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.
Literary Theory: Madhavi Menon, Jonathan Loesberg, Amanda Berry
Gender and Sexuality: Fiona Brideoake, Madhavi Menon, Richard Sha, Marianne Noble, Roberta Rubenstein
Literature and Science: Despina Kakoudaki, Richard Sha
Race and Ethnicity: Keith Leonard, Richard Sha
Cinema Studies: Erik Dussere, Despina Kakoudaki, Jeff Middents, David Pike, Tom Ratekin
Rhetoric and Composition: Janet Auten
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.