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Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies
The Comparative Literary and Cultural Studies (CLCS) major at Franklin focuses on cultural phenomena and processes as they unfold under the pressure of historical, social and economic forces. Inherent in the approach is an understanding of culture as an ever-evolving entity that demands continuous acts of interpretation, negotiation and creativity.
The university's teaching is both theoretical and topic-based. For example, they:
- Explore how collective memory is shaped in the wake of slavery or apartheid.
- Seek to understand the consequences of forced or voluntary mobility.
- Examine the cultural significance of cuisine.
- Investigate the multiple ways in which law shapes cultural processes.
- Explore the nexus of culture and nature.
- Study forms of popular music as an expression of culture.
The comparative work they do explores each topic from a number of disciplinary angles and situates it in its historical context. In this context they ask how the topic is reflected in, and influenced by, literary texts, film and visual culture. They investigate how new media contribute to our understanding of cultural processes and trace how broader systems of knowledge and power, such as law or policy, come to bear on them. In comparing these various modes of knowledge production, theory is used to help appreciate cultural nuances and to understand the multiple challenges that confront us in today’s globalized world.
Founded in 1969, Franklin University Switzerland is a private, independent university that is located on a hillside in the beautiful city of Lugano. The university offers an innovative approach to liberal arts education and places an emphasis on experiential learning...