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. Encouraging critical analysis of literary genres, literary and cultural histories, theories, and methodologies both within and across different linguistic, literary, cultural, philosophical, economic, political, scientific, and technological contexts, the field bridges time periods and geographic regions, languages and cultures, hermeneutics and poetics.
Welcoming transnational, transcultural research in and across all genres including hybrid, cross-genre, cross-disciplinary, multi- and intermedial works that challenge singular generic identifications, Comparative and World Literature continually asks how what we call “literature” engages with and responds to other discourses and disciplines, and what the borders of such a complex, ever-changing object of study might be.
Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies
Professor of French, Francophone & Comparative Literature