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  • Core Courses in World Lit. & Cultures
  • Electives in World Lit. & Cultures
  1. Ancient Near Eastern Literatures and Cultures
  2. Literatures of Ancient and Classical China and Japan
  3. Early and Classical Literatures and Cultures of India
  4. Greek, Roman, and Byzantine Literatures and Cultures
  5. Medieval Europe Literatures and Cultures
  6. Pre-Islamic and Classical Islamic Literatures and Cultures
  7. Early Modern and Colonial Literatures and Cultures of Europe and the Americas
  8. Enlightenment and Romanticism in Europe and the Americas
  9. Realism, Naturalism, and Symbolism in Europe and the Americas
  10. Modernism and Avant Garde literatures and culture in Europe and the Americas
  11. Postcolonial Literatures and Cultures (1950 to the present)
  12. Indigenous Literatures and Cultures of the Americas
  13. European Cinema
  14. American Cinema
  15. Postcolonial Cinema (Latin American, African, Middle Eastern, Asian)
  16. Caribbean Literatures
  17. U.S. Ethnic Literatures (African, Asian, Hispanic, Arabic)

These areas may be defined by period, geographical area, genre or theme. The elective area list should include 15-20 primary works and two to three reference works. The elective area and its corresponding reading list must be approved by the advisor and the program committee.

Sample elective areas

  1. Travel narratives
  2. Epistolary literature
  3. Autobiography, diaries, memoirs, spiritual narratives
  4. War literature
  5. Francophone Literatures
  6. Global English literatures
  7. Opera
  8. Testimonio
  9. Prison narratives
  10. Oral narratives
  11. Literature and Human Rights
  12. Women’s writing
  13. Bildungsroman
  14. The epic
  15. Queer literatures and film
Contact Us:
Prof. M. Keith Booker, Director of Program in Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies
Department of English, 333 Kimpel Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR 72701