Associate Professor Sharon Diane Nell, Director, Program in Comparative Literature; Professor Bruce Clarke, Graduate Advisor.
Administered by the Comparative Literature Committee, which is composed of faculty from the Department of English and the Department of Classical and Modern Languages and Literatures, this interdisciplinary specialization gives students the opportunity to study literature from an international perspective, to study two or more national literatures, and to concentrate attention upon the following special fields: periods, genres, theories, or relationships between literatures and other arts and disciplines.
At the master's level, there are majors in classical humanities, English, French, German, and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. At the doctoral level, majors are offered in English and Spanish with specializations in comparative literature. Students specializing in comparative literature at both the M.A. and Ph.D. levels must be admitted to the program in which they plan to major (e.g., English, Spanish, etc.). The graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature oversees the preparation of the comparative literature specialization.
Comparative literature candidates who are not international students should have completed sufficient language study to begin or continue graduate work in the literature of at least two languages. Inquires concerning sound preparation for master's and doctor's level specializations in comparative literature should be addressed to the graduate advisor of the program in comparative literature.
At the master's level, students are required to take at least five courses for the specialization: at least two graduate literature courses in languages other than their major and at least two graduate Comparative Literature (C LT) courses. The fifth course may be an interdisciplinary elective, approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. Degree plans must be approved by both the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
At the Ph.D. level, the specialization involves a minimum of six courses: at least two in Comparative Literature (C LT); at least three graduate courses must be taught in one or more foreign languages. The sixth course may be an interdisciplinary elective, approved by the graduate advisor of the comparative literature program. A student's program is supervised by a doctoral committee drawn up in consultation with the student's major advisor and the graduate advisor in comparative literature.
Courses in Comparative Literature. (C LT)
5301. Theories of Literature (3:3:0). Intensive exploration of selected theories or methodologies of literary study. May be repeated.
5304. Literature and Other Disciplines (3:3:0). Selected studies of the relations between literature and other disciplines such as history, philosophy, anthropology, psychology, and natural sciences. May be repeated for credit. Readings in English.
5310. Literature and Cultural Studies (3:3:0). Places a variety of national literatures in relation to other cultural institutions and structures. May be repeated for credit. Readings in English.
5314. Literature and Gender (3:3:0). Examines the representation of gender in various national literatures. May be repeated for credit.
5350. The Classical Tradition (3:3:0). Designed to acquaint students with the influence of ancient Greece and Rome on Western culture. Readings in English. (CLHM 5350)
5355. Studies in Comparative Literature (3:3:0). Practice of the study of comparative literature with emphasis on themes and motifs. (ENGL 5355)
7000. Research (V1-12).
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