Comparative Literature involves the study of literary texts, including graphic novels and comics, film and different forms of translation. Students engage in close reading of contemporary and historical texts in translation from around the world. Our faculty specialize in Africa, the Caribbean, West, East and Central Europe, the Middle East and Latin America. Our program is continuously developing and enlarging its scope through creative and innovative research and teaching. See Academics -> Course Descriptions
Comics and Graphic Novels
Professor Chris Couch teaches courses on the graphic novel, animation and comics including, Comic Art in North America. International Graphic Novel and International History of Animation. He served as senior editor at Kitchen Sink Press (Northampton) and editor in chief at CPM Manga (New York). His edited publications have won or were nominated for 17 Eisner and Harvey Awards. Current publications include the edited volume Conversations with Harvey Kurtzman, and a book on Batman artist and editorial cartoonist Jerry Robinson.
Comparative Literature film courses explore multiple cultures, language and genres, with an emphasis on film theory and analysis. Current courses include Introduction to Film Analysis: Cinematic Time Travel, International Film, Self-Reflective Avant-Garde Film, Cinema and Psyche, Narrative Avant-Garde Film, International Science Fiction, and Dystopian Futures in Film and Fiction. In addition to fulfilling requirements in the Comp Lit major tracks, our film courses fulfill Gen Ed requirements and count towards the Film Studies Certificate.
Translation and Interpreting Studies
Our program in Translation and Interpreting Studies provides a grounding in translation and interpreting theory and research; practical expertise in translation and interpreting; an intorduction to translation and interpreting technologies; and experience in creating and analyzing written and spoken translations. We offer Certificates in Translation and Interpreting Studies at both the undergraduate and graduate level. For more information about our undergraduate and graduate courses and certificates, see Translation and Interpreting Studies.
Who We Are
Our faculty have expertise in research and teaching in literary studies (colonial, post-colonial, medieval and modern, the global south and eastern and western traditions), film and digital media, and translation and interpreting studies. For more information see Faculty and Faculty CVs.
Congratulations to Comparative Literature graduate student Noor Habib who together with Zara Khadeeja Majoka has been awarded a 2023 PEN/HEIM Translation Fund Grant for their translation from the Urdu of Oblivion and Eternity Within Me by Miraji
November 16, 2022
From the judges’ citation: Pioneering queer poet Miraji, lauded as one of the three pillars of modern Urdu poetry, in lifestyle and letters resisted both heteronormative and colonial conventions....
Comp Lit alumna Esther Cuesta Santana receives Revoutionary Spirit Award
October 28, 2022
Esther Cuesta Santana (Spanish BA ’02, Comp Lit MA & PhD ’09 & ’15) is the recipient of this year’s Alumni Association’s Revolutionary Spirit Award. She will be visiting campus during...
Mehtap Özdemir successfully defends her dissertation “The Moral Frame: Adab and Ottoman Literary Modernity” in June 2022
September 05, 2022
Mehtap Özdemir successfully defended her dissertation “The Moral Frame: Adab and Ottoman Literary Modernity” in June 2022...
Languages of Comparison/Comparative Accents
Herter 301 and on zoom
Martín Espada has published more than twenty books as a poet, editor, essayist and translator. His latest book of poems is called Floaters (2021), winner of the National Book Award and a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize.
Tabish Khair will lecture on “Literature and Fundamentalism: Initial Thoughts from Ongoing Research” at 7:00 pm, on May 5, in South College E470.
Khair's work is an excellent example of how literature, and fiction in particular, gives us access to lived history and politics in a way that nothing else can. His new novel, The Body by the Shore, is his first venture into sci-fi and eco-literature, and it’s also a real thriller.