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New Brunswick Undergraduate Catalog 2022-2024 Programs of Study and Courses for Liberal Arts and Sciences Students Programs, Faculty, and Courses Comparative Literature 195  

Comparative Literature 195

Program in Comparative Literature, School of Arts and Sciences

Chair:  Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui

Undergraduate Director: Karen Elizabeth Bishop

Program Coordinator: Fatimah Fischer

Core Faculty:

Ousseina Alidou, B.A., Niamey (Africa); M.A., Ph.D., Indiana

Nicola Behrmann, M.A., Free University Berlin; Ph.D., New York

Karen Elizabeth Bishop, B.A., Ph.D., California (Santa Barbara)

Elin Diamond, B.A., Brandeis; M.A., Ph.D., California (Davis)

Sandy Flitterman-Lewis, B.A., M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)
Lauren Goodlad[KS1] , B.A., Cornell; M.A. NYU; Ph.D., Columbia

Martha Helfer, B.A., Washington (St. Louis); M.A., Wisconsin (Madison); Ph.D., Stanford
E. Khayyat, B.A. Istanbul; M.A. Istanbul & Columbia; Ph.D., Columbia
Jeffrey Lawrence[KS2] , B.A. Amherst College; Ph.D. Princeton

Michael Levine, B.A., Cornell; M.A., Ph.D., Johns Hopkins

Nelson Maldonado-Torres, B.A., Puerto Rico; Ph.D., Brown

Preetha Mani, B.A., Tufts; Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Jorge Marcone, B.A., Pontificia Universidad Católica del Perú; M.A., Ph.D., Texas

Susan Martin-Márquez, B.A., M.A., Chicago; Ph.D., Pennsylvania
Anaïs Maurer, B.A. Sorbonne; M.A. Sorbonne & Tulane; Ph.D. Columbia

Anjali Nerlekar, B.A., M.A., M.Phil., Pune (India); Ph.D., Kansas

Andrew Parker, B.A., Princeton; M.A., Ph.D., Chicago

Nicholas Rennie, B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., Yale

Paul Schalow, B.A., Hampshire College; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard
Richard Serrano, B.A., Stanford; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Jeffrey Shandler, B.A. Swarthmore; M.A., Ph.D., Columbia

Ben Sifuentes-Jáuregui, B.A., M.Phil., Ph.D., Yale

James Swenson, B.A., Brown; M.A., Ph.D., Yale

Emily Van Buskirk, B.A., Princeton; Ph.D., Harvard

Alessandro Vettori, Dottore in Lettere, Firenze (Italy); Ph.D., Yale

Janet Walker, B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., Harvard

Xiaojue Wang, B.A. Peking (China); M.A, Peking (China); M.Phil, Ph.D., Columbia
Affiliate Faculty:
Ed Cohen, A.B., Georgetown; Ph.D., Stanford

Mark Doty, B.A., Drake; M.F.A., Goddard

Jerry Aline Flieger, B.A., Wisconsin; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

William Galperin, A.B., Chicago; A.M., Ph.D., Brown

Paola Gambarota, Ph.D., Pavia (Italy);  Ph.D., Yale

Ann Jurecic, B.A., Bryn Mawr College; M.A.T., Brown; Ph.D., Princeton

Mukti Mangharam, B.A., York (UK); M.Phil., Cambridge; Ph.D., Cornell

Stephen Reinert, B.A., Western Washington; M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Louis Sass, B.A., Harvard; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Louisa Schein, B.A., Brown; M.A., Ph.D., California (Berkeley)

Meheli Sen, B.A., M.A., Jadavpur (India); Ph.D., Emory

Weijie Song, B.A., Xi'an Jiaotong (China); M.A., Ph.D., Peking (China); Ph.D., Columbia

Michelle Stephens, B.A., SUNY (Stony Brook); Ph.D., Yale

Camilla Stevens, B.A., Tulane; M.A., New Mexico; Ph.D., Kansas

Wendy Swartz, B.A., California (San Diego); M.A., Ph.D., California (Los Angeles)

Rebecca L. Walkowitz, A.B., Radcliffe College (Harvard); M.Phil., Sussex (UK); Ph.D., Harvard

Alan Williams, B.A., M.A., Washington; Ph.D., SUNY (Buffalo)

Comparative literature is an interdisciplinary program that studies global literary and cultural expressions as they shape and are shaped by science, economics, religion, politics, sexuality, and other historical forces. It attracts students with wide-ranging interests in literature, theory, cultural and media studies, and who wish to read literature in the original language as well as in translation. Students are urged to begin or continue the study of a language other than English, and to study abroad.
The program offers students the opportunity to design an individualized and interdisciplinary major and minor. Students generally begin with Literature across Borders (01:195:201), a course whose theme changes every year and whose weekly lectures are taught by different members of the program¿s core faculty. Students then choose 200- and 300-level courses in comparative literature and other programs that reflect their individual focus. Since students have different preparations and interests, no two pathways through the program are identical. Students might choose as their focus, for example, topics such as a national language and literature, the novel or film studied across cultures, cultural theories and philosophy, literature in relation to art and/or film, or two national literatures. Because of the individualized nature of the major, students are required to confer with the undergraduate director at least once each semester during the registration period.
Comparative literature core faculty members are accomplished scholars and devoted teachers. Many have won awards for their teaching and scholarship from Rutgers and around the world. The major and minor programs offer students the opportunity to work closely with these professors, who are from a wide range of departments, including African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures (AMESALL); Asian Languages and Cultures (ALC); English; French; German; Russian and East European languages and Literatures (REELL); Italian; Latino and Caribbean Studies; and Spanish and Portuguese. Core faculty members are available to mentor students and serve as advisers of honors theses.
Because of the intensive training in analytical thinking and writing, undergraduates who major or minor in comparative literature often go on to study literature or related fields in graduate school, attend law school, or find employment in a wide variety of professional fields such as publishing, business, and government service.
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