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Comparative Literature Program

Program Overview

Some of the most famous monsters of the screen and in the Western cultural imaginary hail originally from 19th-century novels. But bloodsuckers, corpses, and evil doppelgangers were metaphors for scarier things than the monsters themselves: rapid technological shifts, scientific discoveries, and new identity formations. 

Comparative literature is an academic field that involves the study of literature and cultural expression across linguistic, national, and disciplinary boundaries. It focuses on the relationships between literature and other forms of artistic expression, as well as between literature and history, philosophy, and social thought. Comparative literature scholars seek to understand how literary works reflect and shape the world around them, as well as how they are shaped by their historical and cultural contexts. They also explore issues related to translation, intertextuality, and cultural exchange.

Comparative Literature Program

The research experience and skills students receive at the Eureka Program have helped students get accepted to programs such as the National Student Poets Program and The New York Times Summer Writing Program for Opinion Writing.

Many students from the Eureka program are also very engaged in their communities, sharing in volunteering activities and starting non-profit organizations to help the community. 1 student started a non-profit magazine for Humanities writings. Many alumni from the Eureka program have received top awards like Scholastic Art & Writing National Awards, National Merit Scholarship Award, and many others.

The below sections will provide more insight into the students that have attended this program and share their experiences and successes.

Research Topic Samples

Humanity in Apocalyptic Literature

This article discusses the evolution of the term "apocalypse" in literature and entertainment, from its ancient spiritual origins to the contemporary interpretation of catastrophic events leading to the end of the world. Modern depictions of the apocalypse are often used to create an imaginative experience that plays on readers' fear of death and anxiety. In contrast, ancient apocalyptic literature describes a spiritual revelation through esoteric visions, expressing humanity's evolving ideas and elements in a transcendent reality. The author of the thesis is an alumni of Eureka's Comparative Literature program.


College Admission Results

Attended Eureka

2021 Summer

High School Name

St. Paul's School

Admission Offer Received

• Yale University
• Williams College
• Brown University
• Cornell University

Eureka Research Title

A Review Of Current Research On Grammatical Gender And Its Effect On Conceptual And Nonlinguistic Thinking

Student Experiences

Eureka Student Research: Remember to Breathe

Community Activities

Wharton Global High School Competition

The Wharton Global High School Investment Competition is a free, online investment simulation for high school students (9th to 12th grade) and teachers. Students work in teams of four to seven, guided by a teacher as their advisor. Together, they learn about teamwork, communication, risk, diversification, company and industry analysis, and many other important aspects of investing. A Eureka alumni emerged as one of the top ten teams out of 1,400.

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute

Stanford Summer Humanities Institute is a three-week residential program where rising high school juniors and seniors explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities in seminars led by Stanford professors. A Eureka alumni from this program was selected to study at the Summer Humanities Institute.