Welcome to Comparative Literature!

Comparative Literature seminar room photoCOMPARATIVE LITERATURE is a thriving interdisciplinary program at Rutgers offering an undergraduate 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.

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

Recent PhD's teach at various domestic and international institutions, including Georgia Tech, Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales (Brussels), KU Leuven, LaGuardia Community College, Princeton University, Taipei Medical University, Michigan State University, and the University of Utrecht.

Faculty Spotlight

Comp Lit News

Comp Lit warmly welcomes  ...

our new Chair, Prof. Nelson Maldonado-Torres, and our new Undergraduate Director, Prof. V. G. Julie Rajan!


We were sorry to cancel ...

Comp Lit's biennial Grad Student Conference, originally scheduled for Friday and Saturday, April 3-4, 2020.

The keynote address was to be given by Prof. Lydia H. Liu 劉禾, the Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities and Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society at Columbia University. 

Stay tuned for further details...


Graduate Student Spotlight

Comp Lit celebrates our RECENT PHD's:

Gabriele Lazzari: "New Geographies of the Contemporary Novel: Scale, Border, Semi-Periphery, World" (2020)

Bernabe Mendoza: "Mythic Fertility, Impurity, and Creolization in the Works of Octavia E. Butler" (2020)

Rafael Vizcaino: "Decolonial Responses to Secularism from the Underside of Modernity" (2020)

Jeong Eun "Annabel" We: "Decolonizing Mobility in the Postwar Transpacific" (2020)

Congratulations also to:

Gabriel Bamgbose, awarded a 2020-21 Louis Bevier dissertation completion fellowship

Rudrani Gangopadhyay, selected as a 2020-2021 Fellow in the Rutgers PreDoctoral Leadership Development Academy (PLDA)


Honors Theses, Class of 2020

Congratulations to our undergrad honor student!

Christina Chen: "'The Happy Fate of Genji's Darling': Fiction and Power in the Genji and Murasaki Relationship" (dir. J. Walker)


The editors of PROTEUS: The Rutgers Undergraduate Journal of Comparative Literature are pleased to announce their 2019-2020 edition!


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