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Formally established in 1906 with the appointment of William Henry Schofield, Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature enjoyed a prestigious history throughout the twentieth century, and it has taken on an expanded role in the twenty-first century. With a faculty that has included such scholars as Irving Babbitt, Albert Lord, Harry Levin, Claudio Guillén, and Barbara Johnson, the department has played a crucial role in shaping what remains a polymorphous discipline. Read More.