Comparative literature is the study of literature, theory, and criticism across the boundaries of language, nation, culture, artistic medium, genre, and historical period.

Faculty

Comparative literature and affiliated faculty are accomplished teachers, scholars, and writers whose work appear in respected journals, as articles in scholarly magazines, and in a range of books. Faculty work closely with students to help them shape their course of study from a wide range of possible materials.

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Program Overview

Comparative literature is the study of literature, theory, and criticism across the boundaries of language, nation, culture, artistic medium, genre, and historical period. Faculty in Oberlin’s program are drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences. The curriculum emphasizes these important areas of the discipline:

  • Literary theory
  • Literature and the other arts
  • East-West studies
  • European languages and literatures
  • Translation

Comparative literature enables students to integrate their studies in more than one discipline. Because the major requires a combination of depth, breadth, and creativity, students consult with advisors to create individualized curricular pathways that match their specific interests. The major requires advanced proficiency in a language other than English and a senior capstone or honors project.

Program alumni have attended top graduate programs, received numerous Fulbrights, and other fellowships. They’ve embarked on to successful careers in academia, journalism, film, nonprofit organizations, publishing, libraries, the arts, and teaching at all levels.

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Comparative Literature News

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Teaching in the New Normal: Translation Symposium

April 26, 2020
These days, the classroom has taken on new meaning for both faculty and students at Oberlin. In this edition of Teaching in the New Normal, Professor Kirk Ormand describes how this year’s Translation Symposium looked different than in years past.

Comparative Literature Facilities

Peters Hall

Peters Hall

World language classrooms and offices for academic services and programs are found in this picturesque building completed in 1887 and renovated in 1996.