English, Department of



LSU English is home to world-renowned faculty, innovative course offerings, and talented students. At the heart of our work is an attention to verbal communication in spoken and written form – what humans do with language, how we do it, why we do it, and to what effects. Through the study of literature, linguistics, rhetoric, film, theory, and the craft of writing in a variety of genres and forms, we challenge students to ask questions of texts, to read beyond literal meanings, to understand how context and text interact, and to create compelling texts of their own. The value of an English degree is that the person who can write with elegance and precision, and who has the skills to interpret and analyze texts, is needed – and valued - in every area of work and life.  

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Professor Sue Weinstein
Chair, Department of English


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Award-Winning Louisiana Filmmaker, LSU Associate Professor Zack Godshall to Screen New Documentary Feature

“The Laughing Man,” a feature documentary by LSU Associate Professor of Creative Writing & Screen Arts Zack Godshall, will play at the Manship Theatre on Wednesday, Oct. 5, at 7:30 p.m. The film will be followed by a panel discussion about issues of homelessness.

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E. M. Tran in conversation with Dr. James Nguyen H. Spencer

LSU’s Creative Writing Program is excited to announce the new Delta Mouth Reading Series, an extension of its student-run Delta Mouth Literary Festival. 

On October 21, the Delta Mouth Reading Series brings to campus LSU alumnus and author E.M. Tran who will read from her debut novel Daughters of the New Year, a lively, spellbinding tale about the extraordinary women within a Vietnamese immigrant family— and the ancient zodiac legend that binds them together. 

Following the reading, the author will participate in a conversation with Dr. James Nguyen H. Spencer, Vice Provost and Dean of the Graduate School. 

The event will be held on the LSU campus in the Grand Salon of the French House on October 21 at 6:00 p.m. and is free and open to the public. 




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