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The Literature BA Program

Students majoring in literature at Purchase College learn to read texts closely and critically and to understand literature in relation to the social and historical conditions in which it is written and read.

Program Highlights

  • The principal focus of the major is British and American literature; the program places these national literatures in an international frame. Thus, students may count toward the major courses in French, Spanish, and other literatures, in translation or in the original language.
  • In addition to courses in traditional literatures, students may take courses in contemporary literature, theatre, popular culture, and film.
  • Feminist inquiry, the critical study of race, and other theoretical or interdisciplinary approaches are central to the literature curriculum.
  • In learning to read, write, and think about literature and the world it reflects, inhabits, and creates, students gain valuable preparation for advanced academic study and for the professional world.

Literature Faculty (Board of Study)
Anthony Paul Domestico, PhD, Yale University
Gari LaGuardia, PhD, University of Pennsylvania
Elise V. Lemire, PhD, Rutgers University
Kathleen A. McCormick, PhD, University of Connecticut
Gaura Narayan, PhD, Columbia University
Mariel Rodney, PhD, Columbia University
Lee Schlesinger, PhD, Yale University
Aviva Taubenfeld, PhD, Columbia University
Gary Waller, PhD, University of Cambridge

For additional information:
School of Humanities Faculty

For program goals and updates during 2016–2018, please visit www.purchase.edu/departments/AcademicPrograms/LAS/humanities/

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