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Instruction in rhetorical composition, critical reading, reflection, and writing as recursive process. Across themed sections, students engage with diverse genres. Courses share some common assignments including research writing and final student-curated portfolio with reflection project. Fulfils the first year writing requirement.

Freshman-only seminar designed to engage students in various aspects of inquiry and research with close guidance of a faculty member.

This course draws on classical, modern, and contemporary texts to introduce skills required for reading comparatively across national traditions and academic disciplines with an emphasis on close reading, critical interpretation, and the multiplicity of linguistic traditions around the world.

This course introduces students to the way translation between different literatures, literary genres, and new media impacts our comparative reading of texts.

Advanced Courses

An introduction to a specific method of literary criticism or theoretical approach as applied through close textual interpretations.

Learning to read literature from a theoretical viewpoint, its formal properties, distinctive features, origins, purposes, and mode of existence; representative critics and schools from contemporary and earlier periods.


A study of literary texts and their complex interplay with other disciplines (e.g. literature and psychoanalysis, literature and philosophy, literature and law, and literature and religion).


Modern literatures form around the world taught in a comparative or global framework. Course may be repeated when topic changes.


Lively topical or theoretical approaches to a given set of literary texts or problems. May be repeated for credit when subject varies.


This course is designed to give advanced students the opportunity to investigate intensively an area of special interest. A reading knowledge of one foreign language is prerequisite. Topics may vary, but the goal of the course remains unchanged: the courses focuses on contemporary literary theory.

A seminar devoted to the intensive close reading of literary and other texts.

Open to students with the approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies. Open to candidates for honors in their senior year.

Directed studies of special topics in literature. Open to students with consent of instructor and approval of the Director of Undergraduate Studies.