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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World Literature conference flyer

"Teaching World Literature Conference" October 21-22, 2016

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... Continue reading
Book cover for Korean translation of Dispossession: The Performative in the Political

Korean translation of Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou's Dispossession: The Performative in the Political 

Cinema and Media Studies doctoral student Ungsan Kim's Korean translation of Judith Butler and Athena Athanasiou's ... Continue reading
Aguirre book cover

New faculty publication: Aguirre, the Wrath of God 

 The latest publication from Eric Ames, Aguirre, the Wrath of Godpart of the... 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

Department Fact Sheet (PDF)