School of Humanities and Sciences
While Comparative Literature seeks to prepare its students for reading and research in the languages and histories of different societies and periods, it is also dedicated to their critical and cultural analysis.
What You'll Study
While it seeks to prepare its students for reading and research in the languages and histories of different societies and periods, it is also dedicated to their critical and cultural analysis. Literary theory in all its forms helps to break down the borders between national literary fields, as well as between literary studies and other disciplines. Indeed, the discipline of Comparative Literature asks, often, just what "literature" is, and how it functions as a product of (and response to) our imaginations, our languages, and our social and economic lives. Students in our courses, majors in the department, and graduate students in the Ph.D. program all interact to shape debates about the place of the verbal arts (and the methods of their study) in past times and our own.
- Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages
- Undergraduate Program in Comparative Literature
- School of Humanities & Sciences
- Learn more about Comparative Literature in the Stanford Bulletin
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What Is Comparative Literature?
Ancient Knowledge, New Frontiers: How the Greek Legacy Became Islamic Science (CLASSICS 47, HUMCORE 121)
Masterpieces: Kafka (GERMAN 150, JEWISHST 145)
Poems, Poetry, Worlds (DLCL 141)
The Novel and the World (DLCL 143)
The Hebrew and Jewish Short Story (JEWISHST 147B)
The Laboring of Diaspora & Border Literary Cultures (CSRE 149, ILAC 149)
Philosophy and Literature (CLASSICS 42, ENGLISH 81, FRENCH 181, GERMAN 181, ILAC 181, ITALIAN 181, PHIL 81, SLAVIC 181)
Texts that Changed the World from the Ancient Middle East (HUMCORE 111, JEWISHST 150, RELIGST 150)
Dangerous Ideas (ARTHIST 36, EALC 36, ENGLISH 71, ETHICSOC 36X, FRENCH 36, HISTORY 3D, MUSIC 36H, PHIL 36, POLISCI 70, RELIGST 36X, SLAVIC 36, TAPS 36)
Comparative Fictions of Ethnicity (AMSTUD 51Q, CSRE 51Q)
Black Panther, Hamilton, Díaz, and Other Wondrous Lives (CSRE 55N)