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Dear Friends of the Department,

When I arrived at Carolina in 1987 as an eager English M.A. student, it was impossible to imagine that one day I would have the privilege and honor of serving as Chair of the Department of English and Comparative Literature these many years later.

It is my goal as chair to nurture and help grow the excellence that our department has always exemplified in the classroom and on the page, and now, increasingly, in digital forms. Every facet of our program holds riches and profound talents, from our undergraduates, to our 115 graduate students, to our 85 faculty. We house Creative Writing, the William Blake Archive, the Latina/o Studies Program, and the Literature, Medicine, and Culture M.A. Program. It is by way of our unrivalled First Year Writing Program that we teach every undergraduate at Carolina. Our teachers are passionately committed to preparing North Carolina’s future leaders to think critically, communicate, and innovate. Our tagline is “Moving Words, Powerful Ideas,” and it epitomizes the content and aims of our department’s endeavors.

I am very pleased to introduce our exciting new major curriculum. Undergraduates now have the opportunity to focus their studies by selecting one of seven concentrations, including British and American Literature; Comparative Literature; Creative Writing; Film Studies; Science, Medicine, and Literature; Social Justice and Literature; and Writing, Editing, and Publishing.

Many of our achievements are dependent on private support for their success. Our generous alumni and friends allow us to enrich and enhance the English and Comparative Literature Department and help provide a top-notch educational experience.

Private giving to the Department of English and Comparative Literature enables the following:

  • Fellowship support for graduate students. We are working to increase our recruitment fellowships so we will be more competitive with our peer institutions. In addition, this extra support helps our students to graduate more quickly.
  • Invest in the “ECL Experience”: The new major curriculum for undergraduates will be enhanced and grounded by pre-professional experiences in the field. Support for this new program will open up possibilities for our majors when they enter the work force.
  • Support for our esteemed faculty. The Department’s remarkable faculty, many of whom are the finest in their respective fields, are directly responsible for the success of the department. It is crucial that we provide them with support for their research, which translates to inspirational work in the classroom.

Thank you for your support.


Mary Floyd-Wilson, Chair
Department of English and Comparative Literature