"My English degree is the foundation of my career. If you can write, you can do anything."
~ Jimmy Daly
"My professors taught me how to think creatively, read analytically and write persuasively. "
~ Michael A. Iannucci
"My studies provided a solid background in literature and honed my critical skills for my own writing."
~ Catherine Carter
"I made lifelong friends and I got my butt kicked intellectually. I’m eternally grateful for both."
~ Alexander Long
"The friendship and support of my mentors helped me to grow tremendously as a writer."
~ Erinn Batykefer
"I became an Assistant Editor in less than two years with my English degree."
~ Rachel A. Gearhart
"I use my English degree to advocate for my clients. The program helped me become a better writer & thinker."
~ Mary Akhimien
"I honed my writing & research on diverse issues of the human condition, focusing on ethics and civic justice."
~ Brian Byrd
"An education in the humanities helps to render the world into a language that is profound, mysterious & complex."
~ Rachel Eliza Griffiths
"My internships & editorial work at UD prepared me for a challenging but ever-rewarding career as a reporter."
~ Wallace McKelvey
"My job demands perfection when it comes to grammar, accuracy and objectivity, and it needs to happen fast."
~ Matt O'Donnell
"I found my passion for counseling students and helping them stay on track to attend college."
~ Sara Linton
"I got a great job teaching 9th grade English and film studies and will soon pursue my master's degree."
~ Kelly Emery
"Taking a variety of English courses allowed me to master and teach the modes of discourse to my own students."
~ Danielle Allen
"I secured my job prior to graduation at a UD teacher job fair. "
~ Melissa Paparozzi
The English Department is housed in
Memorial Hall, listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The
building, which memorializes the 270 Delawareans who died in World War
I, was dedicated on May 23, 1925 as a central library between the
all-male Delaware College and the Women's College of Delaware. It was
the first facility shared by the two institutions, which later merged in
1945 to become the University of Delaware. The building served as a
library from 1925-1963, when holdings were moved next door to the
newly-constructed Morris Library. Memorial Library was renovated to
office and classroom space and renamed as Memorial Hall. Extensive
renovations were completed in 1998-99.
Here are some of the academic and cultural resources that students in English have at their disposal:
After an extensive fundraising campaign with more than 26,000 members of the public pledging funds, construction started in December 1923 and Memorial Library was dedicated on Memorial Day in 1925.
The Morris Library. The university's main research library features one of the country's best collections of digital and electronic databases. It also houses a Special Collections department that contains rare books and a wealth of manuscript material relating to authors such as Ishmael Reed and Tennessee Williams. The library also houses The Mark Samuels Lasner Collection is an important repository of manuscripts, rare books, letters, and ephemera related to British art and literature of the period 1850-1900.
The Resident Ensemble Players (REP). The REP is recognized nationally for its rigor and high quality. Members of the university community benefit from their ambitious schedule of performances. Favorite playwrights include Chekov, Shaw, Shakespeare, and Brecht. Directors and actors are happy to come into English graduate and undergraduate classes and perform scenes, rehearse readings, or just talk about a production.
The Paul R. Jones Collection. This important collection of African-American art was donated to the university by pioneering collector, Paul R. Jones. It is one of the most comprehensive collections of African-American art and offers excellent opportunities for research.
After damaging floods in 1937, Memorial Library was renovated and expanded, with a rededication ceremony held on February 5, 1940.
by Henry Francis DuPont, Winterthur is the nation's premiere collection
of American decorative arts. The museum contains galleries and scores
of period rooms, the latter accessible only by docent-led tours. It is
also home to the Winterthur Program in Early American Culture, a
prestigious MA-granting program, a famous garden, and excellent library resources. English students may find the Downs Collection of rare books and manuscripts a particularly useful resource for the study of American literature and culture.
Hagley Museum and Library. Built
on the site of the original DuPont gunpowder works on the banks of the
Brandywine River, Hagley Museum and Library is home to the Center for
the History of Business, Technology and Society. The library's
collections includes the papers of over a thousand U.S. companies from
the eighteenth century to the present. This rich archive focuses on
business, technology, and consumer culture in America .
Delaware Art Museum. One
of the country's great small art museums, the Delaware Museum of Art
houses the best collection of Pre-Raphaelite Art outside of the United
Oak Knoll Books. Located in beautiful Old New Castle, Oak Knoll is
the country's premiere antiquarian bookseller. Specializing in books
about books, Oak Knoll hosts an annual conference in Old New Castle,
employs some English graduate students as part-time cataloguers, and
represents an important local resource for any student interested in
bibliography or the history of the book.
Beautiful all year round, Memorial Hall is particularly stunning when surrounded by autumn colors and in spring when the cherry blossoms along the eastern side are in bloom.
Philadelphia. Just a forty-minute drive or train
ride from Newark , Philly offers too many resources to list
comprehensively. But here are some of the main ones of use to our
students: The American Philosophical Society, The Opera Company of Philadelphia, The Wilma Theatre, The Philadelphia Museum of Art, and the University of Pennsylvania 's Rare Book and Manuscript Library Collections.
Washington, D.C. Washington is an hour and a half
from Newark . Because we are part of the Folger Consortium, students in
our program are eligible to participate in seminars offered by the Folger Shakespeare Library. The Library of Congress and the Shakespeare Theatre are also excellent resources in D.C.
New York City. There's no point in trying to list
even some of the excellent resources in New York, so we will just note
that you can get there from Newark in just two hours.
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