The Department of Comparative Literature at the University at Buffalo is a relatively small, yet independent program. It combines a tradition of scholarly rigor with openness to fresh currents in literary studies. While rooted in an intense ongoing inquiry into the nature of literature, its conceptual and philosophical underpinnings, and its critical methods, the department sustains a wide range of interdisciplinary approaches and projects. In the past, students have incorporated into their work concerns and methods deriving from philosophy, psychoanalysis, legal studies, political theory, and anthropology.
The Department of Comparative Literature is committed to the study of cultural and linguistic diversity and cherishes the diversity of students and faculty. We support members of our community across differences of race and ethnicity, religion, politics, ability and disability, gender, sexuality, and immigration status. Respect for those differences is an essential and shared intellectual value.
We affirm our commitment to protecting the most vulnerable, to the imaginative work of understanding one another, and to the power of languages as a force for social justice and a vehicle of bridging differences.