Marymount Manhattan

Department of English and World Literatures

Our students READ THE WORLD as they learn the aesthetic value and power of the written word across histories and cultures.

Outside of the classroom, our students publish the Marymount Manhattan Review, experience the vibrant literary culture of New York City, and intern throughout the metro area, including at The New York Times and other prestigious newspapers, magazines, and media outlets.

Our alumni succeed in graduate school and in  countless professions and have even  published award-winning novels.

The Program

The power of literature lies in its ability to reveal new worlds and inspire empathy. Our curriculum focuses on literature and culture from around the globe, equipping students with the broad perspective and cultural literacy to become better readers, writers, and citizens in the 21st century.

Particularly motivated students can pursue a joint BA/MS in Publishing to get an early start on their careers. The poets and novelists among us can minor in Creative Writing.

The Experience

The EWL major prioritizes helping students develop critical reading, writing, research, and thinking skills essential for success not only in their academic work but also in their professional lives beyond the classroom.  Majors are encouraged to individualize their curriculum through independent studies, to supplement their classroom experiences with internships, and to broaden their global perspective through study abroad.  By the time they graduate, majors are well prepared for graduate school or to pursue careers in advertising, communications, creative writing, journalism, law, media studies, public relations, publishing, and many other fields.


Listen to testimonials from EWL majors and alums:

  • Magdalena Maczynska
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    Associate Professor of English
    Director of the Writing Seminar Program

  • Cecilia Feilla
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    Associate Professor of English & World Literature

    Chair, Department of Literature and Language

    Cecilia Feilla is a specialist in Eighteenth-Century Literature with an emphasis on genre, performance, and revolution. She teaches a wide range of courses in literature, theory, and writing.
  • Peter Naccarato
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    Professor of English and Chair of Humanities Division

  • Carol Camper
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    Emeritus Professor 

  • Michael Colvin
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    Associate Professor of Spanish

  • Julie Huntington
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    Associate Professor of French

  • Jerry Williams
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    Associate Professor of English

  • Carly Schneider
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  • Jennifer Brown
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    Associate Professor of English and World Literature

    Jennifer N. Brown has teaching and research interests in Medieval Literature.
  • Martha Sledge
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    Associate Professor of English