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Organization, Regulations, and Courses 2022-23

Comparative Literature - Graduate

Program Chair: Yuliya Komska

MA Director: James Dorsey


Professors J. Aguado (Spanish and Portuguese),R. E. Biron (Spanish and Portuguese), A. Coly (African and African American Studies), T. El-Ariss (Middle Eastern Studies), G. Gemünden (German), A. Gomez (Spanish and Portuguese), I. Kacandes (German), L. D. Kritzman (French and Italian), D. P. LaGuardia (French and Italian), M. Otter (English), G. Parati (French and Italian), L. Patyk (Russ), R. Risham (Film), S. Spitta (Spanish and Portuguese), M. R. Warren (Comparative Literature), D. Washburn (Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages, Film and Media Studies); Associate Professors N. Canepa (French and Italian), J. Dorsey (Asian Societies, Cultures and Languages), Y. Elhariry (French and Italian), V. Fuechtner (German), A. Martín (Spanish and Portuguese), K. Mladek (German), A. Morse (RUSS), M. Otter (English), I. Reyes (Spanish and Portuguese), S. Sanders (French), A. Tarnowski (French and Italian), J. Smolin (Middle Eastern Studies), Lecturers: E. Kane, L. Kolomiyets, K. Milich, M. Wyatt; Emeritus: L. Higgins, Post Doc: L. Chapot, Y. Wu.

Courses in Comparative Literature are designed to meet the needs of students whose literary interests are broader than those that can be met by the curriculum of any single department.


To view Comparative Literature Graduate courses, click here. 

To view Comparative Literature Undergraduate courses, click here.


Requirements for the Master of Arts in Comparative Literature

Each graduate student must receive credit for at least nine courses for the one-year Master of Arts degree and complete a major text presentation and prepare an essay of professional quality.

To receive the Masters degree in Comparative Literature a candidate must satisfactorily:

  1. Complete nine courses as described below:

    COLT 100, Contemporary Literary Criticism and Theory (required)

    COLT 101, Topics in Literary and Cultural Theory (required)

    COLT 102, Graduate Tutorial (required)

    COLT 103, Graduate Seminar (required)

    COLT 105, Workshop in Critical Writing (required)

  2. COLT 700, Responsible and Ethical Conduct of Research (required)

  3. Four elective courses in relevant Dartmouth language and literature departments including one upper level course in the candidate’s first foreign language. These courses must be approved by the MA director. 

  4. A major text presentation. In conjunction with the Tutorial (COLT 102) and the Workshop in Critical writing (COLT 105), students will prepare a 20-minute public presentation on a major text (read in its original language) related to their research area.
  5. An M.A. essay. During spring term, in conjunction with COLT 105 (Workshop in Critical Writing), the candidate will prepare a paper of professional quality which will be reviewed by a subcommittee of the Graduate Committee.