Cornell University

Comparative Literature


410 Thurston Ave

Ithaca, NY 14850

United States





Program Information

Degrees Offered:

Ph.D. - Comparative Literature

Format: Campus

Program Description:

The Field of Comparative Literature at Cornell offers a Ph.D. degree in all major areas of literary study, with particular emphasis on European literature from the Renaissance to the modern period and on literary criticism and theory. Because the field is small (about twenty students), it is possible to plan individual programs of study that ensure thorough preparation in literary traditions and detailed awareness of literary and theoretical problems. In addition to providing extensive coverage of primary literary texts from Europe and much of the rest of the world, the field devotes much attention to theoretical studies (for example, hermeneutics, Marxist theories, the aesthetics of the Frankfurt School, structuralism and semiotics, deconstruction, postcolonial theory, rhetorical studies, stylistics, and the problems of reader response).

For an application, visit the Graduate School's website at Cornell University.


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Facts & Figures

Classification: Doctoral/Research University—Extensive

Locale: Small City

Size & Settings: 20,000-39,999

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