What does it mean to read comparatively across languages, disciplines, and media? How does Comparative Literature relate to the many cultures, traditions, and literary conventions of a globalized world? Where does translation fit into this scenario? We will address these questions and others by examining Comparative Literature as an historical institution and an evolving discipline. Readings will include a variety of genres such as travel writing, fiction, poetry, literary history and critical theory; the seminar schedule will also accommodate the parallel process of the first junior paper.