Comparative Literature involves the study of literary texts, including graphic novels and comics, film and different forms of translation. Students engage in close reading of contemporary and historical texts in translation from around the world. Our faculty specialize in Africa, the Caribbean, West, East and Central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Our program is continuously developing and enlarging its scope through creative and innovative research and teaching. See Academics -> Course Descriptions
Professor Chris Couch teaches courses on the graphic novel, animation and comics including, Comic Art in North America. International Graphic Novel and International History of Animation. He served as senior editor at Kitchen Sink Press (Northampton) and editor in chief at CPM Manga (New York). His edited publications have won or were nominated for 17 Eisner and Harvey Awards. Current publications include the edited volume Conversations with Harvey Kurtzman, and a book on Batman artist and editorial cartoonist Jerry Robinson.
Comparative Literature film courses explore multiple cultures, language and genres, with an emphasis on film theory and analysis. Current courses include Introduction to Film Analysis: Cinematic Time Travel, International Film, Self-Reflective Avant-Garde Film, Cinema and Psyche, Narrative Avant-Garde Film, International Science Fiction, and Dystopian Futures in Film and Fiction. In addition to fulfilling requirements in the Comp Lit major tracks, our film courses fulfill Gen Ed requirements and count towards the Film Studies Certificate.
The program of Translation and Interpreting Studies within the Comp Lit program offers a grounding in translation and interpreting theory and research; practical expertise in translation and interpreting; a grounding in translation and interpreting technologies; and experience in creating and analyzing written and spoken translations. We offer Certificates in Translation and Interpreting Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level. For more information about our undergraduate and graduate courses and certificates, see Translation and Interpreting Studies.
Our faculty have expertise in research and teaching in literary studies (colonial, post-colonial, medieval and modern, the global south and eastern and western traditions), film and digital media, and translation and interpreting studies. For more information see Faculty and Faculty CVs.
Integrative Learning Center Main Lobby
September 23 to October 11
A New Exhibit at UMass Amherst featuring photographs, underground newspapers, and other documents from this bold and little-known movement.
Comp Lit faculty member Jim Hicks is contributing, both as translator and editor, to an exciting new project, launched by the Italian writer Erri De Luca, involving actors, writers, and artists from around the world.
May 26, 2020
In an epidemic centuries ago, ten young people flee from the city and take refuge in the countryside. They choose to write a tale each day for ten days. Such is the frame narrative for the hundred...
May 18, 2020
Asst. Prof. of Medieval Studies at the University of New Mexico and Comp Lit alum Nahir Otaño Gracia has been awarded a Mellon Fellowship and Membership to the Institute of Advanced Study at...
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- Flexibility in shaping a course of study to fit students' own intellectual goals
- Excellent student-faculty ratio
- Intellectual diversity and a global curriculum
- Lively in-class discussions
- Regular advising sessions and a supportive environment
- Strong general education in the humanities
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