Award Date

December 2018

Degree Type


Degree Name

Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)



First Committee Member

Denise Tillery

Second Committee Member

Ed Nagelhout

Third Committee Member

Vincent Perez

Fourth Committee Member

Alicia Rico

Number of Pages



“Literature in the World” is a critical discourse analysis of world literature pedagogy in U.S. higher education. It investigates the ways discourse communities in higher education produce and shape the field of world literature. The dissertation begins by establishing and analyzing the generic conventions of university mission statements, finding they are primarily dominated by discourse on global learning. It follows with an analysis of world literature course descriptions from the same schools. World literature course descriptions alternatively replicate, resist, or subvert global learning discourses. The last chapter uses findings from the first two chapters to trace how university and instructor discourses shape world literature reading lists, and thus the field of world literature at the textual level. By analyzing global learning and world literature within various academic discourse communities, I find that pedagogical discourse has a strong influence on world literature texts. I therefore recommend that pedagogical praxis be taken under more serious consideration in both course design and literary generic conventions.


Critical discourse; Pedagogy; Rhetoric; World literature


Arts and Humanities | Curriculum and Instruction | Education | Rhetoric