English and World Languages

Department of English and World Languages

The study of literature provides an outstanding opportunity to cultivate the life of the mind, perhaps the most rewarding of all human pursuits. Reading and analyzing literature teaches us to think critically and deliberately, never shying away from difficult or controversial topics.

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Welcome to the Department of English and World Languages, and thank you for visiting our website, where  you can discover who we are, what we teach, and how to spot us around campus. We hope you’ll find reason to stop by—or stop us walking by—to say hello and get to know us better.

Studying literature and languages at the University of West Florida is demanding. Our faculty and students are the kind who ask much of themselves. Working here with us is a two-way street of the mind: as teachers, we pose questions and seek answers; in return, we ask the same from our students, undergraduate and graduate alike.

Studying with us is also multiplicitously rewarding. Together we read— to understand, to enjoy, to be awed and broadened—and we speak, we write, to clarify, to capture ideas, to share with others the new insights we have stumbled upon, inherited, earned. The department is a hub of loud, embracing energy that generates student awareness of language and culture that is crucial for success in the professional world, and we also publish two literary journals: Troubadour, the student magazine of poetry, fiction and graphic art, and Panhandler, distributed and recognized nationally as an important showcase for fresh creative voices.

Our faculty all hold advanced degrees—from the Universities of Oxford, Washington, Miami, Michigan, North Carolina, South Carolina, Southern California, Florida State, Syracuse, Duke, Samford, Rutgers, Yale and West Florida. We regularly contribute to the international conversation of scholars and critics, publishing translations, editions, articles, monographs and book-length studies on, among other topics, William Blake, Shakespeare, Chaucer, Hemingway, James Joyce, literary theory, film, television, gender and sexuality, even bullfighting. We have been named Fellows of the National Humanities Center, the Center for Advanced Study in the Humanities at the University of Edinburgh, the American Council of Learned Societies, and the Mellon Foundation, at Harvard University. One of us is President-Elect of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. We have several times received grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities.