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  • Literature Concentration

    In the Literature concentration, students can study a broad range of literature or work closely with one or more faculty members to pursue a more narrowly focused field. Current or prospective teachers interested in broadening their knowledge of literature, those interested in careers in publishing, as well as students interested in pursuing graduate study beyond the MA will find this concentration valuable.

    Those enrolled take courses in:

    • British Literature
    • American Literature
    • World Literature
    • Language and Theory

    Literature track students benefit from working with published scholars, many of whom are established leaders in their fields of expertise. Students also benefit from attending lectures by visiting scholars who are speakers in the "Distinguished Speakers Series," the "Ink and Electricity" series, or the "Lowbrow, Middlebrow, Highbrow" series. They have the opportunity to participate in workshops with creative writers from around the country who are invited to Monmouth's campus as part of our Visiting Writers' Series. More informal brown bag workshops on topics ranging from advanced graduate study, career development, mentoring, thesis preparation, proposal writing, and conference presentations, expand the extra-curricular offerings of the English Graduate Program.

    MA theses completed under the direction of English graduate faculty with expertise in Literature include:

    • "Looking through the Kaleidoscope: Into the Genre(s) of Moll Flanders " by Erin Fu, directed by Dr. Susan Goulding
    • "Carol Kennicott's Articulation of Voice in Main Street by Sinclair Lewis" by Md. Shahriar Kabir, directed by Dr. Mary Kate Azcuy
    • "Of Canons and Cauldrons: Harry Potter, National Culture, and Canon Exclusivity" by Jennifer Lyons, directed by Kristin Bluemel

    The Monmouth University Library binds, catalogs, digitizes and stores for future access all MA theses that have been successfully defended by their student authors. Graduates of the Program receive a bound copy of their thesis.

  • Coming to Monmouth University to complete my Master’s in English Literature has given me a chance to pursue old interests and develop new ones. I’ve learned so much, not only from the wonderful professors here, but from my peers in the classroom. The thoughtful focus on the contemporary role of literature, theory, and writing has prepared me for whatever comes next. Daphne M. Keller