International Literature

In today’s interconnected, globalizing, and multicultural world, scholars and teachers are increasingly recognizing the value of studying literature across national boundaries, and of studying works outside of the British and American traditions.  The International Literature concentration provides both courses that focus on foundational ancient texts (The Bible as Literature, Ancient Tragedy) and those that emphasize the cultural products of South America, Africa, Europe, and Asia (Brazilian Literature and Culture, International Film).  It trains students to think about the relationship of literary works to international and global political changes and events, to examine the ways that different aesthetic traditions vary over history, and to study with critical acuity the complex and dynamic processes of cultural development and exchange.  Recent courses include Banned Poets, the Romantic Movement, and Science Fiction.  Note: Courses in Irish Literature, while listed as part of the British concentration, may also be counted towards fulfilling the International concentration.