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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 and welcoming climate. Click here to read the Department’s Diversity Action Plan.

Nomad Speaker Event

Professor Roy Chan and Elizabeth Howard to speak on the Nomad theme “Outlaw” Tuesday, February 20.

Newly published: Prof. Steven T. Brown’s book on Japanese Horror

Comparative Literature Professor Steven T. Brown’s book Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations has been published by Palgrave Macmillan (2018):

Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations undertakes a critical reassessment of Japanese horror cinema by attending to its intermediality and transnational hybridity in relation to world horror cinema. Neither a conventional film history nor a thematic survey of Japanese horror cinema, this study offers a transnational analysis of selected films from new angles that shed light on previously


Anna-Lisa Baumeister gives Work-in-Progress Talk

Anna-Lisa Baumeister, PhD candidate, will present a talk titled “Storm and Stress: Ecological Poetologies and the Making of a German National Literature” on Friday, March 2 at noon in the Humanities Center Conference Room, 159 PCL