As a Comparative Literature major, you focus on reading English translations of literatures originally written in other languages. You study these works in a comparative way, both cross-temporally and cross-regionally, giving you a broader cultural knowledge and important analytical skills. Finally, because you are reading works in translation, you also consider the art of translation and what it means to read a work of literature in a language other than its original one.

About the major

All majors complete courses on the art and theory of translating literature and a seminar titled “Discourses in Comparative Literature,” which provides the theoretical foundation for the major . You also complete a senior seminar or independent study with a faculty member.


Graduate Outcomes

Melanie Wattenbarger '09

Melanie is a Ph.D. student at Mumbai University, funded by a fellowship from the European Union. She has published book reviews in "World Literature Today," out of the University of Oklahoma.

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