Comparative Literature is about exploring 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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New book by Maureen Jackson (Ph.D. 2008)

We received news from Maureen Jackson (Ph.D. 2008) of her new book "Mixing Musics: Turkish Jewry and the Urban Landscape of a Sacred Song."  The book traces the mixing of musical forms and practices in Istanbul to illuminate multiethnic music-making and... Continue reading

Yasi Naraghi's "Iran in Photography" Exhibit

Yasi Naraghi (current Ph.D. student) will have a photo show "Iran in Photography" at the Zeitgeist Art & Coffee in Pioneer Square. An exhibition of black and white archival fiber prints of Iran through September 4th. Opening reception on... Continue reading

Allison Ross (current B.A. Cinema Studies Honors student) receives Mary Gates Research Scholarship

Allison Ross, has been awarded a Mary Gates Research Scholarship for work on her honor's project with Professor Jennifer Bean.  Her project "Open-... Continue reading


Aug to Sep 1 to 4
Yasi Naraghi's "Iran in Photography" Exhibit (All day): Zeitgeist Art & Coffee

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)