English, Department of



The LSU English Department has an illustrious history, once boasting having Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren, author of All the King’s Men, and critic Cleanth Brooks, a founder of the New Criticism, on its faculty.  Today we continue that tradition of creative writing and innovative criticism by offering concentrations in Literature, Creative Writing, Secondary Education, and Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture.  Our faculty has published on everything from Chaucer to comic books. Our teachers have won numerous University awards and are eager to serve the diverse students who come to LSU.  Our undergraduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, journalism, advertising, the arts, and education.  Our graduate students have gone on to academic careers, as well as careers in education and the arts.     

Go to Undergraduate and Graduate Course Descriptions to see examples of what our Department has to offer and browse “About Us” to learn about our faculty, journals, and more. 

Professor Joseph Kronick
Chair, Department of English


MFA student reciting poem

Maya Angelou's "On the Pulse of the Morning" Recited by LSU MFA Students

The LSU Libraries Special Collections shares Maya Angelou’s “On the Pulse of the Morning” from their private collection of African American poetry. This poem is recited by MFA students Shakirah Peterson and Jonathan Clark.

Boyd Professor J. Gerald Kennedy Edits Norton Critical Edition of "In Our Time"

J. Gerald Kennedy, Boyd professor of English, has edited the Norton Critical Edition of Ernest Hemingway's “In Our Time.” This series has long set the standard for authoritative classroom texts of great literary works, with accompanying reviews, related letters and critical essays. The maps for this edition were created by Andrew Sluyter, professor of Geography & Anthropology.

LSU Summer School is a great opportunity for students to retake a course to raise their GPA or enroll in a class with a waitlist during fall or spring semesters. Without the stress of a full semester load, students can take a course head-on. 
The Department of English still has openings in English Composition courses (ENGL 1001 and ENGL 2000). Summer Session B course dates are May 23 - June 26 and Summer Session C course dates are July 5 - August 6. American Literature I (ENGL 3070) also has availability.



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