Directors & Staff


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Professor of Comparative Literature and French
Chair of Comparative Literature

Professor Andrew Parker has taught at Rutgers since 2012; previously he was Professor of English at Amherst College, where he taught for thirty years. His graduate courses concern the histories and practices of literary and cultural theory, especially post-war theory in France and its world-wide dissemination. He teaches undergraduate courses on a variety of nineteenth- and twentieth-century topics, among them "Global Science Fiction" (Fall 2017) and "Francophilia" (Spring 2018).

His most recent book is The Theorist’s Mother (Duke UP), which attends to traces of the maternal in the lives and works of canonical theorists from Marx and Freud to Lacan and Derrida. He is the editor and co-translator of Jacques Rancière’s The Philosopher and His Poor (Duke UP), and co-editor of five other collections of essays including Performativity and Performance with Eve Kosofsky Sedgwick (Routledge), and After Sex? On Writing since Queer Theory with Janet E. Halley (Duke UP). New book projects include "Marx and the Scene of Writing," on the theatricality of Marxist thought, and “Voice Lessons,” which explores interactions between body and voice across different literary traditions and media forms. A digital, collaborative, bilingual edition of Julio Cortázar's novel Rayuela/Hopscotch is also in the works. In 2016-17 he was the chair of the Charles Bernheimer Dissertation Committee, which awards the American Comparative Literature Association's annual prize for the best dissertation in the field.

Graduate Director

Anjali Nerlekar

Associate Professor of AMESALL and Comparative Literature
Graduate Program Director

Professor Anjali Nerlekar has an academic career that spans India, Bahrain and the United States. Her interests include multilingual Indian modernisms; Marathi literature; Indo-Caribbean literature; world literature; translation studies; Caribbean and postcolonial Studies; Indian print culture; archipelagic studies.

Her most recent book, Bombay Modern: Arun Kolatkar and Bilingual Literary Culture (Northwestern University Press, 2016) is also being published in India by Speaking Tiger Publications in 2017. Through a bilingual and materialist reading of the poetry by Marathi/English poet Arun Kolatkar, the book shows how the genre of poetry emerged in Bombay in the post-60s (the sathottari period) as the instrument of radical protest and experimentation at the multiple junctures of regionalisms, new publishing spaces, national politics and transnationalisms. Other publications and research include work on multilingual Indian poetry, Indo-Caribbean and Postcolonial literature, and larger comparative Indian and postcolonial modernisms. Her ongoing project (in collaboration with Dr. Bronwen Bledsoe at Cornell University South Asia collections) is the building of an archive of multilingual post-1960 Bombay poetry at Cornell University. She is currently co-editing a special double issue of Journal of Postcolonial Writing (“The Worlds of Bombay Poetry,” Spring 2017) and she is also working on a cartographic and archipelagic study of Indo-Caribbean writing.

Undergraduate Director

Janet A. Walker

Professor of Comparative Literature
Undergraduate Program Director

Professor Janet A. Walker teaches courses on world literature, the novel in its European and non-Western manifestations, postcolonial literatures and theories, and modern Japanese literature. She has served as undergraduate director and graduate director of the Comparative Literature Program, and she was instrumental, in 1978, in initiating the teaching of Japanese within the then Department of Chinese, Comparative Literature, and Slavic Languages and Literatures, acting as de facto Japanese program director from 1978-1983. She has been a visiting professor at Princeton University and Columbia University, and she was invited to teach briefly under a West Bengal government grant for the Department of Comparative Literature at Jadavpur University in Kolkata.

She is the author of The Japanese Novel of the Meiji Period and the Ideal of Individualism (Princeton University Press, 1979) and co-editor of The Woman’s Hand: Gender and Theory in Japanese Women’s Writing (Stanford University Press, 1996). In addition, she has published essays on, among other topics, modern Japanese fiction writers, the classical Japanese woman writer Izumi Shikibu, van Gogh and his image of Japan, and autobiography in Western and Japanese literature.

Program Coordinator

Fatimah Fischer

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