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. The interdisciplinarity and openness to non-Euro-American contexts at the core of Comparative Literature have provided race, gender and sexuality studies with a generative academic and intellectual environment.

Multiple faculty members have made significant contributions to this line of inquiry, either by theorizing alternative literary criticisms or uncovering the ways in which theories of race, gender, and sexuality from across the world—India, Latin America, East Asia, and Africa—impact those of the North-Atlantic world. Additionally, current faculty members are pursuing innovative thinking in queer theory and masculinity studies.