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Anglistik VI: Comparative Literature

...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.


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Professor Soelve Curdts, Chair of the Department of Comparative Literature, has been appointed to the Executive Committee of the forum on English Romanticism (English Romantic Forum) of the Modern Language Association (MLA). The appointment is for a five-year term, beginning in January 2023.

The Modern Language Association is the world's largest organization of scholars of literature, culture, and language. MLA forums represent areas of scholarly and professional interests, and are directed by Executive Committees whose members are leading scholars in their fields.

The English Romantic Forum’s Executive Committee designs programming for the association’s annual convention, and for related conferences and publications devoted to Romanticism.

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