Comparative Literature is about exploring 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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José Alaniz to assume the directorship of the UW Disability Studies Program

We have just received notice that Associate Professor José Alaniz will assume the directorship of the UW Disability Studies Program in summer, 2014. Disability Studies at the University of... Continue reading

James Tweedie's book wins Katherine Singer Kovacs Book Award from the Society for Cinema & Media Studies

The Age of New Waves: Art Cinema and the Staging of Globalization (Oxford UP, 2013) Professor James Tweedie's latest book The Age of New... Continue reading

 Jennifer M. Bean Q & A with Guinevere Turner after Go Fish screening at SIFF Cinema

Actress, screenwriter, and queer film icon Guinevere Turner will be in Seattle for a special 20th Anniversary screening of Go Fish, which she co-wrote... Continue reading


Apr 24
Lawrence Kritzman (Dartmouth)
The Future of French and the Future of the Humanities
3:30pm: THO 211
Apr 25
Lawrence Kritzman (Dartmouth)
Malraux's Death Sentences
3:30pm: Petersen Room, Allen Library (4th Floor, Room 485)
May 1
Agnieszka Taborska (Rhode island School of Design)
Femmes Fatales Figures in Late 19th and Early 20th Century Western Art
7:00pm: Walker-Ames Room, Kane Hall

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)