The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan is a markedly interdisciplinary department offering a PhD program and a graduate certificate in Critical Translation Studies. The Department's faculty is diverse, multi-disciplinary, and multi-lingual, maintaining felicitous relations between the department and other university units, not only in the humanities and the social sciences but also in other schools, such as the School of Music, Theater & Dance and the Stamps School Of Art & Design. Much of the department's recent success is attributed to the flexibility of the curriculum, which encourages strongly motivated students from a variety of cultural backgrounds, all highly skilled in their linguistic abilities, to draw upon the broad range of expertise of the Michigan faculty.
We have graduate students and faculty members from all over the globe, and a deep commitment to diversity that translates into one of the most flexible programs in the country. Our professors have broad expertise from European literatures (ancient, medieval, and modern) to Mediterranean, East European, Near Eastern, Latin American, and Asian languages and cultures, as well as other media such as music, African film, and Chinese modern art. We have particular strength in the field of Critical Translation Studies, and we teach in the areas of Aesthetic and Literary Theory, Classical Reception, Gender Studies and Queer Theory, the History of the Book, Performance Studies, Creative Non-Fiction, Judaic Studies, Islam and the West, Narratology, Lyric Theory, Comparative Cultural Studies, Philosophy and Literature, Psychoanalysis, Religious Studies, Theory of Tragedy, and Theory and History of Tropes.
Pathways to the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature