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Literature holds a unique position among the disciplines. Because language is both its medium and object of study, literature serves as a point of convergence for issues that concern aesthetics, psychology, sociology, law, philosophy, anthropology, and history. At the same time, literature explores these issues from the fresh perspective of an author's singular imagination. 

American University's Department of Literature is also unique because, in addition to award-winning scholars and teachers concerned with the aesthetic and historical elements of literary study, our faculty includes accomplished creative writers and teachers of film. Thus our students are able to complement traditional literary study with the additional film and creative writing curriculum. Please see more about our



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Prof. Linda Voris's article, "Reading the Background in Gertrude Stein," was recently published in the collection, Primary Stein: Returning to the Writing of Gertrude Stein (Lexington, 2014).

Prof. Roberta Rubenstein's new book, Literary Half-Lives: Doris Lessing, Clancy Sigal, and Roman à Clef, was published by Palgrave-Macmillan on May 14, 2014.  

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Despina Kakoudaki's book, Anatomy of a Robot: Literature, Cinema, and the Cultural Work of Artificial People, was published by Rutgers University Press in July 2014.

Alumna Amy Stoll appointed Literature Director at NEA.

Alumnus Abdul Ali won the 2014 New Issues Poetry Prize.

Prof David Keplinger won the Cavafy Prize from Poetry International for "The Life of Simone Weil."

Prof Richard McCann reappointed for third term as Vice President of the PEN/Faulkner Foundation.

Erik Dussere's America Is Elsewhere: The Noir Tradition in the Age of Consumer Culture won the 2014 Edgar Award for Best Critical/Biographical Work.

Richard Sha's co-edited book, Romanticism and the Emotions, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. Together with Theresa M. Kelley, he is launching a gallery of Romantic Visual Culture on Romantic Circles.

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