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Elizabeth Cullingford, Chair CAL 226, Mailcode B5000, Austin, TX 78712 • 512-471-4991

Fields of Study

• American Literature •

Some thirty faculty members teach graduate courses and publish in American literature – or, more accurately, in the literatures and literary history of the United States and the theories, practices, products, and institutions of culture in America... [more]

American Literature field exam list


• Medieval Literary Studies •

Medieval Literary Studies comprises a variety of approaches to the languages, literatures, and cultures surrounding Old and Middle English... [more]

Medieval Literary Studies field exam list


• Renaissance Literature •

Study of English Renaissance/early modern literature and culture draws on the expertise of a dozen graduate faculty members. Their research encompasses a variety of subjects from within the period, including aesthetic forms, contested histories, social and religious structures, performance and rhetorical conventions, gender, material culture, and language... [more]

Renaissance field exam list


• Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature •

In Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature... [more]

Restoration and Eighteenth-century British Literature field exam list


• Nineteenth-Century British Literature •

More than forty faculty members teach graduate courses in the array of fields and critical practices that comprise British Studies, from traditional areas of historical study to poststructuralist reconsiderations of the limits and nature of such study... [more]

Nineteenth-Century British Literature field exam list


• Modern British Literature •

More than forty faculty members teach graduate courses in the array of fields and critical practices that comprise British Studies, from traditional areas of historical study to postcolonial and poststructuralist reconsiderations of the limits and nature of such study... [more]

Modern British Literature field exam list


• Bibliography and Textual Studies •

Drawing on the rich printed and manuscript resources of the University (e.g., the Benson Latin American Collection, Briscoe Center for American History, and Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center), the Department has a long tradition of teaching and practicing bibliographical scholarship and textual studies... [more]

Bibliography and Textual Studies field exam list


• Digital Literacies and Literatures •

The computer has inaugurated the most far reaching changes in the way knowledge is disseminated, stored, and constructed since the invention of the printing press 500 years ago. These changes affect virtually every aspect of intellectual, social, and cultural life... [more]

Digital Literacies and Literatures field exam list


• Drama •

Research and scholarship in drama ranges across the British and American traditions, and extends into world drama, with particular strengths in the Renaissance and Modern periods.  Much drama research being conducted in the department lies in the Renaissance period with a focus on dramatic texts by major Elizabethan and Jacobean playwrights, extending beyond Shakespeare... [more]

Drama field exam list


• Ethnic and Third-World Literatures •

The Ethnic and Third World Literatures specialization (E3W) in the Graduate Program of the Department of English was established in 1988. The program of study was a pioneering one, inspired by the contributions of peoples and cultures long neglected by the traditional disciplines of literature within the academy... [more]

Ethnic and Third-World Literatures field exam list


• Language and Linguistics •

The intersection of linguistics and literature has long been a productive area of study in the U.T. English department. A focus on the language of literature in its historical and present-day varieties provides the basis for a profound engagement with both canonical and marginalized texts... [more]

Language and Linguistics field exam list


• Poetry and Poetics •

The Poetry and Poetics Concentration stresses poiesis--the making or doing or performing of literature. Specifically, it focuses on theories pertaining to the nature, composition, rhetoric, and criticism of poetry--i.e., the principles that govern poetry and that distinguish it from other creative activities... [more]

Poetry and Poetics field exam list


• Popular Culture and Cultural Studies •

A particular faculty strength is music... [more]

Popular Culture and Cultural Studies field exam list


• Rhetoric •

The Rhetoric and Writing concentration in the English Department at the University of Texas at Austin is a prestigious doctoral program with an excellent placement rate, numerous alumni ranked among the leaders of the discipline, an engaged, collegial, and productive faculty, and a broad range of teaching and administrative opportunities for students... [more]

Rhetoric field exam list


• Women, Gender, and Literature •

The English department at The University of Texas contains a large and active group of scholars for whom gender and sexuality are central analytic categories.  Students pursuing the WGL concentration have produced superb dissertations in the areas of LGBTQ and feminist studies, queer theory, and women’s writing for more than twenty years...[more]

Women, Gender, and Literature field exam list


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