Race, Poetics, Empire

The RPE graduate focal area examines how imperialism and its racial politics have shaped modern cultural forms. Developing innovative approaches to the study of literary traditions, race, diaspora, and geopolitics, RPE investigates relationships between aesthetics and power. While the concerns central to RPE extend back to the eighteenth, if not further, twentieth and twenty-first century conditions and productions guide RPE’s attention to earlier periods.  RPE supports comparative research in literatures across nations and languages, from the Americas and the Caribbean to continental Africa, South and East Asia, Europe, and the Global South.

Graduate students in the area benefit from: