Offering literary study and creative writing


 Since we cannot separate language or literature from their cultural and intellectual contexts, the literature component of the English major at Franklin & Marshall offers a substantial historical base, with core courses on topics in the traditional periods of British and American literature.

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Creative Writing

 The track in creative writing joins the passion for language and imaginative writing with the study of literature. It is built upon the premise that reading widely and deeply in literature, including contemporary literature, is essential to becoming a skilled creative writer: in other words, that the best writers are also avid, engaged readers.

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The Pulse

Story 2/5/2016

Writer's Story: Danticat Touches on Memory of Experience

"I became a writer because I was told stories, and it's a really big part of what I try to copy from the time that I was very young," author Edwidge Danticat, the 2016 Hausman Lecturer, told a...

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Story 2/2/2016

Haitian-American Novelist Edwidge Danticat to Deliver 2016...

When she arrived in the United States, Edwidge Danticat was a shy, 12-year-old Haitian girl "on the cusp of adolescence," reuniting with parents she had not seen for years. To express her conflicting...

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Story 12/17/2015

Teagle Grant Supports Linking of Business, Liberal Arts

F&M  and two collaborating institutions — Bucknell University and the University of Pennsylvania — have received a $280,000 grant from the Teagle Foundation to continue work linking business...

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Story 11/16/2015

Students Talk Shop With Cast and Crew of Acclaimed Broadway...

Students enrolled in English classes at F&M and members of the Philadelphia Alumni Writers House community traveled to New York City in late October to see the musical, "Fun Home," and get a...

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Story 11/5/2015

Acclaimed Author, Memoirist Andre Dubus III to Read from...

Bestselling novelist and memoirist Andre Dubus III comes to Franklin & Marshall College Nov. 11 and 12 to discuss the craft and writing and interact with students. 

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Story 11/4/2015

Melissa Stein '99 Returns to Campus

Dr. Melissa Stein '99, an assistant professor at the University of Kentucky, returned to F&M to visit classes and give a public lecture. 

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Story 10/29/2015

Pulitzer Prize-Winner Recounts Tale of Immigrant Children...

Sonia Nazario,  author of the book "Enrique’s Journey,” spoke to a riveted audience in Mayser Gym during F&M's Oct. 29 Common Hour. 

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Story 10/7/2015

An Ancient Greek Epic: Reading the Iliad Across Campus

A tradition for liberal arts colleges is the 24-hour reading of ancient Greek epics, typically called "Homerathons." In late October, Franklin & Marshall College will honor that tradition.

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Story 9/24/2015

Playwright Shares Words and Songs To Help Repair The World

Among the so-called "1 million suggestions" she brought to share at Franklin & Marshall College this week, award-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parker offered a simple yet pertinent reminder in this...

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Story 6/24/2015

Still Life With A Bird Field Guide

Inspired after a chance encounter in the basement of a Lancaster County museum, a Franklin & Marshall professor, with help from his Hackman Scholar, is pursuing a book about birds. 

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