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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.

 

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Faculty Spotlight

Elin Diamond Prof English

NEWS FLASH: Professor Elin Diamond, an internationally-recognized scholar of comparative drama and formerly Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature, has won the Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award granted by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

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Graduate Student Spotlight

Comp Lit congratulates our latest doctors:

  • 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...

  • Qingfeng Nie and Penny Pui Chee Yeung, each the winner of a 2017 Mellon Summer Study Award
  • Gabriele Lazzari and Qingfeng Nie, who have recently passed their qualifying exams
  • our recent PhD Monica Filimon on the publication of her book Cristi Puiu (2017) in the Contemporary Film Directors Series of the University of Illinois Press

Newsflash

Professor Elin Diamond Wins Graduate Student Mentoring Award

Professor Elin Diamond, an internationally-recognized scholar of comparative drama and formerly Director of Graduate Studies in Comparative Literature, has won the 2017 Geoffrey Marshall Mentoring Award granted by the Northeastern Association of Graduate Schools.

This award is given in memory of Geoffrey Marshall, former President of the NAGS, for outstanding support of a graduate student or graduate students from course completion through research and placement. Criteria include: provision of sound advice with respect to course of study; encouraging the best performance from students; generosity of time or other measures of effort at mentoring; assisting students through to successful completion and placement; advice and other assistance regarding quality and quantity of student papers or other forms of publication and performance; extraordinary efforts or success with placement.

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature nominated Professor Diamond in recognition of her outstanding effort as a mentor, especially during her years of service as Graduate Director, as well as for her work on behalf of students in her home department, English. Many of her former students wrote eloquent accounts of Elin's dedication to their professional personal and progress.