24 months
56487 USD/year
56487 USD/year
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Stanford University's Department of Comparative Literature brings into sharper focus literatures and cultures from around the world by holding them under a comparative light. It expands the boundaries of national traditions and bring them in dialogue with each other. 


Key facts

Stanford University's field of Comparative Literature provides students the opportunity to study imaginative literature in a wide array of contexts: historical, formal, theoretical, and more. While other literary disciplines focus on works of literature within national or linguistic traditions, Comparative Literature draws on multiple contexts in order to examine the nature of literary phenomena from around the globe and from different historical moments, while exploring how literature interacts with other elements of culture and society. We study fictional narratives, performance, and poetry as well as cinema, music, and emerging aesthetic media.

Along with the traditional models of comparative literature that compare two or more national literary cultures and examine literary phenomena in light of literary theory, the department encourages study of the relationship between literature and philosophy and the enrichment of literary study with other disciplinary methodologies. Comparative Literature also embraces the study of aspects of literature that overgo national boundaries, such as transnational literary movements or the creative adaptation of particular genres to local cultures. In each case, students emerge from the program with enhanced verbal and writing skills, a command of literary studies, the ability to read analytically and critically, and a more global knowledge of literature.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Shakespeare and Performance in a Global Context
  • Shakespeare, Playing, Gender
  •  Texts that Changed the World from the Ancient Middle East

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 24 months

Start dates & application deadlines




45 SCH


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

English requirements

We are not aware of any English requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

  • Stanford online application including statement of purpose.
  • At least three letters of recommendation
  • Two official transcripts from each institution you attended for at least one year
  • GRE and TOEFL scores reported directly to Stanford (code 4704) - Learn more about these test requirements
  • Recent scholarly or critical paper (20-35 pages, double-spaced). Applicants may submit two or three shorter samples if they do not have a long one.
  • CV/resume (optional but recommended)
  • Application fee of $125

Tuition Fee

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    56487 USD/year
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  • National

    56487 USD/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the tuition of 56487 USD per year during 24 months.

Living costs for Stanford

1100 - 1600 USD /month
Living costs

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