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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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  • "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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  • "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 use my Comp. Lit degree every day.  In fact, just yesterday I was telling a colleague how the close study of texts taught me a disciplined approach to data — to stick close to what is in the text."

    I finished my Comp. Lit degree at Dartmouth after taking 2 years off in the middle of college to get a License de Lettes Modernes at the Université de Besançon, in France. My honors thesis in Comp. Lit, under the direction of Lynn Higgins, was about Beckett's bilingualism. Even though I...

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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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  • "I loved my Comp Lit major."

    I worked with Peter Bien on a thesis on Joyce and Mann — a terrific professor whom I still correspond with.

  • "For me, comparative literature was a direct springboard to a career that I have found intellectually stimulating."

    I was torn between majoring in literature and art history, but found the faculty in English, Drama, French, and Comp Lit very engaging.  The preponderance of art books on Braziller's list allowed me to develop editorial skills and combine my two academic interests for the first time in my professional life.  In 1984, I launched my own book production business, in...

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  • "For me it was a life choice, not a career choice. I chose Comp Lit because it allowed me to delve into all the Big Questions; because it was explicitly multi-lingual and multi-cultural; because I could include anthropology, political philosophy, psychology, and religion courses in my program; because it was the edgiest of the humanities at the time. All those interests remain as intensely alive as they were then, though more have come along — art history, architecture, urban planning,...

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  • "Education comes of course from the Latin “to lead out of darkness” into the light of the truth, which is exactly what the original Comparative Literature Department did."
    In the 1960’s, inspired by Professor Scott Craig and Professor John Rassias, I signed on for a relatively new honors major entitled Comparative Literature, with the purpose of concentrating on contemporary French, German and American poetry. Besides the opportunity of studying at Cambridge University, University of...

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  • After completing her M.A. in Comparative Literature at Dartmouth, Genevieve went on to spend a year teaching English in France and will be beginning a PhD in Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University in the Fall '08.

    Genevieve credits her experience at Dartmouth with helping her reflect on and develop her own position on what "comparative literature" means.  She's grateful to the various faculty and staff at Dartmouth who helped her find this sense of direction, which in...

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