Global Literary Theory

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Global Literary Theory Interdisciplinary Minor

The global literary theory interdisciplinary minor provides students with a theoretically informed, global and transnational understanding of literature and a firm grounding in major literary theories and schools. The interdisciplinary minor supports the study of literature, literary criticism, and literary and cultural theory beyond the borders of a single national or linguistic tradition or history. Such study requires not only that students study literary and cultural theory, but also that they explore literature in more than one language.

At Davidson, global literary theory relies on the teaching and scholarly expertise of faculty members from the departments and programs of Arab Studies, Chinese Studies, classics (including Greek and Latin), English, French and Francophone Studies, German Studies, Hispanic Studies, Latin American Studies, Russian Studies, as well as some faculty in the departments and programs of anthropology, gender and sexuality studies, philosophy, religion, sociology, and theatre.


The interdisciplinary minor requires six courses: literary criticism, a second theory course, three literature courses, and the capstone seminar. One course may count for both a major and the interdisciplinary minor.

  • ENG 391 Literary Criticism
  • A second theory course from the following list: ANT 341 Globalization, GSS 201 Theories in Gender and Sexuality Studies, LIT 394 Literary Theory, REL 301 Perspectives in the Study of Religion, PHI 216 Philosophy of Language, SOC 372 Feminist Theories,or THE 383 Contemporary Performance
  • Three literature courses at the 200-level or above, at least one of which must be in a second language [not in translation]
  • LIT 432 Theory and Practice of Literary Translation
    (prerequisite: one literature course in a second language [not in translation] beyond the 201 level; juniors and seniors only)

Additional information on the global literary theory interdisciplinary minor is available in the College Catalog.