• Global Perspectives

    Comparative Literature offers opportunities for study at the crossroads of various disciplines. From the exploration of techniques of critical reading and interpretation to the development of theoretical perspectives, the program's approach is wide-ranging.

  • Book Launch Party and Reading

    Please Join Us at a BOOK LAUNCH PARTY and READING Wednesday, April 26, 7:00pm at AMHERST BOOKS (8 Main Street, Amerst)

    Robert A. Rothstein, Amesbury Professor of Polish Language, Literature and Culture, Comparative Literature, Umass Amherst

  • mOthertongue 22nd Annual Publication Reception

    Drop in and celebrate the 22nd-anniversary publication of mOthertongue: the Multilingual Journal of the Arts!

    Meet the contributors! Hear the pieces performed! Pick up a copy of the journal! Food provided!

    Special Guest Speakers: Patrick Donnelly- Poet Laureate of of Northampton, MA, and Matthew Andrews, Co-Director of Yoga Center Amherst Contact for more info.

  • Who We Are

    The Comparative Literature faculty have strengths in film and digital media, translation and interpreting, colonial and post-colonial, and medieval and modern. With them, students explore, compare, and contrast different languages, a variety of cultural traditions, in multiple forms of media.

    Faculty pictured are, from left to right, back row: Bill Moebius, Cathy Portuges, Chris Couch, Jessica Barr, Edwin Gentzler,  and Jim Hicks; front row:  Don Levine, Marisol Barbón, Maria Tymoczko, Moira Inghilleri, Annette Damayanti Lienau, and Kathryn Lachman.

Robert Rothstein Publishes Two New Books

April 20, 2017

The present volume is a continuation to Rothstein’s first collection, Two Words to the Wise.  This edited collection of seventy-five of his columns deals with topics ranging from pierogi to pączki,...

Moira Inghilleri Publishes New Book

March 29, 2017

Moira Inghilleri's new book, Translation and Migration (London: Routledge), examines the ways in which the presence or absence of translation in situations of migratory movement has currently and...

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Why Comparative Literature?

  • 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


Career opportunities with a degree in Comparative Literature are diverse and may include advertising, branding, copy editing, corporate communications, consulting, education, the film and television industry, graduate school, human resources, interpreter, IT journalism, law librarian, literary agent, marketing, medicine, multi-media production, online market research, proofreader, paralegal, publishing, public health, translator, theater, freelance writing, or speech.

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