Graduate students study with internationally distinguished faculty in traditional areas of study such as Renaissance, Rhetoric and Composition, American Literature, and African American Literature. However, our program is best defined by our emphasis on archival research and material culture study that cuts across traditional historical and national boundaries.
To underscore our methodological strengths the department has instituted three Research Tracks in the graduate program:
1) Print and Material Culture
2) Race and Ethnicity
3) Transatlantic/Transnational Studies.
Students may elect to pursue one or more of these tracks over the course of their studies in our department (for more information please see the Graduate Handbook ).
These three fields are emphasized across the University of Delaware. For example, students interested in the Race and Ethnicity track can make use of the Paul R. Jones Collection of African American Art and the Ishmael Reed papers, both housed on our campus. For those students interested in Print and Material Culture, the Center for Material Culture Studies on campus would be an important resource. These research tracks were purposively designed to cut across periods and national literatures. So wherever your interest lies, you will likely find faculty here who can lead you to exciting and unique research opportunities.