The Ph.D. in Literary and Textual Studies grows out of interdisciplinary developments
in the humanities in recent decades that seek to emphasize the importance of discourse
in structuring human experience. The concentration in Textual Studies assumes a broadened
definition of texts that spans both "high" and "low" culture, as well as methodologies
that take into account a broad variety of historical and cultural materials.
Using these developments as a starting point, Textual Studies courses will place texts
within complex social constructions. Literary texts may be included in a textual studies
course; however, when literary texts do come into play, they are viewed as an embedded
constitutive cultural element.
For more information:
Video Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies Concentration (YouTube)