The English department at Indiana University has a history of distinction in the field of American Literature, and many past graduates are now teaching in diverse settings across the country and contributing major works of scholarship.
With a long tradition of encouraging interdisciplinary work, we maintain strong connections with the American Studies Program and the Victorian Studies program, as well as with African American and African Diaspora Studies, the Jewish Studies program, the Cultural Studies program, the Anthropology department, and The Media School.
American Literary Scholarship, the annual review of publications in the field, has been housed at IU for many years. A conference, New Directions in African American Literature, Theory, and Cultural Studies, is hosted by the department every year or two in the spring, and the American Studies program hosts many lectures and small conferences or workshops.
Professors and graduate students work in a rich variety of fields. Both national and transnational frames of analysis are encouraged. Faculty members represent and encourage diverse theoretical orientations deriving from feminist and gender theory, queer theory, psychoanalysis, Marxist critical theory, critical race theory, materialist phenomenology, and textual and editorial theory. We are strongest in the literature of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.