The Evolution of Georgetown's Literary Curriculum

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English professors Henry Schwarz, David Gewanter, Carolyn Forché, and Aminatta Forna are featured in a recent Hoya article about the evolution of the literary curriculum at Georgetown University.

In 1995, the English Department curriculum was revised to allow students to study works by multicultural authors:

“Instead of focusing primarily on texts written by traditional male authors like Chaucer, Milton and Shakespeare, English students could finally study female, black, Latinx and LGBTQ authors as well as literature from around the world.”

Despite backlash from various sources, the new curriculum was established in 1996. The restructuring allowed students to study authors and topics they found personally interesting as well as explore creative writing and its real-world, social impact.

Today, Georgetown University’s English program is ranked #2 in the nation by USA Today

Read the full article HERE