University of Minnesota Libraries offer a wealth of resources supporting research in English and American literatures as well as in such newer areas as post-colonial, gender and sexuality, and African-American studies. And the University of Minnesota campus is situated within the Twin Cities, a lively and livable urban area known for world-class arts and culture. English at Minnesota: a truly unique and dynamic program of graduate study.

News & Announcements

  • Summer e-Quarterly Out Now

    e-Quarterly 2014 summer issue coverOur professors don't just go home and read after class: As our profile details, one competes in high-level competitive ice dancing; another spins African music as a radio deejay. But, yes, they also read: Professor John Watkins describes his latest perusals, including Solzhenitsyn and other Russian novelists. Plus a boatload of great summer books from faculty and alums. Check out the new issue of our alumnae/i newsletter, e-Quarterly.

  • Prospective Student Visit

    The Department of English welcomes admitted prospective graduate students March 13-14. Events scheduled include a reading by MFA alum authors, a discussion with current PhD students,class visits, and dinner with graduate students and faculty. We look forward to meeting you!

  • 5 X Friday: MFA Candidate Scott F. Parker

    Scott F. ParkerThird-year Creative Writing Program nonfiction student Scott F. Parker this year won the Monkey Puzzle Press' prose chapbook contest with a slim collection entitled in here--authored, provocatively, by The Synthesis. The book itself declares that its inventive texts may be read as poetry, philosophy, or fiction but seek to be memoir. Chapters include "all criticism is autobiographical," which mashes together quotes from Parker's widely published book reviews, and "unanswered questions?" which features nearly four pages of them (favorite: "Why not . . . accept that it's time that uses you?"). As Patricia Weaver Francisco notes on the back cover, this is an intimate little book that despite (because of) its challenging form effectively communicates aspects of the writer's personality and interests as much if not more than a standard "I was born in XX and did XX" narrative. Parker has also published a runner's memoir (Running After Prefontaine), two musings on musical icons (Revisited: Notes on Bob Dylan and ME | EM: One Listener's Confession), and an edited volume of writings on coffee (Coffee - Philosophy for Everyone: Grounds for Debate). Read more.


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Portrait: Katherine Scheil.
Katherine Scheil
Director of Graduate Studies

Portrait: Karen Frederickson.
Karen Frederickson
Executive Administrative Specialist,
Graduate Studies

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