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Comparative Literature (Interdepartmental)
Director: Associate Professor Carmen Esteves (Languages & Literatures)
Advisory Council: Professor Maria DiPaolo (Languages and Literatures), Professor Oscar Montero (Languages and Literatures), Professor Thomas Spear (Languages and Literatures), and Associate Professor Scott Westrem (English).
Participating Departments: Anthropology; English; History; Languages and Literatures; Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies; and Philosophy.
Participating Programs: Italian-American Studies, Latin American and Puerto Rican Studies, and Women's Studies.
The interdepartmental major in Comparative Literature leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree. Comparative Literature investigates literary works from the perspective of more than one national literature; works are often studied in conjunction with other intellectual disciplines, such as anthropology, the arts, history, and philosophy. Traditionally, comparatists have focused on literary movements, genres, and historical periods, and on the history of literary themes and ideas, primarily within the context of Western literatures. More recently, comparatists have become interested in emergent and non-Western literatures, in minor genres like biography, in the history of education and the theory of reading, in women's studies, and in literary theory. The major in Comparative Literature is approved for students minoring in Early Childhood and Childhood Education.
Last modified: 9/16/2013