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  • I am an Editor at Pearson Prentice Hall in Boston, a textbook publisher. I work mainly on Language Arts anthologies but also on Social Studies (primarily Government and Geography) and World Languages texts. My degree in Comparative Lit helps me tremendously in my work because of its very interdisciplinary approach: one day I might be editing a chapter on the history of government in Russia and the next day working with audio files for a beginner Spanish lesson. My time at Dartmouth helped me...

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  • I graduated in 2004 with a degree in Comparative Literature, with French and Economics as my comparative disciplines. I was originally an Economics major and French minor, but I decided to change to Comp Lit my junior year. The personalized attention, close community of the majoring class, and ability to do senior thesis research were all highly appealing. My choice of major gelled my interests in such a way that I really consider it to be the defining feature of my Dartmouth education. I...

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  • In August 2008, Jonathan Mullins, '04, wrote -"While I work in an area studies department which concentrates on a single nation and its cultural production, my undergraduate training in comparative literature continues to inform my approach."

    I guess I've taken the traditional course of a comparative literature major: going to graduate school. I am a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Italian Studies at NYU.  My primary interests are fascist culture and post-1968 Italian culture and...

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  • Michael Jennings, '72, (wrote in August of 2008) has taught at Princeton since 1981; his teaching and research focus on European culture in the twentieth century. In addition to literature, he teaches on topics in cultural theory and the visual arts, with special emphasis on photography.

  • "I guess all these twists and turns have made for a pretty heterogeneous career, moving across several different fields and operating from several different positions. Although that has come at the expense of a certain kind of professional advancement, the spirit of comparative study — of playing one thing off another, of learning through the search for similarities within diversity -has been the driving energy, and it found its first expression in the Comp Lit department at Dartmouth."...

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  • "I've often had occasion to think back fondly on my variegated comp. lit. major at Dartmouth (German, music, some French and Italian, assorted poetry and drama) — which distinctly paved the route to later career developments."

    I went on to a PhD program in music history at University of California Berkeley (1980-87) and have been teaching in music depts. (UCLA, Stanford) since 1988. Here at Stanford — I have been involved with various interdisciplinary humanities programs, serving on...

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  • "My Comp. Lit major opened doors and interests which only a major as complex and personal as this one can do."

    I majored in '97 in Comparative Literature 19th-20th Century French Literature and Art History. My advisor was Kate Conley in the French Department. After graduation I participated at a conference in Cerisy, Normandy. An incredible experience where I had the opportunity of meeting great French theorists of Art History and Literature. It was organized and directed by my...

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  • "The comparative literature degree was extremely beneficial to me as i still use interdisciplinary means of communication."

    I have been a graduate at Otis College of Art & Design since 2007. This fall is my last semester before I embark on my thesis. I am majoring in Writing, emphasis on Poetry. I was recently published in The Strip, a literary journal which publishes MFA work from around the US.  And last month, had my first collaborative poetry reading at Bergamot Station in...

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  • "My more general experience as a comp lit at Dartmouth major has been invaluable in preparing me for academic work; writing the thesis was an especial boon. Looking back, I am amazed by the amount and degree of personalized attention I received there. I am sure it has given me a leg up in later studies, particularly in a place like London, where so much of the coursework is "hands off."

    In London I completed a Masters in "National and International Literatures in English," meaning...

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  • I'm an Assistant Professor at UC Berkeley School of Law. I absolutely used my Comp Lit degree — mostly to prepare me in ways I did not anticipate for law school. Comp Lit is of course all about understanding and studying texts, and about searching for meaning and defending an interpretation — exactly like law. The fact that I learned how to study text, and pay close attention to various modes of interpretation (literal words, contextual history, political meanings, etc.) well positioned me...

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