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Literature, Science, and the Environment

Faculty in Comparative Literature engage with a number of key issues connecting theory, science, technology, narrative and writing. We are particularly strong in two general areas: First, the relation of literary theory and poetics to cognitive science. Second, we work in the broad area of Environmental Humanities (or Energy Humanities).

We offer a variety of different approaches, from the role of critical theory for climate change to comparative cultural perspectives on techno-cultural modernity; from animal studies to artistic resistance in the Anthropocene. Our work has appeared in scholarly monographs as well as forms of public outreach. A number of our faculty collaborate with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and with the Sustainability Initiative of the Society for the Humanities.