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For over thirty years, Comparative Literature has offered outstanding 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 Department's approach is wide-ranging and rigorous. Areas of curricular emphasis include theories of literature and interpretation, theory and practice of translation, narrative and discourse theory, theories of literary history, canon and world literature, psychoanalytic theory, film analysis, gender studies, and a range of cross-cultural studies, from Orientalism/Occidentalism to multiculturalism in the Americas.
Comparative Literature is an interdisciplinary study of literary texts, theories and traditions. Courses in Comparative Literature examine works from many national traditions, and also study the relations between literature and the other arts, including film and music. The Comparative perspective includes insights from philosophy, history, linguistics, anthropology, psychology, media studies, and the social and natural sciences as well as the arts.
Three tracks lead to the B.A. Degree in Comparative Literature. All three emphasize critical analysis of texts in several languages, one of which may be English. The first track requires work in two languages, while the more advanced second track allows the student to work in three languages. The third track allows the exploration of the relationship of literature to an extraliterary discipline such as film, religion, sociology or health science. Because of the individual nature of each student's program of study in Comparative Literature, students are expected to work closely with their advisors to ensure a coherent pattern of coursework.
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The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature offers three graduate degrees: an Masters in Translation, an Masters in Comparative Literature, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature.
The Master of Arts in Translation Studies is a separate track of the M.A. in Comparative Literature. Thirty-three credits are required. The degree can be completed in one year, including the summer, with two semesters of four courses each (12 credits each) and a summer spent writing the thesis (9 credits). Two languages are required (one may be English). Students will explore practical techniques and strategies of translation in addition to theoretical and cultural studies implications of their field.
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