The undergraduate track in Global English Literature and Culture (GELC) allows students in the English major to extend their study into the widest contexts of international literary achievement. As with other paths through the major, it will offer engagement with major works in the Anglo-American literary tradition and will provide strong preparation in writing. Additionally, students examine the spread of Anglophone literary culture around the world, a phenomenon that has existed from the earliest stages of English literature and that has recently become one of the most striking features of our global cultural condition. Writing in South Asia, Anglophone Africa, the South Pacific, and the Caribbean, among other sites and regions, has acquired decisive importance for the future of English. Students also have the opportunity to take designated Comparative Literature (CPLT) courses designed to situate Anglophone writing in conversation with and in the context of other literatures. Students in GELC will encounter the provocation and accomplishment of such work, while also preparing to become globally literate citizens of this new millennium.
GELC Course Requirements
To complete this track, students must complete 33 hours of course work, including:
Rise of the Global Novel
Literature of the Americas
Fiction of Empire
The African Novel
Contemporary Ethnic Women’s Fiction
European Medieval Literature in Translation
World Poetry in English
The Transatlantic Eighteenth Century
Courses in Literature in Translation (e.g., CPLT, FRTR, RUTR, JPTR)
How to Apply to GELC Track
The information contained on this website is for informational purposes only. The Undergraduate Record and Graduate Record represent the official repository for academic program requirements. These publications may be found at http://records.ureg.virginia.edu/index.php.