• Comparative Literature

    Examines the range of literature, its transmission and dynamic traversal of linguistic, geographic, cultural, political, and disciplinary boundaries.

  • Undergraduate Program

    Comparative Literature is an innovative major that encourages students to follow their passion for literature.

  • Graduate Program

    Our students adopt a global perspective and interdisciplinary outlook as they pursue work in various languages, traditions and academic fields.


Department of Comparative Literature


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Faculty Bookshelf

Check here for recent publications by faculty members!

Emily Apter

Citizen Subject: Foundations for Philosophical Anthropology (Fordham University Press, 2016)

Gabriela Basterra

The Subject of Freedom: Kant, Levinas (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Jacques Lezra

Flirtations: Rhetoric and Aesthetics This Side of Seduction (Fordham University Press, 2015)

Kristen Ross

Communal Luxury: The Political Imaginary of the Paris Commune (Verso Books, 2015)

Emily Apter

The Age of the Poets: And Other Writings on Twentieth-Century Poetry and Prose (Verso, 2014)

Emanuela Bianchi

The Feminine Symptom: Aleatory Matter in the Aristotelian Cosmos (Fordham University Press, 2014)

Jacques Lezra and Emily Apter

Dictionary of Untranslatables: A Philosophical Lexicon (Princeton University Press, 2014)

Richard Sieburth

Louise Labé, Love Sonnets & Elegies (NYRB/Poets, 2014)

Emily Apter

Against World Literature: On the Politics of Untranslatability (Verso, 2013)

Hala Halim

Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism: An Archive (Fordham University Press, 2013)