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For a list of the 83rd Annual Literary Award winners click here.


Thomas Rickert’s book Ambient Rhetoric: The Attunements of Rhetorical Being recently won the Gary A. Olson Award for the most outstanding book on rhetorical and cultural theory published in 2013, an award presented by JAC (a scholarly journal of rhetoric, society, and politics).   Ambient Rhetoric was also recognized in March 2014 by winning the CCCC Outstanding Book Award for a monograph.   

Maren Linett’s article, "Involuntary Cure: Rebecca West's The Return of the Soldier," has been awarded the Tyler Rigg Prize for the best article published in Disability Studies Quarterly in 2013.  Maren’s award will be presented at the Society for Disability Studies conference in Minneapolis in June.

Professor Marianne Boruch has been chosen as the recipient of the 2014 Purdue University Research and Scholarship Distinction award.  This award recognizes Marianne’s significant contributions to the lyrical, formalist school of American poetry; to advancing poetry as an artistic, philosophical, and spiritual force; and to bringing national and international distinction to Purdue University through her work.

Arkady Plotnitsky is the recipient of the 2014 Liberal Arts Discovery Excellence Award for the Humanities.  This award represents the College’s highest recognition for outstanding scholarship and achievement in the humanities.

Three faculty members from English have received honors for their outstanding teaching: Dorrie Armstrong and Chris Lukasik are among the winners of CLA’s 2013-14 Kenneth T. Kofmehl Undergraduate Teaching Awards, and Robyn Malo has been recognized with a 2013-14 CLA Award for Outstanding Undergraduate Teacher.


English @ Purdue

Welcome to the website for the Department of English at Purdue University.  We are a large and vibrant community dedicated to pursuing excellence in our current research and creative endeavors, to teaching and mentoring students—our graduate students, undergraduate majors, and students from across the university—to become outstanding writers and critical thinkers, and to promoting the value of English studies beyond the classroom by sponsoring speakers series, conferences, and forums on traditional and contemporary humanistic topics.

More than 60 faculty members work with 200 graduate students in English: we offer M.A. programs in Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, English Language and Linguistics, and Second Language Studies/ESL; we have an M.F.A. program in Creative Writing; and we offer the Ph.D. in five areas: Literature, English Language and Linguistics, Rhetoric and Composition, Second Language Studies/ESL, and Theory and Cultural Studies. Our undergraduate majors have the option of selecting from four B.A. programs: English (focused on literature), English Education, Creative Writing, and Professional Writing. The top-tier scholarly journal Mfs: Modern Fiction Studies was founded in 1955 at Purdue, and our MFA graduate students publish Sycamore Review, a well-regarded literary magazine.

The Department makes significant contributions to the education of thousands of students from across the university by teaching courses in first-year composition, professional writing, creative writing, and literature, including courses listed in the Core Curriculum for Purdue and for the College of Liberal Arts. We are recognized nationally and internationally for our well-known Writing Lab and Online Writing Lab.

For additional information, please contact the Department's Main Office at 765-494-3740.