Literature, Science, and the Environment

Faculty in Comparative Literature engage with a number of key issues connecting theory, science, technology, narrative and writing. We are particularly strong in two general areas: First, the relation of literary theory and poetics to cognitive science. Second, we work in the broad area of Environmental Humanities (or Energy Humanities).

We offer a variety of different approaches, from the role of critical theory for climate change to comparative cultural perspectives on techno-cultural modernity; from animal studies to artistic resistance in the Anthropocene. Our work has appeared in scholarly monographs as well as forms of public outreach. A number of our faculty collaborate with the Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future and with the Sustainability Initiative of the Society for the Humanities. 

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Anindita Banerjee

Associate Professor

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Karen Pinkus

Professor of Italian and Comparative Literature

All research areas

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