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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Alan-Michael Weatherford presenting at the next Scholars' Studio! 

Current Ph.D. student Alan-Michael Weatherford will be presenting at the next Scholars' Studio! UW Scholars' Studio is an informal event that features rapid-fire presentations (5 minutes each) given by... Continue reading

Steve Groening guest faculty speaker for "Tweeting from the Classroom" workshop

The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and UW-IT Learning Technologies will be hosting its “In Practice” Workshop Series.  Faculty guest speakers and consultants from the CTL and UW... Continue reading


Mar 5
UW Scholars' Studio 4:00pm: Research Commons, Allen Library South
Apr 10
Exec Comm Meeting 11:30am: PDL B528
Apr 20
Nicholas Paige (Berkeley)
Histories & Futures of Reading: On small data and the novel
4:00pm: Communications 202
Apr 24

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)