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  Graduate School–New Brunswick 2010–2012 Research Centers, Bureaus, and Institutes Transliteratures Project  

Transliteratures Project

107B Ruth Adams Building, Douglass Campus

Telephone: 732-932-3601


Uri Eisenweig, Director

The Transliteratures Project is dedicated to the promotion of foreign literatures and cultures at Rutgers. On the graduate level, the project focuses on helping students in foreign literature programs better situate the culture in which they specialize in an international context. Participants in the project are the graduate programs in classics, comparative literature, French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Portuguese.

All students in participating programs are required to take at least two seminars in a foreign literature program other than their own. To allow students to satisfy this requirement, all foreign literature programs offer a number of seminars taught in English, with texts available in translation.

Transliteratures also coordinates and funds intensive foreign language reading classes for beginners. These tuition-free classes are offered every summer and are open exclusively to Rutgers graduate students.

The Transliteratures Project offers special, competitive graduate fellowships to outstanding graduate applicants in classics, comparative literature, French, German, Italian, and Spanish and Portuguese. Transliteratures fellows need to have advanced knowledge in at least two of the foreign languages taught at the graduate level at Rutgers, and are required to take two regular seminars in a foreign literature other than the one they specialize in, with the texts read in the original language. The two seminars are in addition to the normal credit requirements of the fellows' respective home programs.

The Transliteratures Project funds small research and conference related travel grants for foreign literature students, whether they are fellows or not, and cosponsors a wide range of lectures and conferences organized by the foreign literature programs. Transliteratures also encourages, supports, and sometimes funds the teaching of undergraduate language classes by students who are fluent in the language, even if their graduate studies are in another language area. This interdepartmental experience has proven valuable in today's tight job market.

The Rutgers Transliteratures Project has been in existence since academic year 2000-2001.

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