Welcome Comparative Literature at UC Davis


Welcome to Comparative Literature at UC Davis!

The Department of Comparative Literature at UC Davis offers students a unique and dynamic setting in which to study world literature and its cultural contexts in a truly universal spirit -- across its virtually countless historical variations and unlimited by national boundaries. Comparative Literature is a global and interdisciplinary study of literature in its original languages and in a variety of media (including cinema, television, fine arts, and much more). Members of the Comparative Literature faculty at UC Davis teach and conduct research in Spanish, Italian, German, Yiddish, Swedish, English, French, Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Hindi, Tamil, Persian, Classical Greek, Latin, Portuguese, Urdu and Turkish.  Included in its ranks are internationally recognized scholars in areas from English and German Romanticism to Latin-Americanism, from Southern European medievalism to Renaissance studies, from Arabic and Persian literature to Tamil and other South Asian traditions, and from Chinese cinema to Critical Theory. Undergraduate and graduate courses in Comparative Literature are normally comparative in scope, including literature from at least two languages, and taught in English. In addition to taking courses in Comparative Literature, undergraduates complete three years of study in the foreign language of their choice, while graduate students usually prepare for research in two literary