Francesca G. Varela, a graduate of show:tell, Marylhurst's summer camp for teen writers and artists, published her first novel in 2014.
The literature concentration in the BA in English Literature & Writing emphasizes interpretation, with knowledge of literary, historical and social contexts to guide the understanding of meaning.
As a literature student, you will thoughtfully explore both literary classics and contemporary voices. You will:
- Study literary history and major literary movements
- Explore critical questions about American, British and world literature
- Investigate representations of identity, race, gender, nation, sexuality and class in literature
- Learn about teaching as a potential profession and gain tutoring experience in the university's writing center
What to expect
Literature classes are taught by accomplished teachers and published scholars. We are committed to creating a challenging teaching and learning experience that supports your individual intellectual, creative and professional goals. If you're looking for a series of classes or to complete a bachelor's degree in English literature and writing, the department has a range of opportunities for you.
A community of readers and writers
You can find the spark, momentum and support you need to excel creatively, thanks to the numerous resources we offer our students. Learn more about these resources: