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Literature MA

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What Lit Are You?

The literature BA program offers students the chance to choose one of four exciting tracks, or focuses of study. In the Literary Studies track, students come to understand why literature matters: how it defines culture, the human, and our values, and how it facilitates empathy. The Cinema Studies track allows students to study literature alongside cinema and to discern the ways that cinema as a language and art shapes our society. In our new Transcultural Studies track, students focus on various cultural texts (such as literature, theater, film, television, and social media) in a global and multicultural context. Lastly, the Creative Writing track gives students the opportunity to hone their craft and improve their poetry or prose in close-knit workshops. In each of the tracks, students work with dedicated, award-winning faculty who pay close attention to the needs of each individual. 

Literature majors garner excellent writing and communication skills. They know how to learn, to analyze and comprehend other viewpoints, and to argue for ideas. Literature majors have a range of employment and internship opportunities. Ninety percent of our majors hold internships. In terms of careers, they work in publishing, public radio, law, education, advocacy, and politics.

Employers in all sectors are increasingly saying that they need employees who can write well and communicate, and lit majors find themselves well prepared for the competitive job market. They also take advantage of a wide array of study abroad opportunities. View testimonials of how the literature degree helped prepare our graduates for their careers.

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Prof. Stephanie Grant's new essay, "Postpartum," was published on the New Yorker website in Dec. 2015.

Prof. Roberta Rubenstein's Doris Lessing's The Golden Notebook After Fifty, coedited with Alice Ridout and Sandra Singer, was published by Palgrave in May 2015. It features a new essay by Rubenstein.

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).

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Students, alums, and faculty discuss possible futures.

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.

Alumna Amy Stolls 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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