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Literature MA

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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


Prof. Despina Kakoudaki
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.

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.

The New Yorker features "A Raised Hand" by Rachel Louise Snyder

Creative Writing MFA Director David Keplinger's Inventing Isaac P. Anderson (forthcoming) is featured in the AU Magazine article,
"The Man in the Box" by Ali Kahn.  

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