Literature ConcentrationIn 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 M.A. will find this concentration valuable.
Recent Special Topics courses:
- Being and Blackness
- Literature and Film Adaptation
- Queer World Literature
- English Dramatic Satire
- Art of Visual Argument
Those enrolled take courses in:
- British Literature
- American Literature
- World Literature
- Language and Theory
Recent M.A. theses completed under the direction of English graduate faculty with expertise in Literature include:
- T.J. Spicer, “Southern Revisionist Nostalgia: A Contemporary Queer Reframing of Faulkner’s Narratives” (2022)
- James McConville, “‘My Fading Voice Sings of Love’: Suicidal Romanticism in ‘The Dead’ and ‘Grace’” (2022)
- Nicole Picinic, “Bearing Witness and Early Social Protest Writing Through Modernist Reportage Poetry in Muriel Rukeyser’s “The Book of the Dead” (2022)
- Deanna Venezio, “The Rochester Mansion: An Insane Asylum for Victorian Women” (2022)
Program Application RequirementsTo be considered for admission, students must submit an application to Monmouth University along with a $50 application fee, and provide the following:
- Possession of a bachelor’s degree with a minimum 2.75 overall GPA, fifteen or more credits in literature or a related field is strongly recommended.
- An application essay of 1000 words describing your interest in this program, what you hope to accomplish in the M.A. program, and how you think the program will fit into your academic and career goals.
- Two letters of recommendation. Letters from current or former professors recommended; if these are unavailable, letters may be sought from current colleagues, or a current or recent supervisor.
- A writing sample in the form of a paper that best represents your academic work.
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