Prospective Students

Prospective Students

Five Ideas That Animate the Study of Literature at UD

  1. We love to read great literature. These courses focus upon primary texts, which we read in their entirety with the conviction that their rich worlds can teach us something.
  2. We view the sequence of great works we read as an ongoing conversation of the most fundamental questions of our nature as human beings, our place in the cosmos, and our relation to the divine. By studying and debating these works, we become part of that conversation.
  3. We are interested in how literary form in particular shapes, reflects, and conveys ideas. Accordingly, lyric poetry is at the heart of our study because it teaches us to notice the details of craft and thought.
  4. We believe that the best way to learn to think critically and to write well is to think and write about the greatest works of literature. For this reason, we do not teach "composition" as a separate course, but as a natural extension of carefully reading the best composed works of our tradition.
  5. By exploring the texts and questions we do, we often transcend disciplinary boundaries by considering the philosophical, political, and theological implications of what we read. In this way, the literary tradition sequence is intrinsically connected to--and in dialogue with--the larger liberal arts and science core curriculum.


UD Launches Reading Initiative, Partners with Local Schools

During the course of the 2018-19 academic year, the university will sponsor a series of lectures, art exhibits, panel discussions and other activities centered around All the Light We Cannot See, the first chosen book for this new community reading initiative, culminating in author Anthony Doerr's visit to campus as the 2019 Eugene McDermott lecturer.

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