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Our graduate program leads to the Master of Arts degree in English.  We offer seminars on topics in British, American, World and Post-Colonial literatures, as well as courses in rhetoric and composition and critical theory. 

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Applications are processed online through the Graduate College website. All materials should be submitted to the Graduate College, including a 10 to 15 page sample of critical (not creative) writing. For more information about the program, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies, Professor Helen Scott.

Visit our Careers page to see what some of our MA alums have gone on to do!


  • Why pursue an M.A. in English at UVM?

    •    To improve your writing and analytical skills
    •    To improve your credentials for a career teaching high school English
    •    To prepare yourself to enter a PhD program in literature or a related discipline

Upcoming Seminars

Master's in English


Recent Master's Theses


Jessica Slayton
“A Par/ergon for Poe: Arthur Rackham and the Fin de Siècle Illustrators”

Georgia Googer
“The Radical Ekphrasis of Gertrude Stein’s Tender Buttons

Kimberly Dean
“Simulacra of the (Un)Real: Reading Margaret Atwood’s Lady Oracle as a Feminist Text of Bodily Resistance”

Alana Smith
“Cutting the Gordian Knot: Race, Gender and Sexuality in Moby Dick and Absalom, Absalom!




Sean Abrams

My Ántonia and Willa Cather's Reciprocal Regionalism and W.T. Benda's Illustrations

Travis Heeren

The Past Isn't Dead: Faulkner's Postcolonialism

Matthew Mersky

Poetics of the Real



Kira Braham

Working in Utopia: Locating Marx's "Realm of Necessity" in the Socialist Future of Bellamy and Morris

Monroe Street

"Wanting it Told": Narrative Desire in Faulkner and Cather



Michelle Ardila

“Inheritance and Gender Identity: The Destabilizing Effects of the Gothic Mode in Sensation Fiction”

Natalie Bachicha

“Mobilizing Children’s Literature: Ruth Krauss, the Left, and Domestic Cold War Politics”

Lindsay DesLauriers

“The Subject of the Lyric: Epistemology and the Romantic Poet”

Ryan Engley

“Bordwell avec Lacan, or Why Television Narrative Studies Needs Psychoanalysis”

Alexander Malanych

“The Burkean Closet: Theories of Identification and Queer Jewish Resistance”



Ryan Weston Chartier

“What Parallel Courses Did Joyce and Eisenstein Follow?  Investigating Film Montage and the Interior Monologue”

Bonnie Cross

“The Animal Within: The Role of Language in The Island of Dr. Moreau and Dracula”

James Keith Davis

“Chivalry in Motion: Le Morte Darthur and The Faerie Queene”

John R. DeLamar

“The Closet and the Clown: Same-Sex Desire as Contagion in Stephen King’s It”

Brendan Donaghey

“Repurposing Nature in ‘Tintern Abbey’: Are Boundaries Dissolved Boundaries At All?”

Steve Lausier

“The Responsible ‘Howl’: An Affective Reading with Consequences”

Kara F. McCabe

“Remembering the Holocaust: Trauma, History, and Subjectivity”

Kiley Murphy

“Home Again: Women Reclaiming the Domestic through Food and Sleuthing”

Gökcȩ Tekeli

“Re-visioning ‘Woman’ on the Threshold: The Politics of American Women’s Literacy Theologies”

Benjamin Welton

“Hands Dabbed in Blood: British Fiction of the Early Twentieth Century and the Threat of Revolution”



Brendan Aucoin

“Driving Cultural Iconography: James Bond and Aston Martin”

Annie Bardenwerper

“Divine Diversions: Catholicism and the Glass Closet in Oscar Wilde’s Work”

Noelle Brassey

“From the Golden Gate to the Green Mountains: A Hapa Educational Autobiography and Meta-critical Reflection”

William Clark

“The Great Human Comedy: Joyce, Dante, and the Rediscovery of Love”

Douglas Coker

“A Perverse Prison of the Mind: Pauline Hopkins, George Washington Cable, and Tainted Whiteness”

Rachel S. Cooper

“Solving the Case: How the Female Hard-Boiled Detective Fits the Mold”

John Yngve Flanagan

“The Carver Canard: Textual Restoration as Authorial Effacer”

Kari Giroux

“The Enigma of Survival: Enlarging the Trauma Narrative”

Megan Griffith

“Naughty in the Aughties: 21st Century British Adolescent Culture and Alienation”

Stephen B. Laird

“Flying by the Nets: James Joyce and the Negotiation of Irish Cultural Hybridity”

Meghan S. MacLean

“Negotiating Worlds: Jane Eyre, The Beth Book, and Woman as Knowing Subject”

John McGuiggan

“Constructing the Self in the Works of James Purdy”

Danielle Walsh

“The Grail Quest as Hagiography”

Coco Zephir

“Emily Dickinson’s Obituary: Susan Dickinson as Author of the Dickinson Legend”


Graduate Program News

Beginning in AY 2016-17, the UVM English Department will offer $5,000 Buckham Merit Fellowships to our top two incoming graduate students who are not Graduate Teaching Assistants. These fellowships will be renewable in the second year of graduate study, bringing the total amount of the award to $10,000 over two years.

The UVM English Department is pleased to announce the creation of the Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistantship, which will be awarded biennially to an outstanding applicant to the Master's Program in English. The fellowship will cover two years of tuition plus stipend pay (of around $15,500) for each of those years. The Buckham Graduate Teaching Assistant will receive training in pedagogy, and will teach, along with the department's other Graduate Teaching Assistants, in the university's First-Year Writing Program. The Graduate Committee will consider all applicants for this fellowship, though preference will be given to in-state residents.

Contact the English Graduate Program

Contact Professor Helen Scott, Director of the Graduate Program, at hscott@uvm.edu

Follow the links below to the University catalogue for a printable version of degree requirements.

MA Catalogue

AMP Catalogue