Message from the Director
“I have always imagined that Paradise will be a kind of library.”
-Jorge Luis Borges
“If there’s a book you really want to read but it hasn’t been written yet, then you must write it.”
Offered by celebrated writers Borges and Morrison, these statements indicate some of the hallmarks of Belmont’s “Master of Arts in English” program. Professors and students are genuinely passionate about reading and writing. Belmont faculty members are also deeply committed to student learning, which means that this love of reading and writing is pursued within a community of engagement, inquiry, and mutual collaboration. Perhaps William Butler Yeats’ words, “Education is not the filling of a pail but the lighting of a fire,” best describe the teaching philosophy and pedagogical practice of the graduate English faculty.
Not surprisingly, Belmont’s “Master of Arts in English” program provides a supportive atmosphere in which book lovers can stoke their passions for literature—as creators, consumers, and interpreters. To this end we offer two tracks, one in literature and one in writing. The literature track focuses on studying literary texts—what they are; how they work; how their contexts are relevant; and the approaches through which they can be understood, interpreted, and appreciated. The writing track affords students the opportunity to study various literary genres and to work toward developing their own literary achievements, receiving feedback from faculty and peers along the way. Both tracks combine academic rigor and a caring faculty who are committed to encouraging students to succeed in their pursuits, both at Belmont and beyond.
If you have questions about our program, please contact me at the email address link or phone number listed below. In the meantime, I’ll be here, awaiting your messages, thinking about how to stoke the fires of learning, and—of course—reading books.
contact Dr. Annette Sisson
Because "it's never too late to be what you might have been."
- George Eliot (a.k.a Mary Ann Evans)