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Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature

At Western University, the graduate program in Comparative Literature offers:

Outstanding Faculty
While the program is housed in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures, our core faculty involves professors from the Departments of English, French, Classical Studies, Film Studies, and other departments. The research interests of faculty members include: Medieval and Renaissance studies, Enlightenment and Romanticism (18th-19th centuries), Twentieth-century literature and culture, Critical theory (aesthetic, sociocultural, psychoanalytic, linguistic), Postcolonial theory, Philosophy and literature, Gender studies, Text-image relations
International cinema, Central and East European studies, Transatlantic studies, Mediterranean studies. Core faculty have been initiators in a number of national and international scholarly organizations that reflect interdisciplinary interests, including The Canadian Comparative Literature Association, The Canadian Society of Mediaevalists / Société Canadienne des Medi?valistes (SCM), and The North American Society for the Study of Romanticism (NASSR); the latter two both having been founded at Western.

An Intensive Research Focus
Students are encouraged to bring their research interests into focus early, while at the same time broadening their horizons through an individual program of course work and examinations. Because our students' research outcomes are a high priority for us, students in both the MA and PhD programs develop the thesis prospectus early in their studies.

Stimulating Teaching Experiences
During our program we offer teaching assistantships. Depending on their background, interest and career goals students may have the opportunity to teach a tutorial for a large introductory undergraduate class, a section of an introductory language course or even a small upper year seminar. We will mentor and support a student's growth as a teacher through a number of programs.

Collegial Community
Students in the program organize a graduate conference each year. This year's topic was the "Aesthetics of Excess". They also help run a Comparative Literature Research Forum where students and faculty share current work and are engaged in many research groups from Romanticism@Western to Transatlantic Research Group.

Extraordinary Resources
Also at Western, The Centre for the Study of Theory and Criticism offers a graduate program for the study of critical theory that brings together a wide range of perspectives in the humanities and social sciences. Comparative Literature students may take one or two courses offered by the Theory Centre as part of their programs. They can participate in workshops and discussion groups offered by the Centre and are encouraged to attend lectures by distinguished visiting speakers that it sponsors in the areas of literary and critical theory.

For further information about any aspect of the program, please contact:
The Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext.85862/Fax: (519) 661-4093
E-Mail: Prof. Călin Andrei Mihăilescu,