Comparative and World Literature explores an increasingly inclusive and diverse “planetary” array of “world literatures” in the most linguistically and culturally specific senses of the term.
Comparative Media Studies
Responding to the recent trend of media studies and the digital humanities, comparative media studies has emerged as one of the core fields of Comparative Literature.
Critical Studies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality
More than a set of objects, critical race, gender and sexuality studies are primarily modes of analysis that consider how racial, sexual, and gender differences affect and shape our epistemological, political, and social endeavors.
Literary Theory and Translation Studies
The cluster of concerns that fall under literary theory remains a vital core interest of Comparative Literature as faculty research has expanded to include new critical and post-critical perspectives.
Literature, Science, and the Environment
Faculty in Comparative Literature engage with a number of key issues connecting theory, science, technology, narrative and writing.
Politics and Aesthetics
Aesthetics and political theory, especially as philosophical discourses, have been exceptionally active fields of study in Comparative Literature.
Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies
Comparative Literature has long been the home of the most exciting developments in psychoanalytic theory as it interprets, and can be reinterpreted through, literature, film, the broader arts, culture and society