Sewanee: The University of the South

Sewanee's team-taught Interdisciplinary Humanities Program introduces students to the cultural products and practices that have informed the development of Western cultures. Along with critical examination of "the West" and consideration of what it has meant--and means today--to be human, students refine their writing and speaking skills and participate actively in Humanities seminars. Though students may enroll in individual courses within the program, those who complete the entire complement of three core Humanities courses will be able to conduct interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary critical inquiry, evaluate the implications of historical change over time, and approach the study of cultures--their own and others--in intellectually informed and responsible ways.

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Professor Engel to publish with Cambridge University Press

December 4, 2013

Humanities professor Bill Engel, author of five books on intellectual history and literary studies, has a new book contract with Cambridge University Press for The Renaissance Arts of Memory: An Archival Companion of Images and Texts.

The new Humanities program launches this fall!

June 11, 2013

Sewanee’s Humanities faculty spent the week after graduation engaged in intensive planning and reexamination of the interdisciplinary Humanities program. We’re excited about our new program offerings! Explore this website for more information (and a sneak peek at syllabi for 2013-14).

Engel at Work on New Publication

April 6, 2011

Professor Engel

Humanities professor Bill Engel, author of five books on intellectual history and literary studies, has a new book at press about the debt that major figures of the American Renaissance, such as Melville and Poe, owe to medieval and baroque aesthetics. Oxford literary critic Emma Smith recently commented on Bill's latest work, Chiastic Designs in English Literature (2009): "Engel's critical vocabulary comes from Cassirer and Panofsky, and his aesthetic categories from Virgil, Ovid, and Aristotle." We all anxiously await Bill's latest project.

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