Literary Studies RAP Fall 2014

Literary Studies RAP is designed for students who are drawn to the written word. It is ideal for students who love reading, writing and/or discussing short stories, novels, poetry and other forms of literature. 

When you join this RAP you will...

  • Broaden and deepen both critical and creative talents.
  • Read literature that deals with our relationship to society.
  • Share your living-and-learning experience with a community of passionate and expressive peers.

Students with or without a declared major can choose the Literary Studies RAP.

English 144 World Literature in English
Instructor: Neelofer Qadir 

World Literature in English: Roots and Routes is a course that focuses on contemporary literary and cultural texts with a particular interest in citizenship, (un)belonging, migrancy, labor, and globalization. Questions this course seeks to debate include:

  • What are the legal, cultural, and economic bonds of citizenship and (un)belonging?
  • What is the impact of these relationships on how we identify as a citizen of a nation?
  • How do they influence the ways we are able to move around the world?
  • How do they complicate the ways we perceive ourselves in relation to economic systems such as globalization?
  • How do gender, ethnic, and sexual identities complicate these relationship of citizenship, belonging, nationhood, migrancy, and labor?

At the same time as our literary and cultural texts guide these discussions, we will ask what makes these texts "world" literature, what that conceptual framework allows, and what it prohibits. We will explore how Anglophone world literature privileges certain kinds of narratives and modes of expression as well as how artists from across the world bring their creativity to bear on the English language.

This course meets the General Education AL and G requirements for literature and global diversity.

Note: Students may check out the course tumblr ( to get a sense of the topics students in the Spring 2014 covered. We will continue to use this Tumblr in the Fall 2014 course.

In the RAP seminar you may explore:

  • The utopian vision
  • The notion of the self
  • Politics and literature, and/or
  • The relationship of the literature of black women writers, poets, and cultural workers to society.

The RAP offers students myriad opportunities for intellectual and creative growth.

Be sure to visit the How to Join page of this website to learn about the process and important timelines you must follow to become a member of this fantastic program!


Fall 2014

ALL students in the Literary Studies RAP will enroll in the following classes taught in the residential area:

"RAP Seminar"- UNIV 190R
1 credit


"World Literature in English" - English 144 (Gen Ed ALG),
4 credits


"College Writing" - English 112 (Gen Ed CW), 3 credits, a limited number of sections will be offered in each residential area both Fall 2014 and Spring 2015 semesters.

Spring 2015

  • No required RAP classes.
  • Small sections of Gen Ed classes will be offered in each residence area.



Students will live in Van Meter Hall in Central area of campus.

Pamela R. Marsh-Williams, Ph.D.
Assistant Provost & Dean

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