Comparative Literary Studies at Northwestern University

The Program in Comparative Literary Studies is committed to the exploration of literatures and cultures through the questioning of nationality, linguistic practices, history, and the uses of media and the visual arts. The program also encourages critical and theoretical engagement with the field of world literature in the context of globalization. Its majors pursue a broad program of study that enables them to become familiar with two cultural traditions, acquire knowledge of literary theory, and form a concentration in an area of particular interest to themselves. The Ph.D. program combines an intensive study in a "home department" with a thorough training in theory and in the methodology of comparative literature. The program sponsors many lectures and colloquia that are free and open to the public.


Program Director
Christopher Bush     


Director of Graduate Studies
Evan Mwangi

     Office Hours:  


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christopher Bush

     Office Hours:  Thursday 12pm - 2pm, or by appointment in Crowe 4-101


Program Assistant
Tara Sadera

     Office Hours:  Monday - Thursday 8:30am - 5:30pm

                              Friday 8:30am - 12:00pm

 Student Advisory Board Representative: Nina Johnson                             










Literary Events at Northwestern

Latest News

Congratulations to Brett Brehm for successfully defending his dissertation, entitled "Kaleidophonic Modernity: Sound, City, Technology."


Congratulations to Kritish Rajbhandari for winning the Beiling Wu Prize in Writing for 2014. The Beiling Wu Prize is named for a former Northwestern graduate student in the humanities and is awarded to a doctoral student who wrote the best essay on literature or literary culture in the first year of his/her program.


Jennifer Croft (2013 CLS PhD) has been awarded a fellowship by the National Endowment for the Arts for an NEA Literature Translation Fellowship. Jennifer is one of 20 recommended fellows for 2015. The NEA supports the new translation of fiction, creative nonfiction, and poetry from 12 different languages into English. Congratulations Jennifer!



Congratulations to Jennifer Cazenave (2011 CLS PhD) for accepting a two-year post-doctoral teaching position in French at Hobart and William Smith Colleges.



Congratulations to Stanley Bill (2013 CLS PhD) for accepting a position as Lecturer in Polish Studies in the Slavonic Studies Department at Cambridge University (UK).


Congratulations to Jennifer Croft and Stanley Bill for successfully defending their dissertations.  Jennifer's dissertation was entitled, Agnostic Honor, Agnostic Impotence: The Duels in 20th-Century Literature, while Stanley's dissertation was entitled, Crisis in the Christian Dialectic: Czeslaw Milosz Reads William Blake and Fydor Dostoevsky for a Secular Age.


Congratulations to Anna Glazova, CLS PhD, for winning the highly prestigious Andrey Beliy award for her new volume of poems. Anna is currently a scholar in residence at Rutgers University