Program in Comparative Literature

Reading World Literature

In search of lost time: reading worl literature

Mission Statement

Putting the 'human' back in Humanities, Reading World Literature (RWL) is an educational initiative established in 2014 by the Graduate Comparative Literature Students’ Organization (GRACLS). Working in conjunction with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office (TCSO), it provides an opportunity for our graduate students in the Humanities to share their passion for literature, develop as teachers, and get involved in our community.

Core Values


We believe literature is primarily a meeting place, secondarily a professional discipline.  We believe in a student-centered approach to encourage learning from others through engagement with literature. Dialogue is an essential aspect of the program.


Literature provides an opportunity for self-reflection, both when it is read and when it is discussed. Engaging with literature provides opportunities for self-discovery, self-efficacy, and critical thinking.


The Reading World Literature Program fosters human connection in the meeting ground of the literary text. Both University of Texas participants and those from the Travis County Sheriff’s Office have something to learn and something to teach in our program. University of Texas graduate students will lead class sessions in teams of two to model collaboration as well as to provide witnessing and accountability during the class sessions.


Above and beyond the professional integrity mandated by a career in the Humanities, the Reading World Literature program is committed to contributing to the community as educators to make the study of literature available to as wide an audience as possible.