PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies

The PhD in Literary and Cultural Studies emphasizes the importance of discourse in structuring human experience. The program assumes a broadened definition of “texts” that places literature in its historical and cultural contexts and in conversation with critical theory and interdisciplinary methodologies. Students take core courses in British, American, and African American Literature and Culture, as well as Theory and Methodology. And they have the opportunity to develop their own unique course of study by taking specialized seminars that explore the complex intersections of literature and culture.

Recent Course Offerings:

Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts MovementSouthern Gothic LiteratureRealism: Old, New, WeirdBlack Women and the Fantastic
(Left to right: Amiri Baraka and the Black Arts Movement; American Literary Movements: Southern Gothic Literature; Realisms: Old, New, Weird; Black Women and the Fantastic)


Learn more about the PhD Comprehensive Exams and the PhD Dissertation Prospectus for the Literary and Cultural Studies concentration. You can also download our PhD Advising Worksheet here. 

Comprehensive Exam Reading Lists:
African American Literature Through the Harlem Renaissance
African American Literature Since the Harlem Renaissance
American Literature to 1865
American Literature Since 1865
British Literature to 1750
British Literature Since 1750

Literary and Cultural Studies Faculty Bookshelf

God is ChangeFuriously FunnyMiddle English LyricMarket for Modernism
(Left to right: God is Change by Shelby Crosby; Furiously Funny by Terrence Tucker; What Kind of a Thing is a Middle English Lyric? by Cristina Maria Cervone; Contemporary Fiction, Celebrity Culture, and the Market for Modernism by Carey Mickalites)

Literary and Cultural Studies Coordinator:
Dr. Darryl Domingo

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