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Learning Goals for Literary Studies Majors

Broad awareness of general literary developments and significant individual works in multiple literary traditions from classical antiquity to the contemporary period.

Comprehensive knowledge of specific works of some thirty designated major authors, ranging (in the West) from Homer and Sophocles to Dante, Cervantes, Shakespeare and Goethe, to Wordsworth, Melville, Dostoevsky, and Tolstoy, to modern writers like Proust, Kafka, Mann, Joyce, Faulkner, and Borges, and (in the East) from Wang Wei and Lady Murasaki to Lu Xun and Natsume Soseki. (Please see college catalogue for full description.)

Demonstrated ability to read works of literature in at least one language other than English.

Reasonable mastery of a single body of literature (for example, works in a particular language, historical period, or literary genre, or linked by their preoccupation with a particular recurring theme or imaginative pattern).

Ability to conceive and execute substantial independent projects, and to produce critical and interpretive writing of high quality.


Program in Literary Studies

Axinn Center at Starr Library
15 Old Chapel Road
Middlebury College
Middlebury, VT 05753