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Zhe Geng named 2014 Comparative Literature Department Student Marshal

Comparative Literature Luncheon Series

Mondays at 12:15pm in 102 Kern
UP NEXT: See you in Fall 2014!

Historic Burrowes Building to undergo major renovation

Daniel Walden, Professor Emeritus, publishes "Saul Bellow’s Urban Vision: Ambiguities and Anxieties"

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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 have a new dual-title Ph.D. degree in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies, have launched a new dual-title degree in Comparative Literature and African 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 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.

Eric Hayot, Department Head
210 Ritenour Building
University Park, PA 16802
phone: 814.863.0589 | fax: 814.863.8882 | email:


Department of Comparative Literature
The Pennsylvania State University
215 Ritenour Building | University Park, PA 16802
phone: 814.863.0589 | fax: 814.863.8882 | email:

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