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Ph.D. in Comparative Literature

The Ph.D. in Comparative Literature provides rigorous training in multiple languages and literatures, comparative cultural methods, and critical theory, leading to careers in the academy and beyond. Our faculty and students come from across the globe to study, teach, and publish on literatures in several dozen languages from a wide range of historical periods. Course work in at least three national literatures and related fields provides the basis for work on translation, the history of ideas, gender and women’s studies, cinema and media, Holocaust and genocide studies, multilingualism, postcolonialism, the environmental and medical humanities, globalization, and world literature. Our students and faculty also work in a variety of fields contiguous with literature, including the visual arts, film and television, music, history, law, philosophy, and medicine.

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