Comparative Literature at Brown

  • Exotic Encounters Spring 2016

    Exotic Encounters Spring 2016

  • NEW COURSES FOR SPRING 2016

    NEW COURSES FOR SPRING 2016

  • Fiction and History Spring 2016

    Fiction and History Spring 2016

  • Forrest Gander, The Trace

    Forrest Gander, The Trace

  • Tamara Chin, "Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination"

    Tamara Chin, "Savage Exchange: Han Imperialism, Chinese Literary Style, and the Economic Imagination"

  • Kevin McLaughlin, Poetic Force: Poetry After Kant

    Kevin McLaughlin, Poetic Force: Poetry After Kant

  • Stephanie Merrim, The Glories of Querétaro

    Stephanie Merrim, The Glories of Querétaro

  • Kenneth Haynes, edition of Geoffrey Hill's complete poems, "Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012"

    Kenneth Haynes, edition of Geoffrey Hill's complete poems, "Broken Hierarchies: Poems 1952-2012"

  • Karen Newman and Jane Tylus, editors, Early Modern Cultures of Translation

    Karen Newman and Jane Tylus, editors, Early Modern Cultures of Translation

  • Hannah Freed-Thall, Spoiled Distinctions

    Hannah Freed-Thall, Spoiled Distinctions

  • Michelle Clayton, Poetry in Pieces: César Vallejo and Lyric Modernity

    Michelle Clayton, Poetry in Pieces: César Vallejo and Lyric Modernity

Comparative literature is the study of literature and other cultural expressions across linguistic and cultural boundaries. At Brown, the Department of Comparative Literature is distinct in its conviction that literary research and instruction must be international in character, and its undergraduate and graduate programs are considered among the finest in the country. Undergraduate students study a generous range of literary works – from Western cultures, both ancient and modern, to Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic – to develop a focused critical understanding of how cultures differ from one another.

The graduate program is a vigorous and comprehensive study of literature and culture, utilizing a range of materials from several literatures to foster an understanding of individual authors, influences, literary movements, forms, and genres in a comparative critical context. The program is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of individual emphases in literature and culture, periods, genres, history, criticism, and theory.

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