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Comparative Literature Program


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.


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.



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


Eureka Student Research: Remember to Breathe


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.


National Merit Scholarship Program

The National Merit Scholarship is a highly competitive academic scholarship program for high school students in the United States. It is awarded based on a combination of academic achievement, extracurricular activities, leadership potential, and performance on the PSAT/NMSQT exam. A former participant of the Eureka Comparative Literature Program has qualified as a Commended Student for this scholarship program.

New York Times Student Editorial Contest

The New York Times Student Editorial Contest is an annual op-ed contest for high school students across the world. Students are to write 450-word op-eds on compelling social issues, with at least one New York Times source and one external source. An alumni from Eureka's Comparative Literature Program was a grand Winner of the 2020 run of the contest.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards is a national program that recognizes and supports creative teenagers in the United States. The program is open to students in grades 7 through 12, who can submit original works of art or writing in various categories, such as painting, photography, poetry, short story, and journalism. The entries are judged by a panel of professionals in the arts and writing fields, and the winners receive recognition, scholarships, and opportunities for publication and exhibition of their work. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards aim to encourage and inspire young artists and writers and to promote creative expression and literacy. A Eureka Alumni in this program has received three Scholastic Art & Writing awards for her digital painting, as well as a Gold Key award, a regional award given to the best works submitted to local programs.



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