The Graduate Program in Comparative Literature is an internationally recognized site for advanced study in comparative literature. Students are trained to pursue interdisciplinary and multilingual work grounded in the reading of texts in the original languages. Faculty work in areas including gender and sexuality studies, decolonial and postcolonial theory, poetics, literature and philosophy, film and media studies, critical theory, and comparative ancient civilizations. Our students work in literary areas including African, Arabic, Chinese, Classical Greek, English, Filipino, French, German, Italian, Indonesian, Korean, Japanese, Latin, Malaysian, Russian, Spanish, and Vietnamese.

To enhance their interdisciplinary work and training, our graduate students work with faculty in other departments and programs at UCR, including:

  • Media and Cultural Studies
  • English
  • Creative Writing
  • Anthropology
  • Art History
  • Philosophy
  • Dance
  • Hispanic Studies
  • Music
  • Theatre
  • Gender & Sexuality Studies

Our students have been placed at institutions including SUNY Binghamton, Williams College, Hangzhou Dianzi University (Hangzhou, China), University of Washington, Colgate University, Pitzer College, University of Redlands, Silapakorn University (Bangkok, Thailand), Queensborough Community College, California State University, LA, Peking University, Bucknell University, University of Wisconsin, Stevens Point, Purdue University, and others.

University of California, Riverside

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The University of California, Riverside is a major research university in the University of California system. UC library facilities are outstanding, and the Special Collections of UCR’s Rivera Library includes the world-famous Eaton Collection of Science Fiction and Fantasy. Downtown Riverside is the home of the California Museum of Photography. Courses and libraries at UC Irvine, UC San Diego and UC Los Angeles offer UC Riverside students further access to cutting-edge faculty and research resources.

Our campus, located an hour east of Los Angeles, is in a region featuring mountains, hot springs, wineries, beaches, and the spectacular natural reserves of Joshua Tree and Anza Borrego National Parks, as well as the cultural riches of metropolitan Los Angeles itself, within easy driving distance.