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The Department of Comparative Literature is a magnet for innovative research and teaching in graduate and undergraduate courses that encourage multilingual, international and interdisciplinary perspectives on literature and culture. Our faculty have joint appointments in Afroamerican and African Studies, History of Art, Asian Languages and Cultures, Classics, English, German, History, Near Eastern Studies, Romance Languages, Slavic Languages, Women’s Studies, and other disciplines, as well as affiliations with area studies centers at the International Institute. In existence for over 70 years, we are one of the best-established centers for the study of comparative literature in the country. Today, our doctoral program is ranked in the top 10 of such programs nationally, and our undergraduate curriculum contributes to college-wide initiatives in international studies and translation studies.