Join us on Wednesday, April 16, for Dr. Keith Knapp's discussion of medieval Chinese cutlure. The details of the event are located here: poster knapp.pdf. The event is also sponsored by COMPASS, the Comparative Literature Graduate Student Organization.


Welcome to the Comparative Literature site, where you can not only find information about our several programs and resources, but also gain a greater understanding of what comparative literature does. A large and diverse department, we offer courses in world literature and languages, literary theory and interdisciplinary studies. CMLT Jamboree.JPGWe utilize contemporary and historical comparative approaches to European literature and culture (from Antiquity to the present) as well as African and Asian literatures and cultures. In addition to exploring other regions of the world, our mult-ethnic American literature courses also reconsider local developments. Our interdisciplinary courses focus on the intersections of literature and film or the visual arts, literature and politics, literature and music, and literature and nature.



Choose to major or minor in Comparative Literature. Students have the freedom to  incorporate their interests in languages from regions represented in other departments into a degree in Comparative Literature, including French, Spanish, German, Russian, and Arabic, to provide just a few examples.

Students can also directly explore the numerous Asian and African language programs housed inside the Comparative Literature Department:

  • Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Vietnamese
  • Swahili, Yoruba

In addition to offering opportunites to study abroad, our language programs allow students to work closely with native speakers and participate in campus activities that enhance their understanding of the cultural heritage of each language.

Read on to learn about the history of the department at UGA.