Literary Arts and Studies
With its historically rich and culturally diverse curriculum, Literary Arts and Studies provides students with a broad and synthetic understanding of a particular period, genre, movement or issue in literary study. It reinforces the development of keen critical thinking and reading skills, an effective and individual writing voice, and a deep and nuanced understanding of the role of literature in a range of different cultures and historical periods. In short, students gain a solid foundation from which to engage in contemporary culture in an informed and responsible way — as critics, creative writers, performers, artists and designers.
The LAS concentration offers you several areas to engage in focused study, from literary history and traditions, critical theory and cinema studies, to race and gender, environmental humanities, and creative writing.
In (and out of) the Classroom
A wide range of course offerings — from film studies to critical theory to performance studies to both traditional and unconventional approaches to British, American and world literatures — emphasize the role of texts in political, historical and cultural contexts. Students also take advantage of writing workshops in journalism, fiction and poetry.
A brief interview with one of RISD’s recently hired Schiller Family Assistant Professors in Race in Art and Design.
Faculty, curators and librarians come together for a semester-long seminar on decolonization that builds on the institution’s commitment to advancing social equity and inclusion.
Matthew Bird and Avishek Ganguly earn the 2019/20 John R. Frazier Award for Excellence in Teaching.
Overall, the LAS curriculum reflects faculty research interests in ancient, medieval and early modern literatures, African-American literature and culture, critical theory, ecocriticism and the environmental humanities, gender and sexuality, global literatures, performance studies, poetry and poetics, postcolonial studies, race and ethnicity, and visual and popular culture studies.