Literary Studies

Core Major Course Requirements

MENAS Ph.D. students are required to take:

  • MENA 595D: Middle East- Approaches, Themes and Controversies
  • One Course in Middle Eastern History
  • One Course in Islamic Studies
  • One Course in Gender and Society in the Middle East
  • Total Core Units (not including languages)= 12 credits

The Middle Eastern Literatures track is designed for the study of one or more Middle Eastern literary traditions in an historical and analytical manner.  This track provides students with the highest level of training in textual and cultural analysis together with a strong background in Middle Eastern literary traditions.  The track accommodates the study of classical and modern Arabic  and Persian literatures as well as modern Turkish literature.  Students in this track choose a primary literature of study, a secondary literature within MENAS, and a minor field which may be either a literary tradition outside of MENAS, or another academic discipline connected with the student’s area of research.  Students are required to develop a strong competence in methods of literary study by taking relevant courses within MENAS or in other departments.  Students are also encouraged to go beyond the national literature framework as much as possible by taking courses in multiple literary traditions, in non-literary modes of cultural representation, and in academic disciplines outside of literary studies.

Course Requirements:

In addition to the common requirements for all MENAS PhD students, the following courses are required:

  • Methodology: 2  approved courses in literary theory in MENAS or other departments
    • Suitable methodology courses in other departments
    • English 515 - The History of Literary Theory and Criticism: Major Trends of the 20th and 21st Centuries
    • English 596B - Postcolonial 
    • French 511 - Topics in Literary History, Criticism, and Theory
    • French 573 - Semiotics and Language
    • Spanish 571 - Topics in Literary Theory & Criticism 
  • 3 Primary Literature courses (at least 1 classical and at least 1 modern)
  • 1 Secondary Literature
  • 2 MENAS approved electives
  • 3 Minor courses - A non-MENAS literature or another discipline