Program Options

Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

About the Literature Area of Concentration

Literature students pursue a wide variety of topics through both formal courses and collaboratively designed tutorials. Some Literature students want to dig deeply into Latin American novels or French fin-de-siècle fiction. Still others want to explore Chinese film, American experimental poetics, German bourgeois dramas or philosophical Russian novels. Whatever your interest, you will work side by side with faculty members in our Languages and Literatures programs. You’ll also have the opportunity to explore a broad range of approaches, applying your analytic skills to written texts, performance, film, visual and digital media, and beyond. Working with faculty from all of our language and literature programs (Classics, Chinese, English, French, German, Russian and Spanish), you will sharpen your analytical skills through close reading and in-depth discussions of texts and gain a deeper understanding and empathy for people from different backgrounds and traditions. And because the study of culture and language go hand in hand, the Literature AOC is also a good gateway to traveling, studying, and working abroad.

Featured Course

Recent courses

  • Black Mountain and New York School Poetry
  • Electronic Literature: Intermediate/Advanced Creative Writing Workshop
  • Literary Theory: Slavic and East European Approaches
  • Fantasy in Russia and Germany: Intercultural Dialogues
  • Greek and Roman Lyric Poetry
  • How a Woman Becomes a Lake and Other Unheroic Acts: A Craft Seminar in Gender and Genre Bending
  • Law & Literature: Narrative and Rhetoric in Action
  • Literary Movements of 19th Century France
  • Modern & Contemporary Chinese Literature
  • Short Story Workshop
  • Performing Gender, Class and Identity in Early Modern Drama
  • Race, Writing and World Making: An Introduction to African American Literature
  • Reading Poetry
  • Straying from the Path: Red Riding Hood in Text and Film
  • Twentieth-Century British and American Drama: Realism and Its Discontents

Career Pathways

  • ESOL Teacher
  • Attorney & Public Defender
  • Library Sciences
  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Web Development
  • Entrepreneur in Translation Services

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Literature Faculty

Dr. Sonia Labrador-Rodriguez

Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Literature

Dr. Fang-yu Li

Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture

Mariam Manzur-Leiva

Director of Teaching & Learning

Quality Matters Coordinator & Teaching Online Certificate Facilitator

Dr. Nova Myhill

Professor of English and Theater, Dance & Performance Studies

Dr. Jose Alberto Portugal

Professor of Spanish Language and Literature

Dr. Amy Reid

Professor of French Language and Literature

Director of Gender Studies

Dr. David Rohrbacher

Professor of Classics

Dr. Carl Shaw

Professor of Classics

Dr. Wendy Sutherland

Professor of German & Black European and Diaspora Studies

Dr. Alina Wyman

Professor of Russian Language and Literature

Dr. Jessica Young

Assistant Professor of Global English

Faculty Steward of the Dr. Helen N. Fagin Collection in Holocaust, Genocide, and Human Rights

Dr. Robert L. Zamsky

Associate Provost for Academic and Faculty Affairs

Professor of English

Dr. Jing Zhang

Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture

International & Area Studies Director

Dr. Arthur Miller

Professor Emeritus of British and American Literature