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Academic Overview

Transylvania’s English program offers a wide range of courses in both traditional and contemporary literature, as well as in film and popular culture.

“There is a powerful connection between reading and thinking. If a student learns how to read with depth and focus, then he or she will most likely start thinking that way, too. And then the student’s own writing will develop and mature.”

Maurice Manning,
professor of English, writer in residence

The program, while based in the study of British and American literature, offers courses that explore other traditions, including African. Other topics and issues include women’s literature, film, popular culture and how to write poetry and short fiction.

Through the program, you will learn to read critically, reflect on what you’ve read, engage with literatures of different cultures and times and write in different forms—from expository to creative.

Past years have seen a thriving English club, with students organizing events that let them pursue their interests together. Students have been involved, too, in the visits to campus by the Delcamp Visiting Writers—and are always welcome at the weekly Film Junkies screenings.


Liz Corsun,
Associate Professor of English;
Program Director

Phone: (859) 233-8234

Haupt Humanities 222
Transylvania University
300 North Broadway
Lexington, KY

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Twentieth-Century American Literature, Post-1945
Jane Austen and Film
The Culture of Nature
The Nineteenth-Century British Novel
The Transylvanian (art and literary journal)
The Rambler (student newspaper)
Delcamp Visiting Writer Series
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