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  • Helen Pilinovsky, '02, continued her education at Columbia University, graduating in 2007 with the completion of her dissertation, “Fantastic Emigres: Translation and Acculturation of the Fairy Tale in a Literary Diaspora.” She is currently employed as an assistant professor at California State University, San Bernardino‚ English department, where she teaches courses on children‚ and young adult literature, fairy tales, folklore, and fantasy. She has guest-edited issues of Extrapolation and...

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  • Lan Dong is Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of English and Modern Languages at the University of Illinois Springfield. She was recently named Louise Hartman Schewe and Karl Schewe Professor in Liberal Arts and Sciences. The Comparative Literature program at Dartmouth inspired her to become a teacher-scholar. Graduated from UMass in 2006 and is now teaching at the University of Illinois in Springfield. For her profile online, go to...

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  • I'm still in the PhD program in Comp. Lit. at Berkeley, though I am not physically there at the moment. After passing my qualifying exams in 2003 and taking a year to put together a dissertation project, I am now spending a year in Paris on a Chateaubriand fellowship, researching and writing my dissertation on the exchanges between courtly poetry and the medieval encyclopedia at the end of the 13th century.

  • Finished her Ph.D, lives in Philadelphia where she teaches yoga "till the munchkins go off to school. Life is beautiful."

  • 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 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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  • "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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