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The World Literature Program imbues students with the skills and perspectives of critical literacy, historical perspective, a multipolar conception of the world and an awareness of global positionality. Our focus on language and translation reflects and responds to the cultural diversity and difference that are characteristic not only of the international literary marketplace, but of the world at large. World Literature thus fosters a contrasting yet complementary set of methodologies: on the one hand, the use of close reading and interpretation of individual texts and, on the other, an attention to and appreciation for comparative perspectives, connections and interdisciplinarity. Synthesized, these methods develop students capable of negotiating the micro and the macro, self and other, the local and the global.



Peper Langhout ’19 was an Interdisciplinary World Literature major, Russian and Ancient Greek languages double minor, Honor Scholar, a recipient of the J. William and Dorothy A. Asher Funds for Social Science and Humanities, for independent research. Recipient of the Jarrett Endowed Merit Fund for academic excellence, as well as recipient of the Dean’s Award scholarship for academic excellence. Peper has published a literary paper titled, “Finding a Greenwood: Contextualizing Homoerotic Repression in E. M. Forster’s Maurice” in anthology of Best Required Essays from First-Year Seminars.

During the 2017-18 academic year, Langhout was selected as the second student from DePauw University to be elected to enroll at Mansfield College, the University of Oxford, for a non-matriculated visiting studentship. After spending the 2019-20 academic year teaching English language and literature in Visakhapatnam, India, she intends to return to the United States to pursue a doctorate in comparative literature.

Courses & Careers


Global Science Fiction, Art of Translation, Introduction to World Cinema, The New Testament, Spanish for Heritage Learners, Greek and Roman Mythology, Introduction to World Literature, Traditional Japanese Literature


Graduate Programs, Journalism, Law, Business, Education, Politics, Translation


Justin Glessner, Ph.D., University of British Columbia. His work finds points of contact between ancient biblical literature and cultural studies, feminist, queer and postcolonial approaches, crossing between biblical studies and critical theories of interpretation, the ancient world and its many contemporary echoes and impacts. He teaches in the Department of Religious Studies and is affiliated faculty in the Women’s, Gender and Sexuality Studies Program.

CJ Gomolka, Ph.D., University of Maryland, College Park. His main area of research is sexuality and gender in 19th- through 21st-century French and Francophone studies. He is also pursuing research in broader areas of study including gender studies; LGBTQ studies; feminisms; queer linguistics; the intersections of literature, culture and sexuality; masculinity studies; transgender studies; and literature.

Paul Michael Johnson, Ph.D., University of California at Irvine. A specialist in the literature and culture of early modern Spain, he has interdisciplinary interests in critical theory, the history of emotion, Mediterranean studies, aural and visual culture, world literature, translation and community-based learning. His most recent student- faculty collaborative research project studied Inquisition manuscripts in Madrid, Spain. He is a 2004 graduate of DePauw.

Carrie F. Klaus, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. A 1993 graduate of DePauw, she teaches courses at all levels in Global French Studies, including a first-year seminar on the French Revolution in game and fiction, and has led winter-term study projects to France, Germany and England. Her research focuses on early modern women’s voices in times of religious and political crisis.

Jinyu Liu, Ph.D., Columbia University. A professor of Classical Studies, her research interests are in the areas of Roman history; reception of Greek and Roman antiquities in China; and translation of Latin texts into Chinese. She is the recipient of a Andrew Mellon New Directions Fellowship and Loeb Classical Library Foundation Fellowship.

Nicole Lobdell, Ph.D., University of Georgia. She is a visiting assistant professor in the English Department. Her teaching interests include 19th-century British and world literatures, medical humanities and global Gothic literature.

Sherry J. Mou, Ph.D.,The Ohio State University. She has offered courses in modern and classical Chinese literature, language and comparative literature. She is working on a Reacting to the Past game manual based on an episode from Romance of the Three Kingdoms.

Amity Reading, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. Her primary area of specialization is Old English literature, with subspecialties in later medieval literature, history of the English language, world literature and British literature to 1600. She is interested in disability studies and digital humanities, and has been awarded numerous student-faculty research grants. Among her favorite courses to teach are “Chaucer and His World;”“Medieval Tabloid;” and “Skepticism & Belief,”a first-year seminar.

James Bradley Wells, Ph.D., Indiana University. His publications include research on ancient Greek lyric poetry, translations of Greek, Latin and Italian poetry, and original poetry. As a professor of Classical Studies, he teaches ancient Greek and Latin languages and literature and courses such as “Classica Africana,” “Backroads,Witchcraft, Romance: The Ancient Novel,” “Airs, Waters, Places: Classics and the Environment,” and “Dig In!: Alternative Agriculture, Foodways, and Justice.”

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