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The English Department has adopted Research Tracks in Print and Material Culture, Race and Ethnicity, and Transatlantic/Transnational Studies. Taking courses in these tracks allows students to pursue transhistorical questions using innovative, cross-disciplinary methodologies.

Print and Material Culture Studies
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​Graduate students pursuing the Print and Material Culture Track examine a host of subjects relating to materiality. This image from a 2016 seminar shows students studying a rare map in UD's Special Collections

​The track in Print and Material Culture examines cultures past and present through the physical objects and physical texts they produce. How do objects and texts, from newspapers and posters to photographs, maps and computer screens, shape our interactions with the physical world? How do these physical texts and objects prompt us to view identities in complex ways? This track encourages students to intervene in the ongoing and interdisciplinary conversation on the ways physical texts and objects compel us to engage, interpret, and understand our world. 

Transatlantic/Transnational Studies
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​Megan O'Donnell used the GIS skills she learned in Prof Ed Larkin's "Mapping Transatlantic Space and Time" seminar to chart the movements of imperial actors in the notorious 1825 shipwreck of the Kent East Indiaman.  Exploring such narratives allows us to better understand the operations of empire and globalization, as well as the international circulation of people, texts and ideas.

​Literatures and cultures circulate across national boundaries and evolve in response to events, texts, and ideas originating in other parts of the world. Transnationalism seeks to trace the way texts emerge from cultural exchanges, which may be traced along networks not bound by traditional concepts of national, linguistic, political, or social community. Given the strength of UD's holdings in American and British literature, many of our courses adopt a "transatlantic" focus, examining literature emerging from the cultural exchanges of Britain, the United States, and other parts of the Atlantic world.

Race/Ethnicity Studies
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Mali Collins-White (center) and Brandi Locke (not pictured) worked with Prof. Laura Helton to design and convene ENGL667: The Black Atlantic and the Archive in Fall 2018

​The track in Race/Ethnicity examines the cultural politics central to our ever-shifting conceptions of racial and ethnic identity and its manifestation in literary, historical, visual, and musical texts. How does race/ethnicity get performed in discursive texts? In what ways are these texts sites of resistance or sites of power? How do conceptions of globalization, nation, class, gender, sexuality, and the body intersect with our ideas about race/ethnicity? How do the concepts of race and ethnicity function in the literary, historical, and popular imagination?

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Graduate Research Tracks
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