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Assistance for Students with Disabilities

The University of the South is committed to fostering respect for the diversity of the University community and the individual rights of each member of our community. In this spirit, and in accordance with the provisions of Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), the University seeks to provide disabled students with the reasonable accommodations needed to ensure equal access to the programs and activities of the University. While the University provides a number of services to support the academic work of all its students (including tutoring and study skills programs), additional accommodations can be made specifically for students with learning disabilities, mobility limitations, certified visual and hearing impairments, and other functional limitations as defined by the ADA via Student Accessibility Services (SAS).

SAS seeks to create an environment wherein the nature and degree of access to programs, services, and facilities, and the level of self-determination afforded qualified persons with disabilities are indistinguishable from those which are available to their peers without disabilities. Students with disabilities are afforded access as immediately and unobtrusively as possible at the point of institutional contact and are recognized for their abilities, rather than their disabilities, or stereotypical attributes ascribed to their respective physical or mental impairments.

As an office, SAS provides accommodations, consultation, and advocacy for qualified students with disabilities. Determination of student eligibility to request reasonable accommodations is made by SAS staff. SAS works collaboratively with students, faculty, and staff to create an inclusive educational environment for students with disabilities. SAS values relationships with students and seeks to promote pride in the value of one’s disability-related experience and empowers students  to self-advocate by providing them with necessary skills and support. SAS will not seek out students for accommodations and in no case will accommodations be provided retroactively. Students seeking accommodations should contact Student Accessibility Services by phone at (931) 598-1325 or email at

Intro to Grad Studies Course

This mini-seminar will introduce you to graduate-level work in our program.  It is designed to organize efficiently a process of learning that would take place in any case in your literature classes.  It will meet for about an hour on each of the first three Wednesday afternoons of the program (when no other classes are scheduled).  A fourth, optional meeting may be announced. Prior to the first meeting, there will be a Library orientation at duPont Library. 
The course is required only for new MA students, however, returning MA students, and new and returning MFA students, may enroll in the course on a space-available basis. There is no credit and no registration on Banner. An email will be sent to incoming students for sign-up. The 2018 course will be taught by Interim Director John Gatta and Professor Ross Macdonald.

Courses and Registration

The 2018 course offerings are listed below, and you can read about the courses in more detail on the Course Listing Page. Classes run June 4 through July 12. There are no classes on Wednesday, July 4 or Friday, July 13.


8:30 to 9:45, Monday - Friday        


ENGL 598 - MICHAEL GRIFFITH  Forms of Fiction


10:00 to 11:15, Monday - Friday   

ENGL 506 - ALANA LEVINSON-LABROSSE  Studies in Literature in Translation: Kurdish Poetry

ENGL 572 - BARBARA BLACK  Special Topics in British Literature: Wilde 90s


11:30 - 12:45, Monday - Friday     

ENGL 577 - JOHN ERNEST  Nineteenth Century American Literature

ENGL 504 - MICHAEL DUNAWAY  Film Studies


2:00 to 5:00 pm, Monday and Thursday  

ENGL 509 - NICKOLE BROWN  Workshop in Poetry Writing

ENGL 510A - MICHAEL GRIFFITH  Workshop in Fiction Writing

ENGL 514 - CHERI MAGID  Workshop in Screenwriting


2:00 to 5:00 pm, Tuesday and Friday     (no class Friday, July 14)

ENGL 510B - JAMIE QUATRO  Workshop in Fiction Writing

ENGL 512 - KELLY GREY CARLISLE  Workshop in Nonfiction Writing



6/6/2018 1 pm Orientation, 2-3 pm Intro to Grad Studies            Jenn Lewin

Wed June 13 and June 20, 2-3 pm Intro to Grad studies


The duPont Library

Sewanee’s Jessie Ball duPont Library houses 713,000 print volumes, along with more than 318,000 microforms and more than 20,000 records, tapes, CDs, videocassettes and DVDs. Because of the long-standing strength of the English department and allied programs such as the Sewanee Review and The Sewanee Writers' Conference, its holdings in literature and literary scholarship are especially strong. Archives and Special Collections house many rich resources including The Rick and Wilma Sommer Special Collection with its more than 3,000 volumes of Agrarian and Fugitive literature, unpublished papers of William Gay, and materials related to the Highlander Folk School and the Civil Rights Movement. The William Ralston Listening Library and Archive is located on the second floor of duPont Library. This state-of-the-art facility houses a world-class collection of recordings and features the best sound playback system available. One copy of all required texts is placed on Coursebooks on Reserve at the Circulation Desk at the Library. Coursebooks are available for checkout for a limited time.

Those resources are supplemented by cooperative agreements with other libraries, including one which gives Sewanee students borrowing privileges at the Jean and Alexander Heard Library at Vanderbilt University, an hour and a half away in Nashville. The duPont library also has computer labs and printers, equipped to accommodate Mac or PC users. One copy of all required texts is placed on Coursebooks on Reserve at the Circulation Desk at the Library. Materials are available for checkout for three hours. Students are given an orientation tour of the library during their first week.

The Library can be accessed online here: Library and Information Technology policies can be found here:

Blackboard Access

Your professors have the option to use Blackboard to post their syllabus and track assignments. Information for signing onto Blackboard can be found at here:

2018 Booklist


2017 Catalog

2018 Faculty

2018 Guest Lectures and Readings

2018 Schedule of Classes

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