The Department of English at the University of Oklahoma

Join the OU Department of English where you can study environmental writing and Shakespeare, social media and Toni Morrison, creative writing and hip hop, Native American film and the Graphic novel. 

Our faculty teach in two broad areas:  literary and cultural studies and writing.  We wed the theoretical with the practical and creative, focusing on traditional literary study and on digital humanities, technical writing, film and media, and more. 

We ask questions about indigeneity, race and gender, sexualities, religion, economics, artistic forms and genres, techniques of writing, visual expression, and the global world we live in today.

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View Professor Honoree Jeffers on CSPAN!


Contributors to the anthology, The Fire This Time: A New Generation Speaks About Race participated in a panel discussion on race in America at the Mississippi Book Festival on August 20, 2016. Participants: Jesmyn Ward, editor of The Fire This Time and Associate Professorof English at Tulane University; Kiese Laymon, Associate Professor at Vassar College; Kima Jones, writer; Honorée Fanonne Jeffers, Professor of English at University of Oklahoma; and Garnette Cardogan, Visiting Fellow, Institute for Advanced Studies in Culture,University of Virginia.


See Interview on CSPAN: https://www.c-span.org/video/?414028-2/panel-discussion-race



Global Shakespeare Festival

Following up on the highly successful First Folio exhibit and events at Sam Noble Museum last January, the celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare’s death in 1616 will continue throughout the new academic year, in a program designed to emphasize the multiplicity and wide relevance of modern Shakespearean performance.

In each semester of AY 2016-17, the "Global Shakespeare Festival" will present three events: a film of a Shakespeare play, in the original English; a film of a Shakespeare play, in a foreign language (with English captions); and a live performance featuring Drama students and professors exploring scenes from these and other plays. Each event will include discussion with the audience, led by professors.

SCHEDULE
All events will take place in Meacham Auditorium (Oklahoma Memorial Union, 900 Asp Ave.) from 6:30 to 9:00 pm, and will be open without charge to university members and the public.

FALL 2016
Sept. 15: Richard Loncraine/Ian McKellen, Richard III (1995, English); with after-film discussion
Oct. 20: Akira Kurosawa, Throne of Blood (1957, Japanese version of Macbeth); with after-film
     discussion including Prof. Man Fung Yip (Film and Media Studies)
Nov. 17: Drama professors and students performing/discussing scenes

SPRING 2017
Feb. 16: Ralph Fiennes, Coriolanus (2011, English); with after-film discussion
March 23: Sulayman al-Bassam, Al-Hamlet Summit (2004, Arabic); with after-film discussion
     including Prof. Mohammad Al Masri (International Area Studies / Modern Languages)
April 20: Drama professors and students performing/discussing scenes

Organizers: Profs. Joyce Coleman (English and CMRS), Su Fang Ng (English), Sara Coodin (Classics & Letters), and Alissa Mortimer and Tom Orr (Helmerich School of Drama). Funding has been generously provided by the College of Arts & Sciences, the Helmerich School of Drama, the Dept. of Classics & Letters, the English Dept., and Film & Media Studies.


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