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Read Along with Berkeley English

If you are like many graduates, your seminars count among your most vivid college memories. We’d like to share that experience with you again by inviting you to read along with the two current courses highlighted below. For each seminar, we provide selected readings and discussion questions, along with an invitation to join an ongoing online discussion and monthly Open...

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An interview with Colleen Lye on After Marx

An interview with Colleen Lye, co-editor of After Marx Here Lindsay Choi — English graduate student and co-coordinator of the Interdisciplinary Marxist Working Group at Cal — interviews Professor Colleen Lye about After Marx: Literature, Theory, and Value in the Twenty-First Century (Cambridge University Press, 2022), a collection of essays which she co-edited with Christopher Nealon. In the resulting interview,...

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Berkeley English ranked #1 graduate program by U.S. News

The English Department has been ranked #1 in U.S. News & World Report’s 2023 national graduate program rankings. The high ranking of the department as a whole resulted from the high ranking of our field specialties, as follows: #1 in American Literature After 1865 #1 in Gender and Literature #2 in 18th Through 20th Century British Literature #2 in African-American...

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Thomas Farber’s Acting My Age

In Acting My Age, Thomas Farber reflects, with wit and insight, on his own mortality as well as on the impending extinction of vital presences in the natural world, from coral reefs to snow leopards. The author of over two dozen wide-ranging books of fiction, nonfiction, and epigrams, Farber teaches creative writing in the English department. The following excerpt from...

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Eric Falci on the Value of Poetry

In The Value of Poetry (Cambridge, 2020), Professor Eric Falci explores the literary, cultural, and political significance of poetry in the twenty-first century. Arguing that some of the most significant and enduring human notions have been voiced and held in poems, he examines the ways in which poetry captures instances of thought, feeling, and speech, and embeds them in language that is...

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Dear English Department – A reintroduction to the Simpson Literary Project

Dear UC Berkeley English Department,           It’s nice to meet you, again. We are the Simpson Literary Project, a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting authors, and enhancing the lives of readers, writers, educators, and students in communities across California and the nation. Our story begins in Wheeler Hall, where our founder Joseph Di Prisco completed his...

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Student Series: An essay by English major Davis Mendez

Davis Mendez Jesse Nathan English 166   Wallace Stevens’ “The Motive of Metaphor”   Wallace Stevens’ “The Motive of Metaphor” is a collection of signs, which at least for this essay is a better description of the poem. Its reading is a confluence of its reader, the text, and the poet. In this confluence, the imagination navigates the ground and...

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FAQ Series – What are the requirements for the English major?

FAQ Series What are the requirements for the English major?   In this video, Katie explains ALL the requirements needed to get your undergraduate degree in English at Cal! Follow along with us on social media for updates, and feel free to reach out if you have a question you’d like to see filmed for the series!   YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCSYlJV9oh2YxoTgYSrGjrUg...

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FAQ Series – What is an elective?

FAQ Series What is an elective?   Welcome to our FAQ series, where our wonderful undergraduate advisor will be answering commonly asked questions about the English major at UC Berkeley. Follow along with us on social media for updates, and feel free to reach out if you have a question you’d like to see filmed for the series!   YouTube:...

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In memory of Professor John Bishop

Headnote by Professor Eric Falci, followed by a tribute written by Mitch Breitwieser and Eric Falci upon John’s retirement in 2011. Former students and colleagues have organized a virtual celebration to be held on June 16th, 2020. Details and Zoom link included below, and on our Events page.  Celebration of the Life of John Bishop June 16th (Bloomsday) 10 AM...

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Nadia Ellis Wins the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Nadia Ellis is one of four UC Berkeley faculty members to win the 2020 Distinguished Teaching Award. The Distinguished Teaching Award is the campus’s most prestigious honor for teaching and is intended to recognize individual faculty for sustained performance of excellence in teaching. Above and beyond an individual exemplary class, this kind of sustained excellence in teaching incites intellectual...

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“Quarantine” Book List – Curated by the UC Berkeley English Department

Earlier last week, I reached out to English department faculty members and grad students to gather book recommendations to explore during this time of uncertainty. The selections range from fantastical escapes to tragicomedies, to apocalyptic plots that feel all too relevant to what we are experiencing today.  We hope that this list will inspire you to find comfort in the...

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