Literary Studies is the study of written works of the imagination, of which poetry, drama and narrative fiction constitute today the most familiar types or genres. Most students and teachers of literature, however, see it as a more complex matter. It might be more accurate to describe it as a set of methods for examining the richness and diversity of experience through unusual uses of language, through a language that we recognize as different from everyday language and that thereby aspires to produce a reflection of and on the world not available to us otherwise. As such, literary works are also primary documents for investigating national histories, world events, the individual psyche, race, class, gender, science, economics, religion, the natural world, leisure and the other arts. Because literary studies engages with countless other disciplines, it is among the most interdisciplinary of any field of study.
Gloria Allaire, Medieval and Renaissance manuscripts; chivalric literature; Arthurian romances in Italian reworkings
Stephanie Coker,Medieval French literature; depictions of Joan of Arc in French literature across the centuries
Theodore Fiedler, Literary and Filmic Representations of War; Literature and Politics; Literary and Cultural Modernism
Tatiana Filosofova, Literary tradition of the Russian Old Believers, Russian postmodernism poetry, poetry by Alexandra Petrova.
James Francis, Visuality in Greco-Roman literature, ekphrasis, conflation of the experiences of reading and seeing.
Julie Human, Medieval French romance, Arthurian literature
Harald Höbusch, Literature and Politics (Thomas Mann, Literature of the Weimar Republic), Expedition Literature, Youth Literature
Liang Luo, Chinese literature and culture, Sino-Japanese literary and cultural interactions, East Asian performance literature and popular culture
Hubert Martin, Literature and thought of ancient Greece, Plutarch’s Lives and Moralia
Milena Minkova, 12th century cosmological poems; genres in Neo-Latin literature.
Joseph O'Neil, Poetics of the political; Semiotics; 18th-Century Studies, Comparative and World Literature, Goethe, Kleist
Jeffrey Peters, Early Modern French Literature and Culture; Philosophies of Space; Masculinity and Rhetoric
Suzanne Pucci, Eighteenth-Century Enlightenment French literature and culture: Domestic Intimacy;Exoticism in the Enlightenment; Epistolary literature
Robert Rabel, Ancient Greek and Modern American Drama
Leon Sachs, History and culture of education, literary education, French republicanism, representations of war, science and literature, ecocriticism
Douglas Slaymaker, Film; Visual Arts; 20th-Century Japanese Fiction; Japanese Experience of France; Travel and Travel Writing
Jennifer Tunberg, Neo-Latin Fiction
Linda Worley, 19th-century realism
Ghadir Zannoun, Modern Arabic Literature; Arab Women Writers; Nationalism in Modern Arabic Literature