Comparative Literature

The Senior Program

All majors in comparative literature participate in an intensive senior seminar, during which they work closely with faculty members on areas of their research expertise. In addition seniors are encouraged to pursue — and those seniors interested in departmental honors are required to complete — a senior project, which leads to the writing of a senior thesis. Carried out under the close supervision of a faculty member, the senior thesis represents a culmination of each student's undergraduate experience; it synthesizes coursework, discussion and personal reflection into a focused statement of intellectual growth and insight.

Recent projects in comparative literature include:

  • On Storytelling, a Systemic Structure of Human/Nature
  • What’s Lost in “Win-Win”: The Evolution of Barack Obama’s Climate Change Rhetoric, 2009-2015
  • Foolish Stability: Deconstructing the Memoir
  • The Ineffable Center: Borges, Language, and Reality
  • Journalistic Blinders: Reporting the Realities of Refugee Resettlement in Utica
  • The Trial and the Hamilton College Harassment & Sexual Misconduct Policy: An Exploration of Kafkaesque Archetypes
  • Perspective: A Filmic Response to Bergman and Scorsese’s Religious-Themed Films
  • Green Lights, Big Eyes, and the American Dream: Alternative Teaching Approaches to The Great Gatsby in Response to the Common Core State Standards