Division of Languages and Literature

Website: http://writtenarts.bard.edu

Updated August 23, 2019



Advising Faculty


1.     Dinaw Mengestu (director)

2.     Susan Fox Rogers (assistant director)

3.     Mary Caponegro

4.     Benjamin Hale (on leave fall 2019)

5.     Michael Ives

6.     Robert Kelly

7.     Ann Lauterbach

8.     Valeria Luiselli

9.     Wyatt Mason

10.   Daniel Mendelsohn

11.   Chiori Miyagawa

12.   Bradford Morrow (on leave fall 2019)

13.   Joseph O'Neill

14.   Philip Pardi

15.   Francine Prose

16.   Luc Sante

17.   Mona Simpson


Non-advising Faculty:


1.     Ian Buruma

2.     Neil Gaiman



Program Requirements


Moderation Requirements:


1.     Successful completion of one workshop in the Written Arts Program

2.     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.)

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

4.     any additional course from the Division of Languages and Literature

5.     any additional course from the Division of Languages and Literature


Graduation Requirements:


6.     Senior Project I

7.     Senior Project II


Students are expected to develop a plan of study with their adviser and continue their study of literature every semester. Emphasis should be on courses in comparative literature, translation, literary history, historical studies, philosophy and linguistics, as well as in the other arts.



Sample Program of Study


First Year

Sophomore Year

Junior Year

Senior Year


LIT 201

WRIT writing workshop

FYSEM I (fall)

FYSEM II (spring)


LIT 257 (US Lit sequence)

L&L elective

L&L elective


Moderation (spring)


WRIT writing workshop

L&L elective

L&L elective

L&L elective


Sr. Project I (fall)

Sr. Project II (spring)

WRIT Senior Colloquium

L&L elective