The teaching of English at Exeter is shaped by the conviction that language is the essential means of gaining self-knowledge and of participating in community.
The emphasis may vary from course to course, but the goals of instruction are constant—the development of skills of expression and of listening and understanding. The courses in our required sequence (English 110 – English 420) are differentiated primarily by the increasing complexity and sophistication in the writing we expect and in the works we read. At every level, students are likely to write in various forms and to read works representing diverse voices and experiences.
Each year, the Academy sponsors a writer-in-residence, the George Bennett Fellow. In addition, poets and prose writers regularly visit campus to read from their own work and to meet with groups of students. Two student publications, Pendulum and Peal, feature student prose and poetry.