Comparative and World Literature

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. 

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Debra Ann Castillo

Stephen H. Weiss Presidential Fellow, Emerson Hinchliff Professor of Hispanic Studies

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Laurent Dubreuil

Professor of French, Francophone & Comparative Literature

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Philip Lorenz

Associate Professor

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Tracy McNulty


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Comparative and World Literature    Comparative Media Studies    Critical Studies of Race, Gender, and Sexuality    Literary Theory and Translation Studies    Literature, Science, and the Environment    Politics and Aesthetics    Psychoanalysis and Trauma Studies    Transregional and Postcolonial Studies