Degree Type
Ph.D.
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The English Department has a diverse faculty representing a range of theoretical approaches. Faculty regularly publish books and articles in such areas as literary history, theory of the novel, poetic form, literature and visual arts, African American literature, Asian American literature, critical race theory, postmodernism, new historicism, feminist theory and criticism, gender and sexuality studies, postcolonial literature and film studies. The English Department has close ties with the departments of Africana Studies, American Studies, Comparative Literature, Modern Culture and Media, and with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities and the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women.

Additional Resources

Research opportunities in the John Hay Library, the John Carter Brown Library, and the John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities and Cultural Heritage; collaborative work with the Cogut Institute for the Humanities, the Pembroke Center for Teaching and Research on Women, the Malcolm S. Forbes Center for Modern Culture and Media, and the programs in Africana and Ethnic Studies; interdisciplinary opportunities in the Center for the Study of Slavery and Justice and the Center for the Study of Race and Ethnicity in America.

Admission Requirements

  • Writing Sample and Statement of Purpose: Required
  • GRE General: Required
  • GRE Subject: Not required

Application Deadline: December 15

Ph.D. Completion Requirements

Minimum of 13 courses, including one course from each of three historical areas: medieval and early modern literatures and cultures, enlightenment and the rise of national literatures and cultures, and modern and contemporary literatures and cultures, one course designated as theory intensive, ENGL2210 Proseminar, ENGL2950 Seminar in Pedagogy and Composition Theory, and two independent studies that serve as preparation for the qualifying examination; two foreign languages; six semesters of teaching; oral qualifying examination; dissertation.

Department of English
Brown University
Box 1852
401-863-2393
[email protected]

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Leadership

Department Chair: Richard Rambuss

Director of Graduate Studies: Ravit Reichman

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