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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.

Leah Middlebrook presented talk “The View From Thebes”

Leah Middlebrook presented a talk titled, “The View From Thebes” as part of the Utah State Tanner Lecture Series. The talk and a related seminar were drawn from her current book-in-progress, Amphion’s Walls: Poetry and Nation in Early and Late Modernity.


Ying Xiong accepts editorial position

Ying Xiong, who defended her dissertation this past May (“Herbs and Beauty: Gendered Poethood and Translated Affect in Late Imperial and Early Modern China”), has begun working officially for the bilingual journal International Comparative Literature, which is housed by the prestigious Center of Comparative Literature and World Literature at Shanghai Normal University.