English Language and Rhetoric

English Language Studies — broadly understood as covering interests including rhetorical studies, rhetoric and composition, discourse analysis and stylistics, studies in Old and Middle English, English language history, language theory and pedagogy, and second language acquisition — is the primary interest and expertise of the faculty members listed below. Because of this concentration of interest, since 1992, the Department of English at the University of Washington has offered a track in English Language and Rhetoric in both the M.A. and Ph.D. program.

At the M.A. level, the language and rhetoric faculty have identified four areas of basic preparation for advanced English language and rhetoric work — foundations, theory, analysis, and application — and regularly offers courses in each of these areas. Students interested in academic emphasis on language and rhetoric studies are strongly advised to take four such courses as a part of their M.A. training.

At the Ph.D. level, for students whose interests lie primarily in language and rhetoric rather than literature, the department established a sequence of examination areas parallel to those required of literature students. For language and rhetoric students, the areas of examination are as follows:

The first two areas should be conceived of as broad teaching and research areas that offer breadth of knowledge of foundational texts and conversations in a major field or subfield in language and rhetoric. The third list can serve as a special topics list allowing students to read more deeply within a narrowed inquiry within the field, which may or may not correspond with an intended dissertation project.

The language and rhetoric faculty in the Department of English are all active teachers and scholars, with a range of disciplinary and interdisciplinary interests; many are involved in collaborative research projects. They are particularly concerned with supporting graduate English language studies in as wide a range as possible, while providing — through courses and supervision of exams — an integrated and coherent preparation for students' applications of those studies. Current graduate students in the English Language and Rhetoric track represent diverse interests that include critical discourse analysis, basic writing, ethnographic research, rhetorical studies, the teaching and theory of writing, legal discourse analysis, national language policy and history, analysis of adult literacy narratives, language and gender in the military, community-based pedagogies, genre theory, and second language acquisition.


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