Global Literary Studies

Reading the literature of multiple cultures offers the opportunity to view the world in depth, providing an imaginative glimpse into the joys, sorrows, triumphs, and tragedies of our fellow humans living far and wide. Whether reading in translation to English, or in the original languages of English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or Russian, this minor offers an exciting array of literature and film courses. Whatever field you choose to work in upon graduation, this course of study broadens understanding of others — both in terms of respecting difference and recognizing the need for a common goal of fostering empathy, compassion, and understanding. The beauty of expression that literature embodies brings us together in celebration of human potential. We welcome students majoring in all areas across campus, as this minor particularly encourages interpretations of literature from as many perspectives as there are in the room.

For more information, please contact the Program Co-coordinators:
Charlotte Meehan
Francoise Rosset



Claire Buck

Professor of English, Emeritus

James Patrick Byrne

Senior Professor of the Practice of English

Laura Bohn Case

Senior Professor of the Practice of German

Tommasina Gabriele

Professor of Italian Studies; Italian Studies Coordinator

Tessa C. Lee

Associate Professor of German; Chair, German Studies

Charlotte Meehan

Playwright-in-Residence, Professor of English; Global Literary Studies Program Co-coordinator; Creative Writing Coordinator

Francoise Rosset

Associate Professor of Russian; Chair of Russian Department; Women's & Gender Studies Program Coordinator; Global Literary Studies Program Co-coordinator

Kent Shaw

Associate Professor of English

Ada McKenzie Thomas

Assistant Professor of English

Mary Beth Tierney-Tello

Professor of Hispanic Studies

Jonathan David Walsh

Professor of French Studies; Chairman, French Studies Department

Winter Jade Werner

Associate Professor of English; Coordinator of Digital Humanities