Chair: Peter Platt (Professor)
Professors: James Basker (Richard Gilder Professor of Literary History), Christopher Baswell (Ann Whitney Olin Professor), Yvette Christiansë, Polly Devlin (Visiting), Mary Gordon (Millicent C. McIntosh Professor in English and Writing), Lisa Gordis, Achsah Guibbory (Acting Chair and Ann Whitney Olin Professor), Kim Hall (Lucyle Hook Professor of English and Director, Africana Studies), Maire Jaanus, William Sharpe, Maura Spiegel (Term)
Associate Professors: Jonathan Beller, James Fenton (Visiting), Jennifer Gilmore (Visiting), Ross Hamilton, Saskia Hamilton (Director, Women Poets at Barnard), Jennie Kassanoff, Hisham Matar (Visiting), Belinda McKeon (Visiting), Ellen McLaughlin (Visiting), Monica Miller, Eliza Minot (Visiting), Richard Panek (Visiting), Maggie Pouncey (Visiting)
Assistant Professors: Bashir Abu-Manneh (Director, Film Program), Tanya Barfield (Visiting), Rachel Eisendrath, Nick Laird (Visiting)
Senior Scholar: Anne Lake Prescott
Senior Lecturers: Pamela Cobrin (Director, Writing Program; Co-Director, Speaking Program), Patricia Denison, Peggy Ellsberg, Cary Plotkin, Timea Szell (Director, Creative Writing), Margaret Vandenburg (Director, First-Year English)
Lecturers: Constance Brown, Mary Cregan, Kate Levin (Visiting), John Pagano, Stephan Pedatella (Visiting), Aaron Schneider
Senior Associate: Quandra Prettyman
Associates: Shelly Fredman, Charlotte Friedman, Rory Jones, Wendy Schor-Haim (Associate Director, Writing Program)
The offering in English is designed to foster good writing, effective speaking, and heightened understanding of culturally significant texts. We encourage students majoring in English to develop their responsiveness to the literary imagination and their sensitivity to literary form through disciplined attention to language, historical contexts, and critical and scholarly methods.
For all students, including transfers, "a minimum of six semester courses must be completed while the student is in residence at Barnard."
Our objectives represent the teaching aims of the English Department. All instructors are free to decide which of these objectives are consistent with their particular courses and teaching methods.
Students who graduate with a major in English should be able to obtain the following objectives:
Specific to the America Literature Concentration:
Specific to the Film Concentration:
Specific to the Theatre Concentration:
Specific to the Creative Writing Concentration: