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Our 100 and 200 level courses are open to everyone. Undergraduate students at this level read works in translations which are carefully selected for their fidelity to the original or for their literary value or both. We utilize many approaches in these introductory courses. Some of them explore the relationships among various modern European literatures, while others compare the techniques of two different modes of expression, such as film and literature. Some courses are organized by type or genre—Short Story, Spiritual Autobiography. Others trace a theme that has fascinated different authors for centuries, such as Brave New Worlds. Still other courses may take a particular aspect of a national literature and explore it in an international context. Most Comparative Literature courses at all levels include a theory component that embraces both literary and other cultural texts.

Courses at the 300-500 levels tend to be more specialized: majors in Comparative Literature and in particular languages have the opportunity to use the languages they are studying by reading the original texts. 300-400 level courses are open to all students with language proficiency. Comparative Literature majors must earn 15 credits through such upper-level courses, along with upper-level courses in at least two other departments of literature, with the guidance of their advisor.

Graduate courses in Comparative Literature cover a wide range of primary texts and critical theories. With an emphasis on reading and working in original languages, graduate level courses address topics in poetics, film, translation, literary theory, empire, medieval studies, and other areas crossing lines of language, culture, the arts and academic disciplines. Graduate students, together with a faculty member, may design independent-study courses to explore specific topics of particular interest to them.

 

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