Faculty in the department are committed to research and teaching in areas that span a wide range of historical and geographical contexts including British, Canadian, American, South Asian, African, and Caribbean literature and culture. This diversity is matched by the array of conceptual approaches that we bring to bear on these topics. But this diversity is balanced by the many valuable intersections which unite our various projects in terms of the kinds of questions that we ask and the ways that we go about addressing them.
The following statements have been co-written by faculty members in order to give prospective students a sense of the common research threads that run throughout projects and courses in our department. These common themes and convergences do not cover the whole spectrum of our intellectual commitments, but they may help to provide a snapshot of the program’s strengths at both the MA and the PhD level. For the purposes of clarity, the descriptions of these strengths are organized around five lines of inquiry: identity, culture, textuality, political discourse, and power and empire.