Bard Literature Program


Upcoming Events


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    Annual Bard Fiction Prize Is Awarded to Alexandra Kleeman 

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    The John Ashbery Poetry Series Presents Celebrated Poet Jennifer Moxley at Bard College on Thursday, November 5

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    National Book Award–Winning Author Joyce Carol Oates to Give Reading at Bard College, Monday, October 26

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    Novelist Bradford Morrow and Testament Guitarist Alex Skolnick Present A Bestiary, An Evening of Text and Music at Bard College, Tuesday, October 20

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    Venerated Financial Journalist Carol Loomis to Inaugurate John J. Curran ’75 Lectures in Journalism Series at Bard College on Monday, October 5


Literature Student Activities and Accomplishments

Neha Jain ’10 is a full-time student at Georgetown University, getting her master’s in PR/Communications. Prior to this, Neha worked at Discovery Communications and REI Systems in various communications coordinator roles. She is also currently working on editing a fantasy … Continue reading Posted on 5 June 2014 | 8:51 am

Literature Faculty Activities and Accomplishments

Congratulations to Bard’s own Marina van Zuylen who will be honored by President Obama at the White House and presented with a National Humanities Medal on behalf of the Clemente Course in the Humanities next week. Bard runs the Clemente … Continue reading Posted on 6 March 2014 | 8:49 am

The Literature Program at Bard is free from the barriers that are often set up between critical and creative engagement, between different national literatures, or between the study of language and the study of the range of intellectual, historical, and imaginative dimensions to which literature is changing forms persistently refer.

If language is among our most expressive media, our most thoughtful media, then its careful study can only enrich our communication with each other: present, past, and future. The study of literature is grounded in the study of words and syntax: how we make meaning in language and how language makes meaning in us.