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Literatures of the Americas

This area of study reflects the department’s strengths in many literary traditions of the Americas. Graduate students concentrating in this area will have opportunities to examine the Americas in relation to differing concepts of history, citizenship, nation, region and genre. Long a standout graduate program in Southern literature, we currently house forward-thinking faculty who conceive of the South in broad terms, encompassing an array of genres, media, and ethnic traditions, as well as a new geographic sense of the region that includes the Caribbean.

Personnel

Eidson Distinguished Professor in American Literature
Sterling Goodman Professor of English
Professor
Professor; Co-P.I., Culture and Community at the Penn Center and Civil Rights Digital Library;
Emeritus Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Associate Professor
Emeritus Univ. Professor of English

Research Spotlight

This area of interest examines theories of form and genre, considering the complex histories of literary forms such as the essay, novel, and lyric, as well as the equally complex histories of theorizing those forms. This area considers forms and genres, not as fixed categories, but as ever…

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