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The Department of Comparative Literature provides a broad range of courses in European as well as non-European literatures. Courses variously stress significant authors, themes, problems, styles, genres, historical periods, and theoretical perspectives. In cooperation with related departments in the humanities, the departmental offerings reflect current interdisciplinary approaches to literary study: hermeneutics, semiotics, deconstruction, cultural criticism, Marxism, reception aesthetics, feminism, psychoanalysis. The Department of Comparative Literature benefits from close ties with Cornell's Society for the Humanities, a center of teaching, research, and lectures that provides a unique, historic catalyst for critical and theoretical reflection on campus. The department has also vital connections to The School of Criticism & Theory, a six-week summer program of study with leading figures in critical thought, now based at Cornell.

A Statement from the Department of Comparative Literature

The faculty of the Department of Comparative Literature at Cornell stands in solidarity with all those who are threatened by the rhetoric, actions, and proposed policies of the incoming U.S. administration and by xenophobia, sexism, homophobia, and racism wherever they are manifested. Our discipline’s particular commitment to linguistic, cultural, and ethnic diversity allows us to work against prejudice and hate through a belief in the value of all cultures. In the wake of the November 8 election, we reaffirm that commitment to our students, our co-workers, and our extended community, and pledge to do whatever we can to create spaces to speak and learn without fear. With kindness, joy, and determination, we are here to welcome and share knowledge with all students regardless of documentation, gender, race, religion, or sexuality.


Department of Comparative Literature
240 Goldwin Smith Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853-3201

Main Office Phone with Audix Voicemail: (607) 255-4155
Department Fax Number: (607) 255-8177 att: ComL

Monday, October 31, 2016
12:15pm – 2:40pm

Klarman Hall (south door off from East Avenue) – Comparative Literature, 2nd floor wing hallway

Drop by for some pizza,
meet some friends, and
learn about the major in Comparative Literature and Literary, Visual and Media Studies.
We look forward to seeing you.

Tracy McNulty, Chair
Neil Saccamano, Director of Undergraduate Studies



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