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A tradition of thought extending back to Milton, Sidney, and Aristotle holds that literature imparts wisdom. With respect to the kind of wisdom that governs human conduct, poetry promotes a grasp of reality superior to other ways of knowing in its combination of immediacy, lucidity, practicality, sensitivity to refinements, capacity to shape the affections, and adequacy to the whole.

This conviction guides literary study at every level of the curriculum pursued at the University of Dallas. The program in literature provides a course of study in those authors who best exemplify the capacity of imagination to grasp truth. Teachers and students seek to learn what the best of the poets understand of nature and human experience. In this mutual learning enterprise, students and teachers are related as beginning and advanced students of their common masters, the major imaginative writers.

"After my first visit to UD in the spring of 2005, I came upon my friend and colleague, Alban Forcione, surely one of the five or fewer greatest scholars of Cervantes alive, [and told him] that we had wasted our lives teaching in the Ivy League and that I had found the place at which we could have spent our careers with better effect."

-Robert Hollander

Princeton University Professor of European Literature and French and Italian, Emeritus.


Alumni Profile

Amanda Poulin
Amanda Poulin 

“While I was studying abroad at UD’s Rome campus, I volunteered for the Marino Project, a one-credit course in which we got to visit a local Italian school and teach English to the kids there. I loved it so much and I also knew I wasn’t done traveling after Rome. Living and teaching in Asia has been a very fulfilling experience. I’ve had the chance to travel in Taiwan and Thailand, met so many great people from around the world, and gained valuable teaching skills."

Next year, Amanda plans on returning to her hometown to become a licensed teacher in Massachusetts.

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