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The home of the premier journal in the field, and the first program on the West Coast to offer the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, our department provides a point of convergence for the most exciting lines of inquiry within the Humanities and beyond. Our mission is that of giving shape and shelter to a conversation whose participants are drawn not only from the various departments of language and literature (English, Romance, East Asian, Classics, Russian, German and Scandinavian) but also from Philosophy, History, Art History, Cinema Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Journalism and Communication, and Music.

The Department of Comparative Literature is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive welcoming climate.

What Matters To Me

“The Philological Swamp, or, What Nineteenth-Century Fiction Teaches Us About the Humanities”

Please join us for a Work-In-Progress talk by Katy Brundan on Friday, October 19, 4 p.m., in 312 Villard.

Prof. Calhoon presents paper

This October Comparative Literature Professor Kenneth Calhoon attended the annual meeting of the German Studies Association of America in Pittsburgh, where he presented a paper titled “Melancholy and Early Modernity: Freud as Reader of Goethe’s Faust.”

Ahmad Nadalizadeh’s translation accepted for publication

Leaning Against This Late Hour: Poems by Garous Abdolmalekian, a volume Ahmad Nadalizadeh co-translated with Idra Novey, has been accepted by Copper Canyon Press. Congratulations, Ahmad!