Welcome to Comparative Literature!

Comparative Literature seminar room photoCOMPARATIVE LITERATURE at Rutgers is a thriving interdisciplinary program offering a multi-tracked 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.

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.

Recent PhD's are employed as full-time faculty at many domestic and international institutions, including Emory University, Institut des Hautes Études des Communications Sociales (Brussels), KU Leuven, LaGuardia Community College, Princeton University, Taipei Medical 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. Please contact andrew.parker@rutgers.edu for details.



2018 Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference: March 2-3

You can find the Call for Papers here. The last day to submit abstracts is December 15, 2017.


Brown Bag Lunch: Humanities Dean MICHELLE ANN STEPHENS on her new book collection Relational Undercurrents: Contemporary Art of the Caribbean Archipelago

Wednesday, January 17, 12 - 1:30pm, AB-4052


Graduate Colloquium: GABRIELE LAZZARI on Junot Díaz and the Scales of World Literature

Monday, March 19, 5 - 7:30pm, AB-4052


Graduate Student Spotlight

Congratulations to 2016 PhD BEN DE WITTE, now a Doctor-Assistant in the Research Unit on Translation and Intercultural Transfer ("Vertaling en Interculturele Transfer") at KU Leuven in Belgium. Veel succes, Ben!

Comp Lit celebrates our most recent PhDs:

  • Shawn González: "Translating Linguistic Conflicts: A Decolonial Perspective on Multilingual Caribbean Literature" (2017)

  • Matthew Mangold: "Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, Literature" (2017)

  • 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...

  • María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán, awarded a Ford Foudation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • Virginia Conn and Rafael Vizcaino, who recently passed their doctoral exams
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay, winner of the 2017 Cinema Studies Graduate Essay Prize for “Gazing into the Past: Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché


Rutgers Comp Lit wins Mellon Grant to support Critical Theory in the Global South initiative

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a five-year collaboration with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This partnership, beginning in 2018-19 and funded generously by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, will support reciprocal dissertation workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary course, to be taught concurrently in English and Spanish at Rutgers and UNAM, on “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and In Between.”

Rutgers Comp Lit participates in this initiative as a member of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern). For further information about the Rutgers-UNAM collaboration or the ICCTP, please contact Andrew Parker, the principal investigator for the Rutgers Mellon Grant, or go to http://www.criticaltheory.northwestern.edu/mellon-project/critical-theory-in-the-global-south/.


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