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:

  • Reading While Grieving: The Social Construction of Grief and Mourning in Literature
  • Believing, Then Seeing: Lilith and I Take a Look at “Alternative Truth”
  • Feasts in Literature: The Famous and the Infamous
  • The Pursuit of (Feminist) Happiness
  • Rewriting the Romance: Crafting a Narrative of Queer Desire
  • The Real Life of Literature in Three Dimensions

  • Metamorphosis and Mental Illness

  • Senior Closure: My Attempt to Achieve Campus Social Change Through Comics

  • 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

Contact Information

Comparative Literature Department

198 College Hill Road
Clinton, NY 13323
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