Literary Studies

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With more than 40 faculty members, 100 graduate students, 500 undergraduate majors, and 10,000 alumni, Literary Studies is a vibrant community of students and scholars of all levels studying the ideas, history, and theory of literature in English. Long regarded as a top department in the country, our program features a dynamic, professionally active group of faculty members working across the entirety of English literature. Our award-winning faculty and students work in a variety of established and emerging fields of critical inquiry: from the digital humanities to historicism, from disability studies to classical rhetoric, and from political theory to gender studies. We offer an intellectually rigorous but flexible course of study in the midst of one of the greatest research institutions in the country and the world.

In addition to one of the largest and most productive majors at the University of Wisconsin, we also offer a nationally-ranked doctoral program in literature and several bridge programs with affiliated divisions and departments. We invite you to learn more about our program, our faculty, and our students in these pages.