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Image of graduate students in Winterthur's "British Design History" Course in front of Buckingham Palace

​Samantha Nystrom (center) traveled to England in Winterthur's British Design History course as part of her research track in Print and Material Culture. Students interested in funded participation in the seminar should apply to the DGS in October.

Graduate students study with internationally distinguished faculty in traditional areas of study such as Early Modern Literature, Rhetoric and Composition, American Literature, and African American Literature, as well as newer areas such as the Environmental Humanities. 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  ).


Resources and Projects Across Campus
Students and faculty in the Colored Conventions Project (2018)

​The Colored Conventions Project grew out of a gradute seminar offered by Prof. Foreman. Participants are building an online hub that "brings buried African American history to digital life"

​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. They can also participate in exciting faculty initiatives such as Prof. Foreman's Colored Conventions Project.  

Students interested in Print and Material Culture, the Center for Material Culture Studies on campus would be an important resource. Students also have the opportunity to connect to the Winterthur Program in American Material Culture and intern at the Winterthur Library and Museum.

Students interested in the "print" side of this track, or in the transatlantic track, often work with 19th Century British Literature at the Mark Samuels Lasner Collection on campus.

 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.

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  • Department of English
  • 203 Memorial Hall
  • Newark, DE 19716, USA
  • University of Delaware
  • Phone: 302-831-2361
  • english@udel.edu