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Professor Sandy Zagarell, violinist Jennifer Koh ’97, and Associate Professor Claire Solomon ’98 participate in a symposium panel discussion exploring questions of literary and musical interpretation. Photo credit: Yevhen Gulenko
Program Overview

Comparative Literature

Program Type: Major, Minor
  • Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Department: Comparative Literature

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.

Why Study Comparative Literature at Oberlin?

Associated Faculty
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Variety of Courses
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Sample Courses

  • CMPL 230 - Introduction to Literature and the Visual Arts 4 credits
  • CMPL 250 - Introduction to Literary Translation: Theory, History, Practice 4 credits
  • CMPL 350 - Translation Workshop 4 credits
  • CMPL 457 - Caribbean Cultures and Literatures 4 credits

Comparative Literature Faculty

Comparative literature and affiliated faculty are accomplished teachers, scholars, and writers whose work appears 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.

Explore Faculty within Comparative Literature

Comparative Literature News

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Culture Writing with Sophie Kemp ’18

February 18, 2019
After graduating as a French and comparative literature double major, Sophie Kemp ’18 has been working at Pitchfork to kick-start her interests in culture writing.