The Department of Comparative Literature provides a broad range of courses in European as well as non-European literatures. Courses variously stress significant authors, themes, problems, styles, genres, historical periods, and theoretical perspectives. In cooperation with related departments in the humanities, the departmental offerings reflect current interdisciplinary approaches to literary study: hermeneutics, semiotics, deconstruction, cultural criticism, Marxism, reception aesthetics, feminism, psychoanalysis.
Pinkham’s winning story follows migrants from Syria “wandering in a cold, wet purgatory” on the Polish border of the European Union.Read more
In a new book, Professor Parisa Vaziri explores how Iranian cinema preserves the legacy of Indian Ocean slavery.Read more
Writer Vladimir Nabokov spent much of his time on campus in nature and in the Cornell Insect Collection.Read more
Cornell’s Introduction to Latinx Studies course celebrated Latino/a roots through their exhibit “Cultura y poder.” The collaborative mixed media projects, showcased online and in Rockefeller Hall, explore how culture strengthens and uplifts communities.Read more
Cornell's Ukrainian program is bringing the country’s culture to campus through language learning, folk tradition and history.Read more
Three years after the disruptions of 2020, teaching and research continue to be immensely different from pre-pandemic times, according to scholar Debra Castillo.Read more
Congratulations to Jonathan Monroe on the publication of his new book, Robert Bolaño in Context.
From his first fifteen years in Chile, to his nine years in Mexico City from 1968 to 1977, to the quarter of a century he lived and worked in the Blanes-Barcelona area on the Costa Brava in Spain through his death in 2003, Robert Bolaño developed into an astonishingly diverse, prolific writer. He is one of the most consequential and widely read of his generation in any language. Increasingly recognize not only in Latin America, but as a major figure in World Literature, Bolaño is an essential writer for the 21st century world. This volume provides a comprehensive mapping of the pivotal contexts, events, stages, and influences shaping Bolaño's writing. As the wide-ranging investigations of this volume's 30 distinguished scholars show, Bolaño's influence and impact will shape literary cultures worldwide for years to come.