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The organization of the Department of Literature is unusual in that it is neither a department of English nor a department of Comparative Literature as either is traditionally construed. Rather, from its beginning, the Literature Department at UCSD has aimed to be a department of world literatures and cultures within a single unit committed to the multilingual historical study of the connections and conflicts between cultures and society. This commitment includes the ambitious project of teaching and conducting research in Chinese, English, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Japanese, Italian, Korean, Latin, Russian, and Spanish, as well as the study and practice of writing.

At the graduate level we offer two distinct degree programs: a single Ph.D. in Literature and an MFA in Writing. The Ph.D. in Literature stresses the transnational outlook of our program and emphasizes its stake in theoretical, interdisciplinary, and cultural studies. The MFA in Writing is a cross-genre program with an emphasis in innovative and experimental approaches to writing.

The Department of Literature at UCSD offers an intriguing example of how the Humanities can renew their place in today’s university by reconfiguring literary and cultural studies in an era of unprecedented global exchange. The collective strengths of our diverse faculty suggest ways in which it might be possible to develop theoretical sophistication and openness to various forms of cultural production while remaining sensitive to the nuances of the literary text; to be up-to-date in the exploration of contemporary culture without losing sight of a rich historical legacy that extends back to antiquity; to offer fresh looks at familiar works while remaining attuned to new voices in contemporary culture and receptive to those who have not been clearly heard in the past; and to place local concerns in global context.

Degree Codes

LT77 - PhD in Literature

LT85 - PhD in Literature w/ Specialization in Critical Gender Studies

LT84 - MFA in Writing

Students interested in pursuing the LT85 (PhD in Literature w/ Specialization in Critical Gender Studies) must first be accepted into the Literature Department PhD Program.  Once they are admitted, they may then apply for this particular specialization through the Critical Gender Studies Program (http://cgs.ucsd.edu/graduate-specialization/Admission.html).  If approved, students will need to complete all requirements for the PhD in Literature, as well as all requirements for the Critical Gender Studies specialization.
Director of Doctoral Studies
Daisuke Miyao

Director of MFA Program
Anna Joy Springer

Graduate Coordinator
Bonnie Neptune
115 Literature Building
(858) 534-3217

MFA Program Coordinator
Tania Mayer
139 Literature Building
(858) 534-8849

Accepting Applications:
September 2018 (for Fall 2019 admissions)