Graduate Emphasis: Literature


Course Descriptions
People Degrees Admission to Graduate Program
Teaching Assistantships & Funding


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The Department of English offers a wide range of courses on English, American, and Anglophone literature.  Our graduate faculty publish frequently in leading academic journals and have recent and forthcoming scholarly books on a rich variety of topics, from Arthurian legend to the Arctic in the nineteenth-century British imagination, Shakespeare’s first folios to postmodern American lyric, satire in eighteenth-century England to South Asian literature, London in the plays of Ben Jonson to style in the fiction of Flannery O’Connor, twentieth-century British travel narrative to African-American crime fiction. Our research and teaching involve the following critical approaches: cultural studies and theory; narrative and genre studies; textual editing and archival studies; and the study of literature, environment, and science.  We have particular strength in Early Modern studies and literature of the global twentieth century.  In addition to teaching graduate seminars in English, many of our faculty participate in the university’s Gender, Race, and Identity Program, which offers a graduate certificate, and teach in the interdisciplinary Core Humanities program for undergraduates.

Graduates of our PhD program have been appointed to tenure-track positions at colleges and universities across the country and abroad. MA graduates have gone on to advanced study in areas including English, law, education, library and information science, and business, and to careers in politics, business, editing, and many other fields. Our students are active in the profession, from organizing panels at national conferences to working in research archives abroad with rare Shakespearean texts.  Students may apply for support to present their original scholarship at conferences and for summer assistantships to work with faculty on such projects as preparing manuscripts for publication and conducting new research. Graduate students teach regularly in both the Core Writing and Core Humanities programs; doctoral candidates have opportunities to teach individually designed literature courses.

For more information about our faculty, please see the Faculty Biography pages

For more information about our graduate students’ research, please see the list of recent dissertations.

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