Dept. of English

 

The Department of English at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign is a large, diverse, and dynamic group of teachers and students. As we maintain our traditional strengths in English and American Literature, Creative Writing, and Writing Studies, we are developing new focuses in areas such as Print and Material Culture, New Media, and Irish Studies.

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  • Underwood, Ted; Sellers, Jordan (2016)
    A history of literary prestige needs to study both works that achieved distinction and the mass of volumes from which they were distinguished. To understand how those patterns of preference changed across a century, we ...

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  • English, James F.; Underwood, Ted (2016)
    Questions of scale have been framed as a "crisis of largeness" for literary study. But questions of scale can also be understood, not a crisis for one discipline, but as an opportunity to unite several disciplines through ...

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  • Underwood, Ted (2016-01-17)
    How quickly does time pass in English fiction? Sampling passages from ninety novels, this essay reveals dramatic changes in the mean pace of fiction -- notably a seventy-fold slowing from the early eighteenth century through ...

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  • Underwood, Ted (Cultural Analytics, 2016-05-23)
    Literary genres are social institutions constituted by particular traditions of production and reception. But the boundaries of those traditions are deeply contested; some scholars lump the Newgate novel and Agatha Christie ...

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  • Hubert, Ann Marie (2015-12-03)
    “Performing Piety” examines the interdependent relationship between medieval sermons and plays in late-medieval East Anglia, arguing that the mutual use of thematic divisions and exempla (moral tales) evinces the reciprocal ...

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