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Donovan Irven, in his first year in this program, has just published his second novel, Things in Brown Paper (Philadelphia: Streisguth/Martin, Nov. 2012).


The Philosophy and Literature Program offers an interdisciplinary course of study on the graduate level leading to the Ph.D. degree. The program encourages the interplay between philosophy and literature in such areas as social and critical theory, feminism, hermeneutics, narrative, semiotics, psychoanalysis, aesthetics, African-American studies, and cultural studies. In consultation with faculty, each student designs a plan of study to accommodate his or her specific goals and interests. The program seeks to foster critical and independent thought while providing cohesive professional training.

Notice: The Philosophy & Literature program is not admitting students for the 2015-2016 academic year.  Please contact Delayne Graham ( if you have any questions.

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