Comparative Literature

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Comparative Literature is a wide-ranging, multicultural program of studies in poetry, prose, drama, film, and related arts.

Housed in the Department of Language, Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature is by nature interdisciplinary and has strong ties with several other departments in the University. In addition to the courses offered by the department in comparative literature and literatures in foreign languages, the student is encouraged to take courses in English, history, humanistic geography, philosophy, and visual and performing arts.

One of the special aspects of the program is the emphasis on developing a practical and critical approach to texts. This may take the form of play production, seminars in translation of lyric poetry and drama, and supervised work in contemporary critical theory (i.e., relations between text and performance, spectator positioning, and reader response).