The Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media offers opportuntities to explore 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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Notes from the Chair

Welcome to the 2015-16 academic year! I am very excited about my new role as Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media. It’s a role that, as a former graduate student in this department, I never would have expected, but one I that am fortunate to have. For those who don’... Continue reading

Mary Childs (Ph.D. 2012) Co-Founder of the Georgian Digital Text Collective

Mary Childs (Ph.D. 2012) is one of the co-founders of the digital humanities project, Newbooks, and their website, the Georgian Digital Text Collective. ... Continue reading

A Toast to Míċeál Vaughan on His Retirement 

On May 29, 2015, friends of Míċeál Vaughan gathered to wish him well on the occasion of his retirement.  Below is the toast that Robert Stacey, Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, gave to honor and celebrate Professor Vaughan's career.  Thank... Continue reading


Oct 9
CLCM Exec Comm Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526
Oct 23
CLCM Faculty Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526
Oct 23
Oct 26
Valerie Henitiuk, MacEwan University
Memory Is So Different Now: Thoughts on the Translation of Inuit Literature
5:30pm: Communications 120
Oct 31
Cinema Dissection: Night of the Living Dead 11:00am: Seattle Center SIFF Film Center

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)