English @ OU

B.A. in English and American Literature

How can literature help us understand our identities as individuals and as citizens of the polis? What is the intersection between the artistic imagination and the political reality of a given historical moment? How can we bring non-canonical literary texts into conversation with canonical texts? What is the value of reading pre-modern texts in a post-modern world?

This is but a sampling of the questions that our students ask themselves as they investigate the relevance of the study of literature to their lived experience in contemporary America. In their attempts to find meaningful answers to these questions, our students take courses that emphasize the basic skills of reading and research as well as courses that offer a broad overview of the literary history of Britain, America, and other Anglophone cultures. With these fundamentals behind them, our students then take more narrowly focused topical courses on periods and authors of their choosing.