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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Vivian Lu receives Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Congratulations to Vivian Lu who has been awarded a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for her project with CLCM's Professor Stephen Groening. After completing her research on the mobile financial and social platform Venmo, Vivian... Continue reading

Anthony Geist Awarded Knighthood by Spain

Anothny Geist  (Spanish and Comparative Literature, Cinema and Media) has been awarded knighthood by Spain, one of the nation's highest civil honors for his exceptional service to the benefit of Spain.  A ceremony will be held on Saturday, April... Continue reading
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Jennifer M. Bean to host CineClub at the Paramount

Silent Movie Mondays is back!   STG Presents Silent Movie Mondays: Silent Treasures Series during the month of February.  The series features four treasures from the silent film era.  The series kicks off at the Paramount Theatre on... Continue reading


May 6
Siân Echard (UBC) and Alexandra Gillespie (Toronto)
Histories and Futures of Publication: On medieval books and their afterlives
3:30pm: Communications 202
May 12
Michael Papio (UMass Amherst)
Histories and Futures of Publication: On Boccaccio editing Dante
3:30pm: Communications 202
May 13
CLCM Faculty Meeting 10:30am: PDL B526
Jun 3
CLCM Faculty Meeting 1:30pm: PDL B526

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)