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Later British Literature

The study of later British literature in the Department of English at Texas Tech includes those literatures written in England and its colonies and former colonies since 1700. Faculty are experts in 18th-century, Romantic, Victorian, modern, and post-modern literature, with particular interests in writers from Alexander Pope to Virginia Woolf, and in issues ranging from book history to feminist theory to literature and science. These same faculty are grantees of the National Endowment for the Humanities, authors of six monographs, several scholarly editions, and dozens of articles, members of the Texas Tech Teaching Academy, and officers (and former officers) of professional organizations like the College English Association (CEA), the South Central Modern Language Association (SCMLA), and the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts (SLSA).

Students of later British literature can take advantage of 4-5 seminars per year, as their MA or PhD requirements permit. (For a list of recent courses in later British literature, click the link at right.) MA students are all required to take one course in post-1700 British literature as a general requirement, but they may opt to expend some or all of their 15 elective hours in post-1700 British courses as well, and/or to write a thesis in a particular later British field. PhD students may choose to specialize in a particular area of later British literature, in which case they must take up to 18 hours of courses directly relevant to the area of specialization, and they must also take qualifying examinations and write the dissertation in that area. The large number of faculty in later British literature makes it very easy for MA and PhD students alike to form the necessary advisory committees for the thesis or dissertation. It also benefits students that faculty in this group routinely teach courses in research methods and bibliography, feminist theory, narrative theory, cultural studies, and book history. Students can draw from faculty, then, for literary, historical, and theoretical expertise alike.

The Department of English houses two scholarly journals in later British literature, The Eighteenth Century: Interpretation and Theory and Conradiana. Informally, too, the Department and faculty have supported a variety of efforts in later British literature. In recent years, informal reading groups have formed to allow students to explore later British literature generally, nineteenth-century literature specifically, and even particular books like James Joyce's Ulysses. We have also incorporated authors from Joyce to J.K. Rowling into the Department's annual 24-hour Reading Marathon to support literacy in the local community.