Division of Languages and Literature

Updated August 28, 2019


Advising Faculty


1.     Marisa Libbon (director fall ‘19)

2.     Rebecca Cole Heinowitz (director) (on leave fall ‘19)

3.     Jaime Alves (MAT program)

4.     Franco Baldasso

5.     Thomas Bartscherer

6.     Alex Benson

7.     Jonathan Brent

8.     Mary Caponegro       

9.     Nicole Caso

10.   Maria Sachiko Cecire

11.   Robert L. Cioffi (on leave 2019-20)

12.   Lauren Curtis

13.   Ziad Dallas

14.   Deirdre d'Albertis

15.   Mark Danner

16.   Adhaar Noor Desai

17.   Nuruddin Farah

18.   Peter Filkins

19.   Elizabeth Frank

20.   Derek Furr (MAT program)

21.   Stephen Graham

22.   Donna Ford Grover

23.   Elizabeth N. Holt (on leave spring ‘20)

24.   Thomas Keenan

25.   Robert Kelly

26.   Franz R. Kempf

27.   Marina Kostalevsky

28.   Ann Lauterbach

29.   Peter L’Official

30.   Patricia Lopez-Gay

31.   Joseph Luzzi

32.   Daniel Mendelsohn

33.   Alys Moody

34.   Bradford Morrow

35.   Matthew Mutter (on leave spring ‘20)

36.   Melanie Nicholson

37.   Joseph O’Neill

38.   Francine Prose

39.   Dina Ramadan

40.   Susan Fox Rogers

41.   James Romm

42.   Justus Rosenberg

43.   Nathan Shockey

44.   Karen Sullivan (on leave spring ‘20)

45.   Eric Trudel

46.   David Ungvary

47.   Marina van Zuylen

48.   Olga Voronina

49.   Thomas Wild

50.   Daniel Williams

51.   Li-Hua Ying




Program Requirements


Moderation Requirements:


1.     LIT 201 Narrative / Poetics / Representation (LIT 201 replaces the former LIT 103 moderation requirement. Students who have already taken LIT 103 do not need to take LIT 201.)

2.     one LIT Sequence Course (U.S. Literature I, II, III, or IV; Comparative Literature A I, II, or III; or English Literature I, II, or III)

3.     any course from the Division of Languages and Literature (e.g. Shakespeare)

4.     any course from the Division of Languages and Literature (e.g. First Fiction Workshop)

5.     any course from the Division of Languages and Literature (e.g. Spanish 110)


Only one writing workshop and one foreign language course can be used to satisfy the three elective moderation requirements.  In addition to the two short papers required of all moderating students, Literature students submit a 10-12 page critical essay for moderation. The critical essay should represent what the student feels to be his or her strongest work to date and should ideally be taken from a sequence course.


Graduation Requirements:


6.     a second LIT Sequence Course - from the same sequence as the first, though it need not be consecutive (US Lit III may be taken before US Lit I).  This course may be taken as one of the three electives for moderation, and if not, must be taken prior to the start of the senior year.

7.     300-level LIT course (a Junior Seminar may fulfill this requirement)

8.     Senior Project I & Senior Colloquium

9.     Senior Project II & Senior Colloquium


Pre-1800 and Post-1800 Courses: By the time of graduation, students must take at least one course which focuses on literature written before 1800 and at least one course which focuses on literature written after 1800. Courses that satisfy the pre-1800 requirements will be designated as such in the course list.  Please note that this requirement is in addition to the two sequence courses required above.  The three elective moderation requirements and the 300-level LIT course, however, may be used to fulfill this requirement.


Literature Majors writing a project are required to enroll in the year-long Senior Colloquium.  


Post-Moderation Recommendations (not required but strongly encouraged):


1.     at least one course from the menu of offerings in World Literature

2.     a Junior Seminar in Literature before embarking on the Senior Project