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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Marshall Brown gives keynote address at North American Society for the Study of Romanticism conference

Marshall Brown gave the keynote address in July at the annual conference of the North American Society for the Study of Romanticism. The talk, "... Continue reading

Welcome Professor Groening!

A warm welcome to Stephen Groening, who joins our faculty this fall.  The child of a mathematician and a diplomat, Stephen Groening grew up an international traveler of Europe and Central America. His upbringing has informed his primary research interest: the intersection of... Continue reading

Movie screening of the film, “Crisscross” by Mary Gates Venture Scholar Allison Ross (B.A. 2014)

Tuesday, June 10, 2014 - 2:30pm Mary Gates Hall Room 171-E The film is set in Seattle and is an adaptation of “Hamlet” by Shakespeare. There ... Continue reading


Oct 24
Oct 27
Leonardo Padura Fuentes
Escribir en Cuba en el siglo XXI / Writing in Cuba in the 21st Century  
3:30pm: Communications 202
Oct 31
Nov 7 to 9
Nov 12
Santiago Vaquera-Vásquez (Spanish, University of New Mexico)
Peregrino in the Borderlands
3:30pm: 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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