Department of English Language and Literature

  1. January 29, 2024

    It Happened at Michigan — Changing attitudes with a groundbreaking novel

    Forman Brown came to U-M in 1918, shy, aloof and attracted to men. Brown used his U-M experiences as the foundation for “Better Angel,” a 1933 semi-biographical novel.

  2. January 8, 2024

    Obituary — John R. Knott

    John Knott, 86, professor emeritus of English, died Jan. 2. At U-M, he developed a national reputation as a scholar of early modern literature.

  3. October 4, 2021

    Obituary — James McIntosh

    James Henry McIntosh, professor emeritus of English and American culture at the University of Michigan, died of a stroke Aug. 30 at his home in Ann Arbor in the presence of his wife, Elaine K. Gazda, and daughter, Karina McIntosh.

  4. May 4, 2020

    Obituary: Ejner Jacob Jensen

    Ejner Jacob Jensen, 83, of Philadelphia, professor emeritus of English language and literature, died April 21 at the Phoebe Allentown Home in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

  5. March 23, 2020

    Lecturer uses horror course to engage students

    Gina Brandolino, a lecturer IV in the Sweetland Center for Writing and the Department of English, LSA, engages students through horror courses she has taught for the past 10 years.

  6. October 14, 2019

    Lecturer revisits English language through traditional printing

    Fritz Swanson founded and directs Wolverine Press, a publishing exploratory in LSA’s Helen Zell Writers’ Program that combines his love for literature and his passion for letterpress printing.

  7. October 7, 2019

    Obituary: William (Buzz) Alexander

    William (Buzz) Alexander, who founded the Prison Creative Arts Project and trained thousands of students, teachers, activists and prisoners to illuminate and work to end mass incarceration, died at his home in Ann Arbor on Sept. 19 at the age of 80 from frontal temporal degeneration. Alexander was a professor emeritus of English language and…
  8. October 29, 2018

    LSA professor to examine the early history of ‘normality’

    Valerie J. Traub, the Adrienne Rich Distinguished University Professor of English and Women’s Studies, will deliver her Distinguished University Professor lecture.

  9. January 12, 2018

    Obituary: Richard Meisler

    Longtime faculty member Richard Meisler died after complications of pancreatic cancer on Feb. 21, 2017.