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Retiring NC State poet helped save endangered script from extinction
After trending toward extinction for decades, the fate of Vietnam’s ancient script, Chữ Nôm, now has a healthier outlook. NC State English professor John Balaban has helped lead many of the developments that kick-started Nôm’s rebound from an endangered calligraphic way of writing to a preserved tradition. [...]
Experiencing King from New Angles
NC State digital humanities scholars are using technology to illuminate Martin Luther King Jr.’s words in new ways, allowing the public to not only read or listen to his speeches, but experience them. [...]
English Professor's Film Brings Oxford Archaeological Project to Life
"Great Houses Make Not Men Holy," a film co-created by professor of medieval and early modern literature Jim Knowles, virtually reconstructs a medieval friary at Oxford, England. [...]
Online Tool Aims to Help Researchers Sift Through 15 Centuries of Data
Digital humanities scholars from NC State University and Texas A&M University are launching a powerful new system to help researchers more quickly and accurately sift through hundreds of thousands of archives and articles related to materials dating from 450 A.D. [...]
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Welcome to NC State's Department of English!

A mastery of English is often the key to success in every profession that requires communication, compassion, and understanding among human beings. Many famous people started out as English majors, and our own NC State English majors have gone on to successful careers in public relations, technical and corporate communication, law, teaching, editing, creative writing, sales and marketing, journalism, and more.


"NCSU was an ideal graduate school experience for me. Many of my professors were passionate and attentive. In fact, I credit two of those professors in particular for giving me the foundation I needed to be where I am now--a full time writer with multiple NYT Times and internationally bestselling novels."

Melissa Marr, author of the WICKED LOVELY series for young adults and GRAVEMINDER for the adult market                                                                                                                                                       

Quote of the Month: January 2016

"A reader lives a thousand lives before he dies. The man who never reads lives only one."

                                                                                   - George R.R. Martin

Read previous quotes here.

Calendar Events

February 17, 2016

CWSP's Brown Bag Lunch with Dr. Dana Gierdowski

12:00 PM | Tompkins Hall, Room 131B
February 17, 2016

Diversity Lecture: 'Institutional Cultural Change: Leadership and Inclusive Excellence'

5:00 PM | Hatteras-Ocracoke Ballroom, Talley Student Union

Writing Resources: 

Visit http://english.chass.ncsu.edu/graduate/ and scroll to the bottom for a list of on-campus writing resources for graduate students.

MLK Dream Resounds in Historic Audio

Jason Miller's King's First Dream project is making the first ever recording of Dr. Martin Luther's King "I Have a Dream" speech available online. The website kingsfirstdream.com (not yet live) will include historical background, photographs, interviews, and hyperlinks to over 89 annotations on the speech. This speech took place in Rocky Mount, North Carolina a full eight months before King's famous speech at the March on Washington in 1963. The project has received coverage on the CBS and ABC National Evening News, the BBC, and in USA Today. It was also featured by Charlie Rose on the CBS Morning Show and named the "Best New Thing in the World Today" on the Rachel Maddow Show. In addition to being featured in hundreds of local newspapers and on radio stations, articles have been published in Canada and Japan and even translated into German and Italian. Dr. Miller was also interviewed on NPR and live on CNN.

CNN Interview
NPR "Morning Edition" with Rene Montagne
Sample clip from the documentary film