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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 shaping and extending 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.

Elmira Louie Awarded the 2019 UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Award

Congratulations to graduating Comparative Literature major Elmira Louie, who has been awarded the 2019 UO Libraries Undergraduate Research Award for her paper: Sa’di and the Safavid: The Material Culture of a Treasured Persian Manuscript Now at UO. 

Louie, one of four UO students recognized with this prestigious award, developed this paper based on research she conducted with COLT friend Vera Keller (HIST) on the material history of color in books and manuscripts. The “treasured Persian manuscript” analyzed in the paper is the Burgess MS 43 manuscript of Sai’di’s Gulistan


Bayerl awarded research fellowship

COLT faculty member Dr. Corinne Bayerl has been awarded a prestigious research fellowship by the Herzog-August Library in Wolfenbüttel, Germany. Dr. Bayerl will be in-residence at the Library from

January 1 through June 30, 2020. She will be working on her current book project, The Stage on Trial: Religious Opposition against the Theater in Seventeenth-Century Europe. The book proposes a comparative study of the various theological arguments directed against the theater in Post-Reformation Europe, and of the ways in which theatrical practices changed in relation to this mistrust of the


Congratulations to Dr. Bess Myers on the publication of her essay Women Who Translate in the current issue of Eidlon.

Former editor of Nomad, Dr. Bess Myers received her Ph.D. from COLT just this past spring. Her dissertation, “Speaking after Silence: Presidential Rhetoric in the Wake of Catastrophe,” analyzes key speeches delivered by Barack Obama during his presidency. The study examines Obama’s deployment of key tropes drawn from Greek eulogies in his attempts to stir the U.S. public into action. With this new work, Myers again