Welcome from the Chair

Reflecting the ongoing paradigm shift of comparative studies from an almost exclusive focus on Western European traditions to a newly global awareness, our faculty ranks have expanded in recent years to encompass a world-wide range of languages and cultures, even as we pursue new approaches to an expanded range of European literatures themselves.
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Welcome from the Director of Undergraduate Studies

The undergraduate concentration in Comparative Literature offers students the opportunity to design a program of study that works across languages, cultures, and media in a comparative and interdisciplinary context. The open, flexible nature of the concentration allows students to develop an individualized program of study that incorporates literary and cultural analysis in the exploration of any number of fields and disciplines both within and beyond the Humanities.

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Welcome from the Director of Graduate Studies

Welcome to Harvard’s graduate program in Comparative Literature, one of the most dynamic and diverse in the country. Our twenty-seven faculty members and nearly fifty graduate students have come from across the globe to study, teach, and publish on literatures in several dozen languages from a wide range of historical periods.
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