English

Mission

Students in the English, Literature, Language, and Culture Department engage the world through literature, enrich the world through their own writing, and empower others to do the same.

Goals

  1. Students who complete core requirements will demonstrate that they have an understanding of basic principles of grammar and composition and that they have had an exposure to literature and to analysis and interpretation of literature.
  2. Graduates who have majored in English will demonstrate basic knowledge of British, American, and world
    literature and the ability to analyze literature logically and persuasively in well written, researched essays.

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Dr. Emily Leverett

Emily Leverett, PhD

Chair, English, Language, Literature, & Culture; Professor of English
Dr. Emily Leverett
Emily Leverett, PhD

Chair, English, Language, Literature, & Culture; Professor of English

B.A., Claremont McKenna College; M.A., Ph.D., Ohio State University

Bio:

I have always loved the medieval period, so it wasn’t much of a surprise that I became a professor of medieval English. As a medievalist I work with English romance—tales of knights and ladies on daring adventures filled with miracles and magic, including King Arthur and his Round Table.

Recently my scholarship has leapt forward several centuries to contemporary medievalism: I examine the ways medieval English romance appears in today’s popular entertainment. My main focus is the study of Terry Pratchett’s Discworld novels, but I have also looked at Neil Gaiman’s use of Shakespeare in the Sandman series, and the Las Vegas Golden Knights’ use of knighthood in their pre-game shows during their 2018 Stanley Cup Final.

My love of the medieval continues in my creative writing: fantasy fiction. Both my series, The Eisteddfod Chronicles and Marie de France and the Werewolf, are directly influenced by, and purposely draw from literature and other arts of the medieval period. The Eisteddfod novels center around a woman who finds herself in Fae, in a fairy London that is rife with knights, clerics, and magic. The Marie novels re-imagine the life of Marie de France if the magical romances she wrote were real. Along with novel writing, I have co-edited several speculative fiction short story anthologies.

Finally, outside of teaching and writing, I am a Carolina Hurricanes fan and the proud co-owner of three cats.

You can learn more about me and my work at https://emilylavinleverett.com/

Subjects Taught:

  • Freshman Composition
  • Survey of British Literature I
  • Shakespeare
  • Chaucer
  • Medieval Literature
  • Advanced Grammar
  • Study Abroad to Great Britain