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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Media Publics Research Group flyer

Design Thinking and Classical Hollywood Cinema

The inaugural talk of the 'Media Publics' research group will be on Friday, Nov 18, 3:00-4:30 in the Allen Auditorium, UW-Seattle campus. James Tweedie (CLCM), will present his research-in-progress... Continue reading
Romanian Film Festival 2016 poster

Third edition of Romanian Film Festival in Seatte to be held November 18-20, 2016

Once again, the American Romanian Cultural Society (ARCS) has organized their annual Romanian Film Festival, One Eye Laughing, One Eye Crying.  ARCS, co-founded by... Continue reading
World Literature conference panel participants

Thanks to all for making the conference a great success!

The “Teaching World Literature: Debates, Models, Pedagogies”conference was held on October 21-22, 2016 on the University of Washington campus.  The conference explored the teaching of world literature and the possibility of a new... Continue reading


Dec 7
CLCM end of quarter potluck 12:00pm: PDL B11-13
Feb 10
CLCM Faculty Meeting 1:30pm: PDL B526
Mar 10
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)