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Master of Arts in Literature

Welcome to the M.A. Literature Program

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We offer students an array of possibilities. Classes are small, providing ample opportunity for association with faculty and visiting writers. Students select courses from a wide range of topics, periods, and genres in British and American literature, as well as in critical theory. Regular offerings range from medieval women writers to contemporary poetry, drama, film, and fiction. 


Students may choose a minor from dozens of other graduate programs across the university, or they may choose an area of emphasis from a wide variety of specialties. In addition to traditional literary studies, specialties include African-American literature, Chicanx literature, children’s literature, composition theory and practice, critical theory, studies in the American Southwest, postmodernism, technical communication, and women’s studies. 

The graduate faculty’s diverse scholarly interests include political fiction, medieval pilgrimage literature, Irish and Canadian literature, women’s literature, Beat poetry, literature and music, Victorian periodicals, Shakespearean performance, Native-American literature, and magical realism. The professors have received many grants and awards and have published hundreds of books and articles.

Please explore all our program has to offer. As a prospective student, you will find links to important dates/deadlines, admission requirements, student support services, and degree requirements. You will also discover our faculty, guest lecturers, and class descriptions.

Our current students will find course offerings, information on upcoming events, and important forms to download.