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This English Class Has Things Sorted

Lori Campbell-Tanner, a senior lecturer and advisor in the literature program, designed the popular course, Harry Potter: Blood, Power, Culture, in 2012. Based on the bestselling fantasy series by J.K. Rowling, the course regularly attracts 50 students or more—and becomes increasingly relevant every year.

Three Literature Majors Win Fall 2019 Scholarships
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Literature Faculty Member wins Year of Creativity Grant

Professor Zach Horton won a Year of Creativity grant to support his project of reverse engineering the first video game console, the 1972 "Odyssey," with the assistance of undergraduates working in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab.

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Pitt Literature Major Emma Wolinsky Hosts Podcast

Working with faculty members in English and Nursing, Emma Wolinsky presents  the podcast "Remains to be Seen," which examines bodies healthy and ill, living and dead, fictional and factual. Wolinsky is a pre-med student and Honors College Brackenridge Fellow who brings a unique perspective to this crossroads of the health professions and the humanities.

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Popular English Literature Faculty Member Wins 2019 Bellet Teaching Award

Geoff Glover was selected as one of three winners of this year's prestigious Bellet teaching award. Glover, who teaches popular literature classes like Introduction to Science Fiction, called the award...

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Lit Major Wins Fulbright

Pitt literature major Ethan Moser has won a Fulbright Summer Gaeltacht Award to study Irish abroad this Summer.

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Unusual Classes: Students Learn Pittsburgh’s Secrets Firsthand

On the site of the Civil War’s worst single day of civilian casualties — Arsenal Park in Lawrenceville, where a munitions factory exploded on Sept. 17, 1862.

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English Literature Graduate Studies in Dublin

Esther Reilly reads a 1622 First Folio edition of Shakespeare's works in the Early Printed Books room of Trinity College, Dublin! Esther graduated with an English Literature major last June, and she is currently pursuing her M.Phil. in Children’s Literature at Trinity College.

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Zach Horton and Undergraduates Work in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab

English faculty member Zach Horton is reverse engineering the first video game console, the 1972 "Odyssey," with the assistance of undergraduates working in Pitt's Vibrant Media Lab.

Literature Major

The Literature major includes exciting concentrations in areas such as the Invention of Literature; Media and Technology; English for the World; Environment, Science, and Culture; and Children and Culture.