The University of Iowa English Department promotes serious and disciplined study of writing and literature as an art form, as an expression of cultural preoccupations, and as a means of participating in civil society. In departments like ours, that value cultural, global, and aesthetic diversity, literature encompasses an ever growing array of texts in English and includes a wide range of genres (drama, fiction, poetry, and creative nonfiction) and modes (video, graphic novels, film, radio essays, new media, material culture, performance art, publishing, and more).
Our curriculum includes long-celebrated masterpieces by familiar American and British writers as well as provocative reclaimed works from the past and new works that are shaping the future. Our classes also explore the power of language in work that speaks from and about diverse U.S. ethnicities and Anglophone communities.
A video that is available to admitted and current students and explains the department can be found here.