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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New faculty publication: Cinema Beyond Territory: Inflight Entertainment and Atmoshperes of Globalization

Cinema Beyond Territory Inflight Entertainment and Atmospheres of Globalisation Stephen Groening Available... Continue reading

First Romanian Film Festival in the Pacific Northwest

Ileana Marin (Ph.D. 2011), affiliate with the Ellison Center for Russian, Eastern European and Central Asian Studies, University of Washington, together with two other alumni of the UW, Otilia Baraboi (French), and Ioana Miron (... Continue reading


Jan 14
Christina Lupton (Warwick)
Histories & Futures of Reading: On immersing networks in time
4:00pm: Communications 202
Jan 29
Feb 26
Apr 20
Nicholas Paige (Berkeley)
Histories & Futures of Reading: On small data and the novel
4:00pm: Communications 202

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

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