Literature

Black and white photo of Frankenstein

Boris Karloff as Frankenstein's monster in the 1931 film Frankenstein.

“If the last 200 years have taught us anything, it’s that Frankenstein is an immortal book.”
a black and white portrait shot of Gary Shteyngart

Who else but satirist Gary Shteyngart, a professor in the writing program at the School of the Arts, would describe passengers on a Greyhound bus who snore “like they had entire planets up their nose”?

Ben Marcus
Ben Marcus, a professor in the writing program at the School of the Arts since 2000, has taught the work of many writers over the years, but never his own.
antique Jewish literature
Jews often took books with them as they traveled or were expelled from various lands. Following the books essentially traces the history of their owners.
rare muslim manuscript in arabic and colorful, detailed patterns around the text
With the support of new technology, archival items from the 11th to 19th centuries in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and more will be available.
stacks of books in front of a shelf full of books

The late José Saramago, a 1998 Nobel laureate in literature whose works have been translated from Portuguese into dozens of languages, noted that “Writers create national literature with their language, but world literature is written by translators.”

The Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Branka Arsić was awarded MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize for her book 'Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau.'
Orhan Pamuk, Author

Photo by Elena Seibert

Orhan Pamuk, the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities and professor of writing in the School of the Arts, is one of Turkey's most prominent novelis

Book cover of Jewish Comedy and portrait of Jeremy Dauber
Jeremy Dauber, the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the department of Germanic languages, was well aware that “analyzing comedy runs the risk of killing it.” Still, he forged ahead, chronicling the arc of Jewish humor.
David Henry Hwang with his arms crossed, smiling.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

David Henry Hwang has an illustrious career: he’s a dramatist whose work has won Tony, Obie and Grammy awards and is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist.

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