Literature at Krea

Central to Krea’s vision is a student who learns to read deeply, sensitive to contexts and histories that are both immediate and local and further removed in time and place. The Krea Literature major will read texts in Englishes past and present, explore contemporary literatures in global Englishes, and think through the aesthetics and politics of literatures in translation, asking what these literatures bring to readers of English and other languages. The Literature major will also engage with the role of technology in the rapid evolution of literary forms, including new technologies and media in the digital arts and humanities, a fast-growing area of interwoven learning spanning creative and critical thinking.

The Approach

The literature curriculum will highlight spaces for conceptual intersections, pathways criss-crossing different literary genres and cultures, as well as movements and practices in the arts, humanities, sciences, and social sciences. The major we offer will nurture intense engagement with learning how to read and write in different academic and creative genres.  

Krea’s literature major has been designed with principles of decolonisation as praxis and not just as theory. The programme explores the global interconnectedness of literary methods, genres, movements, technologies, and theories, while creating opportunities to question Englishes, move beyond literatures in English, explore texts in translation, and fundamentally rethink what literature is. Our program is innovative in requiring creative writing, which allows us to create links between literary analysis and artistic practitioners, rather than maintaining the silos between the two. Further, each course is designed to meet Krea’s curricular guiding principles of ethics, historicity, research-based, and writing-intensive courses, also considering the role of technology in the evolution of literatures and literary knowledge/scholarship/practice. Immersive experiences in the literature program will include meeting writers, entrepreneurs, administrators; engaging with publishers, editors, journalists and bookmakers at work; and opportunities to train and work as peer tutors and research assistants. 

Programme Details