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.
Director of Graduate Studies
Director of Undergraduate Studies
Office Hours: Thursdays 1pm - 3pm, or by appointment
Office Hours: Mondays 8:15am - 2:30pm
Tuesdays - Fridays 8:15am - 4:15pm
Congratulations to Julia Ng, who has been awarded the prestigious Charles Bernheimer Prize for the best dissertation of 2013, conferred by the American Comparative Literature Association. Julia received her PhD in Comparative Literary Studies this year with a dissertation written under the supervision of Peter Fenves, David Van Zanten, and Samuel Weber entitled "Conditions of Impossibility: Failures and Fictions of Perpetual Peace." Julia is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the Mahindra Humanities Center at Harvard, where she is conducting research on her new project,"Body, Force, Right: Towards a Literary Theory of Posthumous Life." If you will be attending the ACLA Conference this year, please stop by the banquet to see Julia receive her award.
Congratulations to CLS Graduate Student Sarah Mann-O'Donnell, who was recognized at The Graduate School's inaugural Awards and Recognition Dinner, celebrating honorees who have made notable contributions to graduate life at Northwestern University. Sarah was presented the student award for Diversity.