Areas of Study: Literary Studies
The Bethel College Literary Studies department offers a distinctive set of classes reading international literatures across a historical range of contact zones.
We believe that literature should reach beyond the academic walls to engage the greater community: with travel courses, cross-listings with Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution Studies, and a range of events. Our individualized creative writing major allows students to take workshop courses in multiple genres and work with faculty one on one.
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Yawp! is Bethel College’s literary magazine, providing a place for students, faculty, and alumni to publish creative writing, art, and photography. The journal hosts literary events throughout the year, including a night of surrealist literary parlor games and a journal release party and reading event every spring. Students can gain editorial experience by working on the magazine and gaining practicum credit.
Bethel College Literary Studies department has begun a prison writing project in relationship with the Prison Arts program at the Hutchinson Correctional Facility. Students are invited to come to jail once per week and contribute to the meaningful and liberating role of writing in the lives of an incarcerated population.
Opportunities for travel include studying drama in Chicago and a future trip to Haiti is in the works. This fall, BC students from the 300-level Poetry Writing Workshop visited with poet Tony Trigilio at the University of Kansas.
Literary Studies Faculty
- B.A. Tabor College 1984
- M.A. University of Kansas 1987
- Ph.D. University of Kansas 1993