- About the Program
- Graduate Student Resources
- Critical Questions Lecture Series
- Alumni and Friends
Katherine Keyser presents as a guest speaker for the Critical Questions Lecture Series.
The Literature and Culture concentration trains a select group of MA students to understand, discuss, and produce contemporary scholarship related to the fields of English, American, and World Anglophone Literatures. Our program’s advanced courses and seminars cover a diversity of subjects ranging from traditional studies of literary periods (Medieval, Early Modern, Romantic, Victorian, etc.) to interdisciplinary courses on visual and material culture, minoritarian aesthetics, the digital humanities, literature and religion, and posthumanist discourses. The MA faculty of School of Writing, Literature, and Film publish articles and scholarly monographs in top venues for literary, cultural, visual, and ethnic studies, and thus provide immediate access to 21st century debates within their fields. The program also offers opportunities for rigorous scholarly debate beyond the classroom through thesis mentoring, the Critical Questions Lecture Series, funded conference travel, and the annual MA Symposium. Finally, we encourage our students to interact with other graduate programs within and beyond the School of Writing, Literature, and Film, including Rhetoric and Writing, Creative Writing, Environmental Arts and Humanities, Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Latino/a Studies and Engagement. As these relationships suggest, we consider diversity in all its forms to be an essential component of our competitive program.
Our program devotes significant resources to job placement and aims to produce future leaders in a number of the fields related to literary study. For students interested in pursuing a PhD in Literary Studies, we offer a series of workshops devoted to aspects of academic professionalization related exclusively to standing out in an ultra-competitive field. For students interested in community college or high school teaching, we offer valuable teaching opportunities in the form of paid Graduate Teaching Assistantships. For students interested in alternative work, we offer an internship program tasked with matching career interests with local and state businesses, NGOs, and governmental agencies.
Students in Literature and Culture Do Groundbreaking Research
MA students complete a thesis during their second year of study. Many of these projects result in excellent, thoughtful research that becomes integrated into classroom practice, results in published articles, or evolves into dissertation projects. These are just a few recent thesis projects:
Crawford, Cole. "Respect the gap: from big to boutique data through Laboring-Class Poets Online" (OSU Best Thesis Award and WAGS/ProQuest Outstanding Master’s Thesis Award)
Wiley, Marie. “Genres at Play : History, Tragedy, and Comedy in Shakespeare's Richard II“ (OSU Best Thesis Award)
Schauer, Austin A.. “Primal Matter : Deep Objects in Historical Accounts of the Glanton Gang”
Dodson, Matthew J.. “The objects within : an applied OOO literary criticism“ (OSU Best Thesis Award)
Literature and Culture Alumni Have Exciting Careers
Numerous students in the Literature and Culture MA have been accepted in prestigious PhD programs, worked in private industry, and teach at numerous schools:
Assistant Professor Ehren Pflugfelder was awarded the 2018 CCCC Technical and Scientific Communication Award for the best book of the year in that field, for his monograph Communicating Mobility and Technology: A Material Rhetoric for Persuasive Transportation. This prestigious award was given by the major disciplinary body in his field, the Conference on College Composition and Communication.
Professor Tara Williams' new book Middle English Marvels was recently published by Penn State University Press.