English, Department of



The LSU English Department has an illustrious history, once boasting having Pulitzer Prize winning novelist and poet Robert Penn Warren, author of All the King’s Men, and critic Cleanth Brooks, a founder of the New Criticism, on its faculty.  Today we continue that tradition of creative writing and innovative criticism by offering concentrations in Literature, Creative Writing, Secondary Education, and Rhetoric, Writing, and Culture.  Our faculty has published on everything from Chaucer to comic books. Our teachers have won numerous University awards and are eager to serve the diverse students who come to LSU.  Our undergraduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, including law, medicine, business, journalism, advertising, the arts, and education.  Our graduate students have gone on to academic careers, as well as careers in education and the arts.     

Go to Undergraduate and Graduate Course Descriptions to see examples of what our Department has to offer and browse “About Us” to learn about our faculty, journals, and more. 

Professor Joseph Kronick
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.


LSU Ph.D. candidate examines themes and androids from “Blade Runner”

Seeing a world increasing its reliance on artificial intelligence, or AI, LSU Ph.D. candidate Zita Hüsing decided to take a closer look at AI through fiction. Using the fictional androids seen in the movie “Blade Runner,” Hüsing is examining how AI plays a part in American labor and capitalism, and its impact on disability, race and gender. Hüsing, who is originally from Stuttgart, Germany, is in her fourth year in the English Ph.D. program.

“My research and teaching areas are primarily 20th and 21st century American literature and science fiction studies while also engaging in African American studies, disability studies, and women and gender studies,” Hüsing said.

She shares more insight into her research, and its implications on the world around us. 




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