The Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media offers opportuntities to explore connections — connections among various literary, visual, and cultural traditions in a global world; connections between past and present; and connections across different academic disciplines and modes of intellectual inquiry.

Comparative Literature trains students in the critical analysis of texts, seeking to understand how the rhetorical and aesthetic features of those texts—whether literary, visual, or theoretical—negotiate and shape social values, attitudes, and beliefs. International in scope and interdisciplinary in orientation, our field emphasizes intellectual breadth and fosters intellectual initiative by maximizing students’ opportunities to design their own courses of study.

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Norma Kaminsky recieves Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship

Congratulations to Norma Kaminsky who has been awareded the Elizabeth Kerr Macfarlane Endowed Scholarship from the UW College of Arts and Sciences for 2015-2016!

UW hosts the Piers Plowman International Conference

The UW is hosting the Piers Plowman International Conference July 23-25.  Míċeál Vaughan, UW professor of English and Comparative Literature is one of the conference organizers. The conference is sponsored by the College of Arts... Continue reading

Milan Vidakovic selected as Hanauer Fellow for 2015-2016

Milan Vidakovic (current Ph.D. student) has been selected as a 2015-2016 Joff Hanuaer Excellence in Wester Civilization Graduate Fellow. Selections were based on their record of achievement and commitment to critical study... Continue reading


Oct 2
CLCM Welcome Party 4:00pm: Simpson Center
Oct 9
CLCM Exec Comm Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526
Oct 23
CLCM Faculty Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526
Nov 6
Nov 20
CLCM Faculty Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526

Quick Facts

Students (Autumn 2011):
94 Undergraduate Majors
40 Graduate Students
1,992 Total Student Enrollment

Degrees Awarded (July 2010-June 2011):
53 Bachelor of Arts degrees
3 Master of Arts degrees
6 Ph.D. degrees

Department Fact Sheet (PDF)