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
Jörg Kreienbrock

     Office Hours:  


Director of Undergraduate Studies

Christopher Bush

     Office Hours:  Thursdays 1pm - 3pm, or by appointment


Program Assistant
Tara Sadera

     Office Hours:  Mondays 8:15am - 2:30pm

                              Tuesdays - Fridays 8:15am - 4:15pm












Literary Events at Northwestern

Latest News


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