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The Comparative Literature Program
Comparative Literature (formerly Literary Studies) is an interdepartmental program that crosses national borders, transcends disciplines, and bridges linguistic divides. Offering both a major and a minor in Comparative Literature, the program encourages students to pursue a wide variety of interests while gaining rigorous training in reading, writing, speaking, and thinking critically in multiple languages and literary traditions. 

The program draws together faculty and students from different fields and diverse backgrounds, placing Comparative Literature at the intersection of literature, art and music, the natural sciences, psychoanalysis, film studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, translation studies, and much more. Comparative Literature students explore theoretical, formal, and interpretive issues on literary and cultural traditions throughout the world from a broad range of interdisciplinary and cross-cultural perspectives. 

Initiatives of the program include study-abroad options, global outreach opportunities, and NYC-based service learning and internship opportunities. In addition to sponsoring lectures and film series, each year the program hosts a May Colloquium – a roundtable discussion with invited speakers from inside and outside Fordham – and publishes the student journal Bricolage. The program annually awards the Katie Fraser Prize for Excellence in Comparative Literature for majors, and the Literary Studies Prize for Work in Comparative Literature for minors.

Upcoming Events
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Senior thesis roundtablE Wednesday, April 23, 2014
4:00 PM
Lowenstein 310


Caroline B. Heafey (“Through Confinement: Twentieth- Century Irish Women Writers and the Public Sphere”)
Elizabeth Latimer (“Crossing Vine and Everything Else Under the Stars and Over the Moon”)
Pamela Zazzarino ("Multilingual Texts: The Effects of French Language and Culture in James Baldwin and Jean Rhys")

 Refreshments will be served.
Sponsored by the Departmen of English and the Comparative Literature Program
Reading Now, After Helen TartarThe Fordham Comparative Literature Program annual May Colloquium

Co-sponsored by Fordham University Press, Philosophy, Art History & Music, English, and LALSI
Friday, May 9, 2014 12:00 noon - 3:00 p.m.
12th Floor Lounge Fordham University, Lincoln Center
113 West 60th Street

Timothy Campbell (Italian, Romance Studies, Cornell)
Yvette Christiansë (English, Africana Studies, Barnard)
Jonathan Freedman (English, University of Michigan)
Jacques Lezra (Spanish & Portuguese, Comparative Literature, NYU)
Kevin McLaughlin (Comparative Literature, Brown)
Neni Panourgia (Anthropology, 2013-15 visiting The New School)
Andrew Parker (French and Comparative Literature, Rutgers)
Annika Thiem (Philosophy, Villanova)

The Comparative Literature Program’s annual May Colloquium is dedicated to the memory of Helen Tartar, to the many ongoing projects she nurtured, and to the free spirit of rigorous intellectual inquiry across the disciplines realized in her editorial practice and vision. Refreshments will be served. To register RSVP to

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