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The department of English Language and Literature aims to teach all the students it serves, both majors and non-majors, to write and speak well and to read skillfully, thoughtfully and with pleasure. We continue to offer many courses that stress literary history and canonical figures, but we also give our students opportunities to experiment with a variety of new fields, theoretical perspectives and linguistic developments, and to pursue creative writing of their own.

We expect that our majors will graduate with an understanding of the historical and cultural forces that have shaped literatures in English, beginning in the British Isles, but now spread across the world. We want all our students to learn to wrestle with the complex interpretive challenges that literature poses and to become, in the words of Henry James, people "upon whom nothing is lost."

In Memoriam

Elizabeth Gallaher von Klemperer

Esther Cloudman Dunn Professor Emerita,
Department of English Language and Literature

Memorial service at Helen Hills Hills Chapel
December 5, 2015, 1pm
Reception to follow at the Alumnae House

"What is the meaning of life? That was all--a simple question; one that tended to close in on one with years. The great revelation had never come. The great revelation perhaps never did come. Instead there were little daily miracles, illuminations, matches struck unexpectedly in the dark; here was one."

—Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse

Faculty Search: Assistant Professor of English Literature: British Romantic Period

The Department of English Language & Literature at Smith College seeks a tenure-track Assistant Professor specializing in the literature of the British Romantic period, to begin July 2016. The successful candidate should be able to teach across the full range of the period’s poetry and prose, but we are open to any scholarly focus within the period. Possible secondary fields include but are not limited to: comparative Romanticisms, the critical study of race, digital humanities, empire and/or transatlantic studies, environmental studies, gender and sexuality, landscape studies, and the literatures and history of science. We value excellence in both scholarship and teaching. Ph.D. required by September 2016.

Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/31920, along with cover letter, curriculum vitae, three confidential letters of recommendation, and a writing sample of no more than 30 pages. Review of documents will begin on November 6, 2015.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, underrepresented racial groups, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.