Literature provides an entrance to emotional truths about the world and the human condition.  It takes us to our multiple selves and to the multiple, many-layered, and interacting worlds in which we live.  It is a realm of expression in which the imagination and the imaginary hold sway — thus an aesthetic adventure in which individual writers experiment with form and invent a literary language that is richer and more complex than the everyday, and also in which collective cultures take shape and communicate to readers pleasures of recognition and discovery.

Faculty

NameResearch and Teaching Interests 
Wail HassanModern Arabic literature and intellectual history; transnational, postcolonial, and translation studies.  
Stephanie HilgerBritish, French, and German literatures from the 18th century to the present; literature and medicine.  
Paulo HortaWorld literature; Latin American literatures; translation studies; magical realism.  
Philip KennedyArabic literatures; Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies.  
Sheetal MajithiaPost-colonial literatures; film studies; feminist, gender, and sexuality studies; theories of modernity and globalization; cultural studies; South Asian studies.  
Wolfgang NeuberEarly modern European literatures; travel writing; mnemonics and rhetoric.  
Cyrus R. K. PatellU.S. Literature; theory and practice of cosmopolitanism; Shakespeare; speculative fiction; the novel; literature and culture of New York City.  
Maurice Pomerantz Pre-modern Arabic Literature and Islamicate Literary cultures.
 
Bryan WatermanU.S. Literature; Atlantic World studies; punk rock; literature and culture of New York City.  
Deborah Lindsay
Williams
Womens' writing and feminist theory; children's literature; U.S. literature; the novel.  
Katherine Schaap
Williams
Sixteenth- and seventeenth-century English literature and culture, early modern drama; disability studies; history of medicine; performance theory.  
Shamoon ZamirWorld literature; intellectual history; literature and photography; African American Studies; Native American Studies.