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Literature Concentration

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 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
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. Students also have the opportunity to join a lively book discussion, held monthly on Zoom, as part of the Tuesday Night Book Club. 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.

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)
The Monmouth University Library binds, catalogs, digitizes and stores for future access all M.A. 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