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MA Literature | Faculty and Courses


Fax: 202-885-2938
Battelle Tompkins, Room 237

Burgtorf, Michael R
Sr. Administrative Assistant

4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW
Washington, DC 20016-8047


Our faculty has strengths in the following areas: cinema studies (including international cinema, with concentrations in Latin American and Canadian cinema, the silent era, and the history of film), theory (including science studies, theories of the imagination, queer theory, and feminist theory), and pre-19th century literature (including classical drama, Medieval and Renaissance literature, and Shakespeare). We also offer regular classes on rhetoric and composition.

  • Pre-19th: Fiona Brideoake, Deborah Payne, Anita Sherman, Dustin Friedman, Richard Sha, Kathleen Smith
  • Theory
  • Literary Theory: Amanda Berry
    Gender and Sexuality: Fiona Brideoake, Richard Sha, Marianne Noble, Roberta Rubenstein, Dustin Friedman, Lindsey Green-Simms, Lily Wong, Tom Ratekin, Amanda Berry
    Literature and Science: Despina Kakoudaki, Richard Sha
    Race and Ethnicity: Keith Leonard, Richard Sha, Lily Wong
  • Cinema Studies: Erik Dussere, Despina Kakoudaki, Jeff Middents, David Pike, Tom Ratekin, Lindsey Green-Simms, Lily Wong
  • Rhetoric and Composition: Janet Auten
  • Postcolonial Studies: Lindsey Green-Simms, Lily Wong, Jeff Middents, Dustin Friedman

Full faculty profiles can be viewed on the faculty directory. A more detailed list of faculty research areas can be viewed on the faculty research page.


For current class offerings, times, and additional information, please visit the Office of the Registrar's Schedule of Classes. Course descriptions can be found on the literature course description page.

The Department of Literature offers graduate seminars as well as somewhat larger courses—rarely over twenty-five students and typically smaller—that also enroll a cross-section of students from the department's other programs, including MFA students and advanced undergraduate literature majors. Courses are offered during both daytime and evening hours.

At least six of the twelve courses required for completion of the program must be graduate seminars, which are limited to fifteen students. Students thus have ample opportunities to get to know their peers and their professors in a supportive learning environment.