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Ph.D. in Literary and Cultural Studies
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:

English Gradbook
Graduate Catalog
PhD Exam
Video Introduction to Literary and Cultural Studies Concentration (YouTube)

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