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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Congratulations, Marshall Brown!

Marshall Brown will be retiring at the end of this academic year after nearly 30 years at the University of Washington. Friends gathered on Friday, May 20, to thank him and wish him well.  Marshall didn't want a retirement gift. Rather, he challenged the faculty to... Continue reading

"Teaching World Literature Conference" - Save the date!

The conference Teaching World Literature: Debates, Models, Pedagogies will bring noted leaders in the field of world literature to the University of Washington on October 21-22, 2016. The conference explores... Continue reading
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Till Death Do Us Part: The Enduring Appeal of the Orpheus & Eurydice Legend

Several CLCM faculty will be presenting at a "short takes" event sponsported by the College of Arts and Sciences on Tuesday, May 17th at 7:00pm.  UW Humanities and Arts Division faculty... Continue reading

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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