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Comparative Literature

Bronze statue of a horse and a young jockey circa 140 BC found in the sea off Cape Artemision

Comparative Literature at the University of Wisconsin-Madison takes an interdisciplinary approach to literary studies in an increasingly global world. With creative inquiry and rigor, we explore literatures in original languages and through translation. We sustain a strong tradition of working across cultures, temporalities, and disciplines while respecting the subtleties of context and difference.

In our courses and in our scholarship, we strive to leave home through novels and plays, stories and poems, films and artworks in order to return with fresh insights about language, culture, politics, and social history, aesthetics, ethics, and identity. Our journey to different parts of the globe through language and writing inspires ways to comprehend fundamentals of human expression, aesthetic form, literary genre, and artistic imagination across time and space. At the same time, we acquire tools to understand the wide spectrum of literary invention that maps our cultural diversity in words and texts and charts our differences of race, social class, and ethnicity, gender and sexuality, and place. Learn more about the Comparative Literature Undergraduate program. Learn more about the Comparative Literature Graduate program.

Learn more about the Comparative Literature Undergraduate program.

Learn more about the Comparative Literature Graduate program.