Degree:
B.A.
Division:
Humanities
Program Options:
Area of Concentration, Joint Concentration, Secondary Field

The Literature AOC combines literature from diverse cultures across languages and genres. Students read widely, from Homer, Shakespeare, and Austen to Dostoevsky, Proust, García Márquez, Adichie, Castellanos, Mackey, and Yu Hua to explore literary expression across linguistic, national, and historic boundaries.

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.

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

Contact Us

Humanities Division

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Literature Faculty

Debarati Biswas Visiting Assistant Professor of English
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Literature English
Tetyana Dzyadevych Visiting Assistant Professor of Russian Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Literature Russian Language and Literature
Alexandra Hagen Visiting Assistant Professor of German
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division German Language and Literature Literature
Sonia Labrador-Rodriguez Associate Professor of Spanish Language and Literature
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Spanish Language and Literature Literature
Fang-yu Li Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Chinese Language and Culture Literature
Mariam Manzur-Leiva Instructor of Spanish Language and Literature
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Spanish Language and Literature Literature
Nova Myhill Professor of English and Theater, Dance & Performance Studies
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division English Literature Medieval and Renaissance Studies Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
Jose Alberto Portugal Professor of Spanish Language and Literature
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Spanish Language and Literature Literature
Amy Reid Professor of French & Gender Studies, Director of the Gender Studies Program
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division French Language, Literature and Culture Gender Studies Literature
David Rohrbacher Professor of Classics
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Classics Greek Latin Literature Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Carl Shaw Professor of Classics
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Classics Greek Latin Literature
Wendy Sutherland Associate Professor of German Language
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division German Language and Literature Literature Humanities Concentration
Jocelyn Van Tuyl Professor of French Language and Literature
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division French Language, Literature and Culture Literature
Miriam L. Wallace Professor of English and Gender Studies
Humanities Division Chair
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division English Gender Studies Health, Culture and Societies Literature
Alina Wyman Associate Professor of Russian Language and Literature
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Russian Language and Literature Literature
Jessica Young Assistant Professor of English
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division English Literature
Robert Zamsky Professor of English
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division English Literature
Jing Zhang Associate Professor of Chinese Language and Culture
International & Area Studies Director
Office / Division / Concentration Humanities Division Chinese Language and Culture International & Area Studies Literature Medieval and Renaissance Studies