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

Emerita Professor JOSEPHINE DIAMOND has passed away

Prof. Diamond was a pioneer in the global study of women's expressive cultures and, for many years, Comp Lit's graduate director. A memorial service is being planned -- former students are encouraged to share reflections about their work with her.



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

The keynote address will be given Professor 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...


Please join us for our YEAR-END CELEBRATION!

Honoring our seniors and PhDs--and their families and friends.

Friday, May 1, 2020 from 2-4pm, AB-4052

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comp Lit celebrates our RECENT PHD's:

Yu-i "Yvette" Hsieh: "Organizing Attention: Caring for Japanese Popular Culture in the New Political Economy" (2019)

Enmanuel Martinez: "The Archipelago and the Archive: Transnational Archival Modes and Mediums in Caribbean Literatures and States" (2019)

Lina Qu: "A Genealogy of Hungry Women Writers and Artists: Rethinking Chinese Modernity through the Art of Female Hunger" (2019)

Louis Segura: "The Purge and the Codification of Memory in Postwar French Literature and Film" (2019)

Congratulations also to:

  • Gabriele Lazzari, awarded a 2019-20 Louis Bevier dissertation fellowship
  • Qingfeng Nie, for a 2019-20 dissertation fellowship from the Chiang Ching-kuo Foundtion
  • Rafael Vizcaino, for receiving a 2019-20 Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellowship and a MMUF Dissertation Grant from the Woodrow Wilson National Fellowship Foundation
  • Penny Pui Chee Yeung, who will study Japanese in Yokohama as a 2019-20 IUC Nippon Foundation Fellow


Honors Theses, Class of 2019

Congratulations to our undergrad honor students!

Valerie Grimm: “Women at the Margins of Violence: Sexual Assault and Trauma in Indian and Italian Literature and Film” (dir. A. Vettori and M. Sen)

Nodira Ibragimova: “Central Asia: A Liminal Space” (dir. E. Khayyat)

Hannah Mulligan: “Slow Violence in Iraq: Representing the Aftermath of the Gulf War” (dir. J. Marcone and E. Khayyat)


The editors of PROTEUS: The Rutgers Undergraduate Journal of Comparative Literature are pleased to announce their 2018-19 edition!


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