Welcome to Comparative Literature!

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE at Rutgers is a thriving interdisciplinary program offering a multi-tracked major and minor and an innovative, wide-ranging doctoral program.

Comp Lit students consider texts and performances across multiple languages, histories, disciplines, and media. Students who speak languages in addition to English find our program an especially congenial place in which to read, watch, think, and create. Each of our majors or minors constructs a unique course of literary, linguistic, and cultural study with the supervision and support of our distinguished faculty.

Well known for its emphases on critical thinking and incisive writing, Rutgers Comp Lit seeks to prepare its students for the diverse world we commonly inhabit. Our graduates contribute significantly to the professions, the arts, education, and the global media.


See WHY COMP LIT? and PEOPLE for more about who we are and what we do.



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Comp Lit News

SAVE THE DATE for our Fall 2017 Welcome Back Party: Thursday, Sept 14, 4-6 pm


Fall semester classes are filling up fast!

Several still have openings. See Course Descriptions under ACADEMICS for more info.


Congratulations to Comp Lit grad JENNIFER NOJI, now a Fulbright Teaching Assistant in Berlin.


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Coming soon: Fall 2017 Faculty Brown Bag Lunch lineup


Graduate Student Spotlight

Comp Lit celebrates our recent PhDs:

  • Shawn González: "Translating Linguistic Conflicts: A Decolonial Perspective on Multilingual Caribbean Literature" (2017)

  • Matthew Mangold: "Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, Literature" (2017)

  • Huseyin Ekrem Ulus: "Nationalism, Secularism, Belonging, and Identity in Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and Orhan Pamuk" (2016)

  • Carolyn Ureña: "Invisible Wounds: Rethinking Recognition in Decolonial Narratives of Illness and Disability" (2017)

Congratulations also to...

  • María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán, awarded a Ford Foudation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • Qingfeng Nie and Penny Pui Chee Yeung, each the winner of a 2017 Mellon Summer Study Award
  • Gabriele Lazzari, Qingfeng Nie, and Jeong Eun (Annabel) We, who recently passed their doctoral exams
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay, winner of the 2017 Cinema Studies Graduate Essay Prize for “Gazing into the Past: Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché


Rutgers Comp Lit wins Mellon Grant to support Critical Theory in the Global South initiative

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a five-year collaboration with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This partnership, funded generously by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, will support reciprocal dissertation workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary course, to be taught concurrently in English and Spanish at Rutgers and UNAM, on “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and In Between.”

Rutgers Comp Lit participates in this initiative as a member of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern). For further information about the Rutgers-UNAM collaboration or the ICCTP, please contact Andrew Parker, the principal investigator for the Rutgers Mellon Grant, or go to http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/.