Students who have concentrated in Comparative Literature (formely Literature) have gone on to careers in a variety of fields: academics, journalism, film, law, medicine, and business, among others.
Past alumni include:
Alice Speri, 2009, Graduate Student in Comparative Literature
Annie Stone, 2010, Aquisitions Editor, Alloy Entertainment; Senior Thesis: “Twentieth-Century Eve: Damned Daughters from C. S. Lewis to Philip Pullman”
Kevin Stone, 2013, Fulbright Scholar, Germany; Senior Thesis: “Exploring Alternative Spaces: Spatial Orders, Heterotopias, and Secret Spaces in Schnitzler’s Traumnovelle, Musil’s Törless, and Kafka’s Das Schloss”
Ben Tarnoff, 2007, Writer, Moneymakers: The Wicked Lives and Surprising Adventures of Three Notorious Counterfeiters; Senior Thesis: “Typographical Modernism and New Media in the Weimar Republic; or, How el Lissitzky and László Moholy-Nagy Made the Printed Page a Vision of Social Hope”
Diane Wachtell, 1985, Executive Director, The New Press; Senior Thesis: “Paradox Lost: An Eschatology for the Modern Novel”
Rachel Weinerman, 2003, Physician; Senior Thesis: “A Modern Aggadah: M.Y. Berdichevsky and the Reshaping of the Hebrew Narrative Tradition”
Oussama Zahr, 2004, Editor, Opera News; Senior Thesis: “Spectatorship as Masochism in Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca”
Founded as a graduate program in 1904 and joining with the undergraduate Literature Concentration in 2007, Harvard’s Department of Comparative Literature operates at the crossroads of multilingualism, literary study, and media history.