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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.

Department Statement on Diversity

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.

Why Choose Comp Lit?

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It is interdisciplinary: incorporating knowledge from philosophy, film studies, languages and literatures, gender studies, and more.

It connects humanity: exploring how cultures interact but also how each culture understands their experience of the world.

It develops essential skills: reading, writing, analyzing and critical thinking.

Meet Our Students

Josh Dawson, PhD Candidate.

"The Comp Lit department at UB has been a great fit for me academically and personally. The faculty and staff create an environment that encourages students' growth and development, and my fellow graduate students have been an immeasurably positive influence on my thinking and research"

-Josh Dawson, PhD Candidate

Just Theory Lecture Series

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The Just Theory Lectures Series is an annual series of presentations hosted by and held within the Comparative Literature Department. These lectures bring some of the most well-known and influential thinkers working in the fields of literary criticism and philosophy to the department to present new research