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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Text and Teachers Program featured in College of Arts & Sciences newsletter

The Text and Teachers program launched by Gary Handwerk (Professor of English and Comparative Literature) was featured in the March 2015 issue of the College of Arts & Sciences... Continue reading

Eric Ames featured on The Whole U  

Eric Ames was featured on the lastest Faculty Friday Spotlight on The Whole U.  You can read the feature at the following: The Whole U 


Apr 20
Nicholas Paige (Berkeley)
Histories & Futures of Reading: On small data and the novel
4:00pm: Communications 202
Apr 24
May 14
Janice Radway (Northwestern)
Histories and Futures of Reading: On girl zine networks
3:30pm: HUB 145
May 15
Exec Comm Meeting 11:30am: PDL B528
May 15 to 16

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)