Literary Studies

The Georgia State University Department of English’s Literary Studies Program offers the MA and PhD, and gives students the opportunity to work with some of the profession’s most talented and productive teachers, scholars, and theorists. With a faculty trained at top institutions and extensively publishing in their fields, Georgia State’s Literary Studies Program fosters an environment of critical engagement with some of the most pressing questions in contemporary literary and cultural studies.
The members of the Literary Studies Program faculty at Georgia State University have published more than fifty books with presses including Routledge, Palgrave Macmillan, and the university presses of California, Mississippi, New York, Georgia, Michigan, Harvard, Princeton, Yale, Cambridge, and Oxford. Members of the faculty have edited more than three-dozen scholarly editions, proceedings, and textbooks.Since 2000, they have published over 250 articles in academic journals, as well as more than 100 book reviews, chapters, and encyclopedia entries. In the past decade, they’ve presented over 300 papers and talks, many as invited lectures, and received more than 100 grants and honors, including awards from the Fulbright Foundation, National Endowment for the Humanities, and the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.
Our current Literary Studies Program graduate students and alumni have recently published books with Ashgate, McFarland, Palgrave Macmillan, and other presses, and essays and reviews in numerous academic journals. They regularly deliver papers at international, national, and regional conferences. Our Literary Studies Program alumni hold academic appointments at Auburn, the University of Illinois, Morehouse College, Howard University, the University of Mississippi, and many other schools.
Georgia State University is home to the academic journals The Eudora Welty Review, and Studies in the Literary Imagination. Edited by members of the Literary Studies faculty, these publications provide forums for important critical explorations of literature and culture. They also allow students opportunities to gain valuable experience as research and editorial assistants.
The South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA), an organization of teachers, scholars, and graduate students dedicated to the advancement of teaching and literary and linguistic scholarship in the modern languages, is led by GSU faculty and is headquartered in the Department of English. SAMLA membership extends throughout the southeastern United States and includes members from across the country and around the world. Students who work as interns or assistants gain valuable experience in events planning and organizational leadership.