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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Associate Professor Jose Alaniz reviews new Russian film

Associate Professor Jose Alaniz reviews new Russian film 'Corrections Class' at Kinokultura.com Read the review here.  

Silent Film Online database now avaialble at UW Libraries

The Silent Film Online database, a streaming video service is now available at the University of Washington Libraries.  The collection is administered by Alexander... Continue reading


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Book Reading and Q&A with José Alaniz 7:00pm: University Book Store
Feb 26

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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