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


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Associate Professor of Spanish/Portuguese and Comparative Literature
Graduate Program Director

One of Jorge's research projects focuses on the impact of popular and indigenous environmentalisms in current ecological thinking, including ecological approaches to Latin American and Spanish literary and cultural studies. Their ontologies and axiologies on the interrelationships between humans and nonhumans. Their affinities with theories of sustainability and community resilience to environmental change. Documentary films.

Another line of research is devoted to the literature, film, and arts of Amazonia. Given its prominent role in the planet’s ecology and ecological imagination, the Amazon’s literary and artistic traditions are particularly rich on creative expressions that reconsider the human experience and its identity in light of the question of its interconnectedness with nature under colonization and modernization. Amazonia in national literatures, travel literature, and world literature.

Jorge has also published or taught on ecology and the Spanish American Regional Novel, Mexican literature, Chicana literature, Pablo Neruda, José Emilio Pacheco, among others.

Research by former and current graduate students include: ecology and British informal imperialism in the Spanish American Regional Novel; the chronicle and the Latin American city; ecology in colonial Caribbean texts; urban ecology, environmental justice and sustainability in contemporary Latin American and Latino literatures; a history of ecology and environmentalism in Spanish American literature; Amazonia in Peruvian and Brazilian literatures; Southern Cone Poetry and the “environmental turn” since the 1970s; indigenismo and indigenous films in Peru and Bolivia; among others.

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

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Before coming to Rutgers, Fatimah worked as an Administrative Assistant in the Educational Opportunity Fund Program (EOF), at College of Saint Elizabeth in Morristown, NJ. She earned a B.A. in Communication with a minor in Journalism and a M.S. in Organizational Change in Business Management from (CSE).

During her 13-year tenure in EOF, She served as a building marshal, played a key role in the mission and values committee for the college, assisted in their budget committee, and used her journalistic skills to work as one of the editors, reporter, and writers for the college’s newspaper “The Station.”

Now at Rutgers she says, “I feel excited experiencing so much diversity among the student body and faculty in Comparative Literature and across the university”. She adds, “I love working with students from different cultural backgrounds.” One of her goals is to continue to grow and learn at Rutgers. She plans to obtain her Ed.D. at Rutgers in the near future. Fatimah looks forward to having a long extended career at Rutgers.

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