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Welcome to the Department of Comparative Literature

The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan is one of the oldest and best established centers for the study of comparative literature in the country. In existence since 1937, our program has become a magnet for innovative research and teaching, in graduate and undergraduate courses that encourage interdisciplinary and multilingual perspectives on literature and culture. The interests of our faculty and students encompass the most innovative areas of study in the humanities today. We hope you will find everything you want to know about us. Please contact us if you have additional questions regarding our programs.

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NEW! Minor in Translation Studies

Where do we encounter translation on campus, in our community, and in the world at large? What is translation? Who translates? Why translate? How can we make translation more visible?  Students from all departments at the University of Michigan now have an opportunity to explore these questions as part of a new undergraduate Minor in Translation Studies, effective Winter 2014. The Minor grew out of the LSA Translation Theme Semester, coordinated by the Department of Comparative Literature in Fall 2012:  http://translation.lsa.umich.edu