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UP NEXT: December 9, 2013 | "From Anthology to Archive: Reed’s Osiris, Pound’s Mumbo Jumbo," Jeremy Braddock, Cornell University
Faculty Search Launched, Joint with Asian Studies: Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese
Daniel Walden, Professor Emeritus, publishes "Saul Bellow’s Urban Vision: Ambiguities and Anxieties"
Welcome to the Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State. We offer graduate degrees (M.A., Ph.D.) in Comparative Literature, an undergraduate major in Comparative Literature, a minor in World Literature, and language curricula. We are about to launch a new dual-title Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, and we have links with English, French, German, Spanish, and other fields at Penn State, as well as with institutions elsewhere.
Our range is global and our graduate programs draw on departmental strengths in medieval and early modern studies, inter-American studies, modernism, Asian studies, African studies, and faculty interests in comparative work on globalization, diaspora, and film and other new media.
Our research and teaching interests are wide-ranging and are defined by the intellectual possibilities of our ideas: comparative literature is above all about understanding how literary and social forms are shaped by the plural languages and cultural contexts through which they come into being.
Caroline D. Eckhardt, Department Head
429 Burrowes Building
University Park, PA 16802
phone: 814.863.0589 | fax: 814.863.8882 | email: firstname.lastname@example.org