Graduate Program

The Master of Arts (M.A.) in Comparative Literature combines the objectives of graduate study in foreign languages and literatures with an emphasis on the intercultural and international aspects of literature.

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Why Choose This Program?

The goal of the program is to provide graduate training in subjects common to more than one national literature. Research work in the program is directed toward the analysis of cultural, historical, literary, linguistic, ethical and social concerns in literature, as approached through comparative methods of analysis informed by literary and cultural theory, as well as theories and practices from a variety of disciplines including psychology, sociology, anthropology, history and others.

Because of the benefits of reading literature in the original language, the M.A. program requires students to have sufficient proficiency in at least one foreign language to take graduate literature seminars in that language.

The M.A. in Comparative Literature is of particular value for students who intend to pursue a doctoral degree in comparative literature or in a foreign language and literature, or who plan to teach literature at the K-12 or community college levels. Some upper-division courses in Comparative and World Literature (CWL) or English (taken as part of the degree program electives) may apply to subject matter preparation for the Single Subject Teaching Credential in English (CWL Emphasis).

For information about the Teaching Credential, please consult the Credentials Office in the College of Education.

Master of Arts in Comparative Literature, San Francisco State University

Crossing boundaries—between literatures, languages, theories, and disciplines.

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Explore literature, culture, language, and history through comparative analysis informed by literary theory and interdisciplinary approaches. The program serves as a stepping-stone to Ph.D. programs, teaching at high school or college levels, and other professional goals.

Core Faculty

Dane Johnson (Stanford)
Literature of the Americas. Literary and critical theory, including literary value. Histories and theories of censorship in Europe and the Americas.

Persis Karim (UT Austin)
Iranian diaspora studies. US ethnic literature. Global and comparative literature. Literature and film of migration, exile, and diaspora. Middle East Studies.

Shirin Khanmohamadi (Columbia)
European medieval literature. Literary encounters between Europe and the Middle East. Travel literature. Literary and critical theory.

Christopher Weinberger (UC Berkeley)
Japanese and English literatures. Metafiction. New Media. Literary and critical theory, including ethical criticism and the