Division of Languages and Literature

Updated April 30, 2019


Advising Faculty


1.     Rebecca Cole Heinowitz (director)

2.     Jaime Alves (MAT program)

3.     Franco Baldasso (leave of absence spring ‘19)

4.     Thomas Bartscherer

5.     Alex Benson

6.     Jonathan Brent

7.     Mary Caponegro       

8.     Nicole Caso

9.     Maria Sachiko Cecire

10.   Robert L. Cioffi

11.   Lauren Curtis

12.   Ziad Dallas

13.   Deirdre d'Albertis

14.   Mark Danner

15.   Adhaar Noor Desai (leave of absence spring ’19)

16.   Nuruddin Farah

17.   Peter Filkins

18.   Elizabeth Frank

19.   Derek Furr (MAT program)

20.   Stephen Graham

21.   Donna Ford Grover

22.   Elizabeth N. Holt

23.   Jason Kavett

24.   Thomas Keenan

25.   Robert Kelly

26.   Franz R. Kempf

27.   Marina Kostalevsky

28.   Ann Lauterbach

29.   Marisa Libbon

30.   Peter L’Official (leave of absence spring ’19)

31.   Patricia Lopez-Gay

32.   Joseph Luzzi

33.   Joseph Mansky

34.   Daniel Mendelsohn

35.   Bradford Morrow

36.   Matthew Mutter

37.   Melanie Nicholson

38.   Joseph O’Neill

39.   Francine Prose

40.   Dina Ramadan

41.   Susan Fox Rogers

42.   James Romm

43.   Justus Rosenberg

44.   Nathan Shockey

45.   Karen Sullivan

46.   Eric Trudel

47.   David Ungvary

48.   Marina van Zuylen

49.   Olga Voronina

50.   Thomas Wild (leave of absence spring ’19)

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