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The Franklin Pierce curriculum is grounded in the study of the great literature of the past, including Chaucer, Shakespeare, the English Romantics and major figures in the American tradition. At the same time, it is open to new currents of expression - to the voices of Toni Morrison and Amy Tan, Salman Rushdie and J.K. Rowling, and to the literatures of multicultural America, the post-colonial world, and popular culture. Students may choose either a Literary Studies or a Creative Writing path through the major. Both emphases are available as minors as well. Creative Writing includes courses in fiction, poetry, memoir, editing, and writing for publication. Liberal arts core courses provide opportunities for students to explore general cultural knowledge and diverse intellectual disciplines that enhance their English studies.

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