Since the founding of the graduate program in 1964, comparative literature has evolved to include not only Western cultures, both ancient and modern, but also Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic. The department, in cooperation with the various literature departments and programs, offers a wide array of courses in literature, literary theory, and cultural studies.
The faculty includes 30 members of professorial rank with appointments wholly or partly in the department. As members of a medium-sized department in a relatively small university, graduate students enjoy unusual opportunities for close contact in and outside of the classroom. Students receive close guidance, including job–search preparation. The program accommodates a wide range of individual emphases in literature and culture, periods, genres, history, criticism, and theory. We hold several colloquia, lectures, and forums each year.
- Writing Sample: Required (10 pages maximum; we cannot read longer samples). Applicants must show high proficiency in two languages whose literatures are taught at Brown, and must also develop competence in a third language. Applicants are expected to have substantial undergraduate training in at least one national literature in addition to English.
- GRE General: Not required
- GRE Subject: Not required
Application Deadline: December 15