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  • Welcome to the UMass Comparative Literature website!



    We have a vibrant program with strengths in film and digital, translation and interpreting, colonial and post-colonial, and medieval and modern.  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.

  • 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.

  • New Courses for Spring 2017!



    Registration for Spring 2017 classes is open. CompLit has an array of exciting new courses. Please see our course listings in undergraduate studies or swing by 430 Herter to pick up a copy.  For questions, contact Jessica Barr, UPD, at jbarr@umass.edu.

  • mOthertongue Journal Launch



    The editors of the 2016 mOthertongue launch. Editors include Jill O'Loughlin, Jeannine Cullen, Diba Bijari, and Rachel Bae. Advisors include Marisol Barbón, Edwin Gentzler, and Bill Moebius. Keynote speaker (with flowers) is Dara Wier.

Gentzler publishes new book

November 10, 2016

On Nov. 10, 2016, Edwin Gentzler's new book, Translation and Rewriting in the Age of Post-Translation Studies (London: Routledge) has officially been published. In it, he argues that rewritings of ...

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Why Comparative Literature?

Comparative Literature is the international, interdisciplinary study of literary and other texts as modes of human expression. Students in Comparative Literature examine literary works from many national traditions, and also study the relations between literature and the other arts. The Comparative perspective includes insights from philosophy, history, linguistics, sociology, the media, and the other human sciences. 

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