Literature, Media, and Culture

According to the National Research Council, FSU's English Department is among the top-ranked, PhD-granting English Departments in the country. Internationally recognized for their cutting-edge research and publications, our faculty offer a wide range of courses in literary fields, genres, and media. Our program exposes students to provocative questions that spark scholarly engagement and creativity, helping them discuss the social and political impact of literature. Together, we explore literature's various histories, cultures, and philosophical and geographic movements.

Our nationally-recognized History of Text Technologies Program (HoTT) extends from the History of the Book to Digital Humanities as a means of exploring how the history of the forms of texts is also a history of human culture in its largest sense, a history that speaks to how we use texts to establish ways of thinking, means of knowing, and practices of living. In addition to HoTT, we continue to push the boundaries of our scholarship through other highly acclaimed programs. Our faculty and students continue to break new ground in researching a wide cross-section of time periods, from medieval literature to early modern dramas to contemporary American poetics. Film and media studies, a fast-growing discipline, have also found a home here as we continue to innovate and grow.

Florida State University has joined the Center for Renaissance Studies Consortium at the Newberry Library in Chicago. FSU is the only university in the state of Florida with this prestigious affiliation. Among the benefits provided by this new relationship is the opportunity for FSU graduate students and faculty to apply for Newberry Renaissance Consortium Grants to participate in programs or to do research at the Newberry Library or the Folger Shakespeare Library. 


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