Comparative Literature at UMass Amherst is actively engaged in defining new paradigms and problems within the discipline.
Comparative Literature is, by definition, a comprehensive and complex discipline: its practitioners become adept in multiple cultures and its tradition emphasizes interdisciplinary, theoretical, and engaged research and teaching. Our students study relationships between translation and transnationalism, theory and media, gender and cultural formation across time, literary history and psychoanalysis, "East"-"West" cultural encounters, human rights and global censorship, postcolonial and diaspora studies, and a variety of studies in the media and moving images.
If you study Comparative Literature, you learn languages and you travel. It’s as simple as that. But the pay-off is anything but simple. Today, international knowledge and international experience give employees an edge in nearly every field. Careers in media, law, public service, the non-profit sector, international business, and academia are among those represented by Comparative Literature graduates.