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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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

Mimi Nielsen awarded a Graduate School Chester Fritz Fellowship for international study

Current doctoral student Mimi Nielsen has been selected to receivre the Graduate School Chester Fritz Fellowship for international study or research for the... Continue reading

Filmmaker Werner Herzog examined in new book of interviews

Eric Ames, a Professor of Germanics and a member of the Cinema Studies faculty, answered a few questions for UW Today about his recent book "Werner Herzog: Interviews... Continue reading


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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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