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Comparative literature courses are taught by a diverse faculty, drawn from all the language and literature departments at Smith. In addition to the modern European languages, we work in Sanskrit, classical and modern Chinese and Japanese, ancient Greek and Old Norse, Swahili, Urdu and Basque.

Our interests include Greco-Roman sexuality, medieval epic, Renaissance gender ideologies, the European Enlightenment, philosophies of modernity, deconstruction and postcolonial theory, film and opera, postmodern architecture, the politics of language and the histories of mysticism, printing and landscape.