Program Overview

Comparative Literature

The major in comparative literature focuses on the study of literature, theory, and criticism across the boundaries of language, nation, culture, artistic medium, genre, and historical period. Faculty in Oberlin’s Comparative Literature Program are drawn from the humanities, arts, and social sciences, allowing majors to integrate their studies in more than one discipline.

three women professors on stage discussing
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 Facts

Acting Chair

Anuradha (Anu) Needham,
Donald R. Longman Professor of English


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.

Comparative Literature News