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The Cornell English Department has a long history of critical and methodological openness. From the early 20th century, it has embraced new approaches to literary study, while maintaining traditional strengths. Supported by a series of libraries and collections that are world-renowned in many fields, Cornell English is the largest humanities department at Cornell University.

Featured Faculty: Dagmawi Woubshet

Associate Professor Dagmawi Woubshet arrived in the United States at age 13, knowing very little English. He credits Cornell alum Toni Morrison, along with other African-American authors, for enabling him to adopt his new language with pride.

Having joined the English department faculty in 2006, Woubshet says "the department is an alive and dynamic place to think and work. It’s enabled me to hone my teaching and writing skills, and my voice as a scholar and intellectual.”

Click here to to view a video interview and read the full profile of Professor Woubshet.

Featured Student: Anna Brenner

English and Performing & Media Arts student Anna Brenner choose Cornell because it provided the opportunity for a double major. When asked who or what has been an influence on her Cornell education, Anna replied, "in regards to academic influences, definitely the writing professors I've been fortunate enough to have classes with (Alice Fulton, Ernesto Quiñonez, Austin Bunn, and now Karen Joy Fowler). I've learned so much from all of them."

"She thought of a sunrise over the library slope of Cornell University that nobody out on it had seen because the slope faces west."

— Thomas Pynchon