With a literature concentration, you will learn to appreciate and understand the conventions of fiction, poetry, drama, and the essay. Fundamental questions will be raised about the nature of literature: What is it? Why read it? How is life transformed into imaginative works and how do they transform our lives? Literature courses focus on close reading and analysis to develop your critical skills and to enrich your emotional and intellectual experience of literary texts.

About the Concentration

The Literature concentration focuses on reading and analyzing a variety of English-language literatures from around the world, both historic and contemporary. Students gain important skills in research, critical thinking, and written and oral expression. Through spirited discussion and debate of complex issues such as race, power, and identity, students study the ways in which historical and cultural contexts impact literary traditions, genres, and modes of expression.

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Jacob Miller '14

An English major, Jacob is pursuing his Doctor of Law at Northeastern University.

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Ohio Wesleyan University
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Chair: Mark Allison
Associate Professor of English

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