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  • Interpreting and Translation Research Students Visit the United Nations

    Combining theory and practice and taking advantage of the UMass New York Professional Outreach Program, NYPOP, Cristiano Mazzei, director of translator and interpreter training, took his students for a visit to the United Nations. As part of their Comp-Lit 582 course, Interpreting and Translation Research and Practice II. Students toured the organization and had a private briefing with Mr. Sergei Kochetkov, Chief of the Russian Interpretation Section who discussed the day-to-day activities of interpreters, their challenges and more.

  • 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.

  • Career Opportunities

    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.

  • Literary Studies

    The study of literary texts (writing judged by a culture to be important for its aesthetic, content or contextual qualities) is an ancient discipline practiced for more than a millennium in cultures around the globe. By collaborating with other departments and institutions, employing media and communications technologies, and thinking beyond the bounds of the conventional classroom, Comparative Literature is continuously developing and improving this study through creativity and innovation.

  • Film Concentration

    Since 1991, Film (as a concentration) has become a dynamic center fo interdepartmental and interdisciplinary activity with participation from a solid core of faculty members representing fifteen departments from the College of Humanities and Fine Arts, the School of Behavioral and Social Sciences, and the School of Education. The Program offers both an Undergraduate and Graduate Certificate in the Film Concentration.

  • 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.


Associate Prof. Jessica Barr, Ph.D. Will Present at the 21st Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer Society

July 10, 2018

Associate Professor Jessica Barr, Ph.D. will present her paper, "How Long, O Lord? Mystical Impatience and the Will of God.", at the Twenty-First Biennial International Congress of the New Chaucer...

Associate Prof. Jessica Barr, Ph.D. Will Present at the Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

April 13, 2018

Associate Professor Jessica Barr, Ph.D. will present her paper, "Silence in the Wilderness: Gender and Landscape in the Roman de Silence." at this year's Sewanee Medieval Colloquium at the...

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Job Talk with Rachel Green, Ph.D.

UMASS Amhert, Herter Hall 601
4:00 pm to 6:01 pm


ACLA Conference 2018

University of California, Los Angeles
(All day)


Colonial Latin America: Interdepartmental Lecture Series

Univeristy of Massachusetts Amherst, Herter 301
4:00 pm

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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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