Welcome to Comparative Literature!

COMPARATIVE LITERATURE at Rutgers is a thriving interdisciplinary department 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. 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.

Faculty Spotlight

Ben Sifuentes

NEWS FLASH: Congratulation to Professor Ben. Sifuentes‐Jáuregui, appointed Vice Chancellor for Undergraduate Academic Affairs, effective June 15, 2015!

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Comp Lit News


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Fall 2016 Brown Bag Lunch Schedule


Comp Lit's May 2016 Year-End Celebration

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comparative Literature is pleased to announce our Ph.Ds for the academic years:


  • Ben De Witte: Dissertation title: "Queer Visibility on the Transatlantic Modernist Stage"

Congratulations to...

  • Carolyn Ureña, winner of a Mellon Dissertation Fellowship for 2016-17, and to Josue Rodriguez, winner of a Mellon Summer Study Grant for research in Santiago, Chile!
  • our recent Ph.D. Sergey Toymentsev, awarded a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellowship for 2015-2017...Read More...
  • alumna Caroline Godart, whose book, The Dimensions of Difference: Space, Time and Bodies in Women's Cinema and Continental Philosophy, will soon be published by Rowman and Littlefield...Read More
  • alumna Chia-Chieh (Mavis) Tseng, Appointed Assistant Professor at Taipei Medical University...Read more


Caroline Godart and Tara Coleman appointed to tenure-track positions

Congratulations to recent PhD Caroline Godart, who will begin teaching in Fall 2016 at the Institut des hautes études des communications sociales in Brussels, and to Tara Coleman, soon-to-be a PhD, who begins this Fall at LaGuardia Community College in New York City.  Bravo to both!