Comparative Literature

Comparative literature is the study of literature and other cultural expressions across linguistic and cultural boundaries. At Brown, the Department of Comparative Literature is distinct in its conviction that literary research and instruction must be international in character, and its undergraduate and graduate programs are considered among the finest in the country. Undergraduate students study a generous range of literary works – from Western cultures, both ancient and modern, to Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic – to develop a focused critical understanding of how cultures differ from one another.

The graduate program is a vigorous and comprehensive study of literature and culture, utilizing a range of materials from several literatures to foster an understanding of individual authors, influences, literary movements, forms, and genres in a comparative critical context. The program is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of individual emphases in literature and culture, periods, genres, history, criticism, and theory.

Affiliations

Faculty Administrative Positions

Redfield, Marc, Chair of Comparative Literature

Faculty Positions

Ahearn, Edward, University Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature and French Studies

Azoulay, Ariella, Professor of Comparative Literature and Modern Culture and Media

Bensmaia, Reda, University Professor Emeritus of French Studies and Comparative Literature

Bernstein, Susan, Professor of Comparative Literature

Chin, Tamara, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Clayton, Michelle, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Crossgrove, William, Professor Emeritus of German Studies and Comparative Literature

Drumsta, Emily, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Evdokimova, Svetlana, Professor of Slavic Studies

Evdokimova, Svetlana, Professor of Comparative Literature

Foley, Stephen, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Golub, Spencer, Professor of Comparative Literature

Haynes, Kenneth, Professor of Comparative Literature

Konstan, David, John Rowe Workman Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Classics and Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature

Levy, Dore, Professor of Comparative Literature

McLaughlin, Kevin, Professor of Comparative Literature

Merrim, Stephanie, Professor of Comparative Literature

Mostefai, Ourida, Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies

Muhanna, Elias, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Muhanna, Elias, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature

Newman, Karen, Owen F. Walker Professor of Humanities and Professor of Comparative Literature

Newman, Karen, Professor of Comparative Literature

Pucci, Joseph, Professor of Comparative Literature

Redfield, Marc, Professor of Comparative Literature

Reed, Joseph, Professor of Comparative Literature

Richter, Gerhard, Professor of Comparative Literature

Sng, Zachary, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Stewart-Steinberg, Suzanne, Professor of Comparative Literature and Italian Studies

Szendy, Peter, Professor of Comparative Literature

Valente, Luiz, Professor of Comparative Literature

Viswanathan, Meera, Associate Professor Emerita of Comparative Literature

Weinstein, Arnold, Professor of Comparative Literature

Weinstein, Arnold, Edna and Richard Salomon Distinguished Professor of Comparative Literature

Whitfield, Esther, Associate Professor of Comparative Literature

Wills, David, Professor of Comparative Literature