...Now I want
Spirits to enforce, art to enchant...
How do literary texts interact with one another, with other art forms, modes of thought and discourse, and with the world that surrounds them in all its complexity and uncertainty?
The Department of Comparative Literature introduces students to textual processes that cross linguistic as well as culturally and historically constructed boundaries. We invite students to explore literary texts in their rich and unique capacity to evoke the heterogeneous contexts from which they emerge, and which they in turn shape, articulate, render intelligible.
An ongoing engagement with these cultural practices challenges us to become—and remain—wide and close readers as well as critical and imaginative thinkers.