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Graduate Program

Graduate Program of Literatures in English

The English Graduate Program boasts an outstanding placement record, thanks to our superb faculty, our comprehensive and integrated curriculum, our structured mentoring programs, and our broad range of pedagogical opportunities and training.  Our faculty teach in all the major periods of British, U.S., and global Anglophone literature, as well as the history of the book, literary and cultural theory, and postcolonial studies.  Our department is known for its work in feminist and gender studies, as is Rutgers as a whole, and we have specialists in women’s writing in every historical period.  We also offer many courses in drama and performance studies, in digital humanities, and in literary theory.  One of our particular strengths is African-American literary studies, in which we have a large group of faculty and students.

Our curriculum provides rigorous training in literary history and form.  At the same time, we offer courses in the general area of cultural studies, as well as those that engage in the critical study of historical and current debates about class, race, gender, and sexuality.  Offerings are balanced from year to year to make sure students have access to the courses they most need.  These courses include a wide range of theoretical approaches, as well as the opportunity to pursue interdisciplinary studies.  To the latter end, students may also take courses in other departments, notably History, the language departments, Philosophy, Art History, and Political Science.  Rutgers also offers avenues for interdisciplinary study through the Center for Cultural Analysis, the British Studies Center, the Institute for Research on Women, and other organizations affiliated with the English Department.  In addition, students may take courses at nearby universities (including Princeton, Columbia, NYU, and the University of Pennsylvania) through our graduate school consortium.

All stages of the program include workshops and individual supervision tailored to students’ evolving intellectual and professional needs.  Rutgers has a nationally-recognized program in undergraduate writing that enables our students to become effective teachers. In addition to mentored teaching assistantships, we endeavor to provide advanced graduate students the opportunity to teach literature courses of their own design.  We have found this training to be an especially compelling feature of our students’ dossiers when they apply for academic jobs.

Our former students have become leaders in their fields, teaching at a remarkable range of institutions and publishing books that are shaping the fields to come. We invite you to visit our Graduate Bookshelf.

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