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Comparative Literature Program

Comparative Literature at Louisiana State University is an interdisciplinary program that encourages students to approach literary studies from a wide array of sociocultural perspectives.


The Ph.D. program is built around a core curriculum grounded in the history of literary criticism and theory. With the guidance of faculty, students develop their own degree plans and research agendas, meant to combine the study of literature, literary theory, language, philosophy, art, history, and other cultural phenomena in exciting, fruitful, and innovative ways.

As an interdepartmental program, Comparative Literature draws upon the strengths of its affiliated departments in the College of Humanities and Social Sciences.

Welcome from the Director

The LSU Program in Comparative Literature provides a vibrant, collaborative space for students and faculty to explore transnational and interdisciplinary research in literary, cultural, and artistic traditions. Through scholarship, teaching, and community engagement, the program establishes and maintains relationships with a number of local, national, and international entities. Mutual exchange is a core value that fosters the program’s dynamic scholarly atmosphere. The interdepartmental nature of the program creates an opportunity for dialogue and research that enhances LSU’s linguistic, cultural, and disciplinary diversity.  In addition to an excellent grounding in multiple areas of literary study, the program envisions expanding the geographical and cultural scope of student and faculty projects. Read more about the program.


Ph.D. Candidate Midhat Shah awarded Alumni Association Teaching Assistant Award

Doctoral candidate in Comparative Literature, Midhat Shah, was selected as one of two recipients of this year’s Alumni Association Teaching Assistant Award.

The university will honor Midhat for her outstanding teaching abilities and dedication to students in her classes, Introduction to World Literary Traditions CPLT 2201 / English 2201 and before that, English Composition 1001, and English Composition 2000, at a reception for the 2024 Faculty Award Winners this month. 

New CPLT/SCRN 2203 Global Cinemas Undergraduate Course this Spring!

Ph.D. student Jacopo Aldrighetti will teach the 2203 Global Cinemas course "Socio-environmental Conflicts: Documenting, Filming, Writing", which will discuss human-environment interactions across different media (environmental writing, ethnographic and documentary filming, photography, etc.). The course will be taught on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9-10:20 a.m. and is cross-listed between Comparative Literature and Screen Arts. Add it to your schedule using either the CPLT 2203 code for Comparative Literature or SCRN 2203 for Screen Arts. Read more about the course.

Ph.D. Candidate Jaime Elizabeth Johnston wins Zora Neale Hurston Prize

Jaime Elizabeth Johnston (Louisiana State University) received the Zora Neale Hurston Prize, which is given to a graduate or undergraduate student for the best work in any medium—including but not limited to papers, films, sound recordings, or exhibitions—on African American folklore. 

Johnston’s thesis, “My Mother Read My Dreams: Dream Interpretation in the African Diaspora,” shares fieldwork conducted with three African American women who practice the tradition of reading dreams in New Orleans. It engages deeply with Folklore Studies, especially belief studies, as well as with personal experience narratives and the importance of phenomenology in looking at emic interpretations of spiritual practices.

Ph.D. Candidate Negar Basiri awarded Alumni Association Teaching Assistant Award

Doctoral student in Comparative Literature, Negar Basiri, was selected as one of two recipients of this year’s Alumni Association Teaching Assistant Award.

The University College will honor Negar for her outstanding teaching ability and dedication to students in her classes, Introduction to World Literary Traditions CPLT 2201 / English 2201 and Introduction to Modern World Lit II CPLT 2202 / English 2202, at the annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Program and Reception in Fall 2024.

Dr. Helen Regis awarded the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award and Dr. Kevin Bongiorni awarded Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award

LSU's Comparative Literature Program is proud to recognize the accomplishments of two of its esteemed faculty members. Dr. Helen Regis was awarded the Brij Mohan Distinguished Professor Award for her outstanding commitment to promoting peace, equality, and social justice within the community.

Dr. Kevin Bongiorni was awarded the Outstanding Service-Learning Faculty Award for his exceptional dedication to integrating quality service-learning activities into the academic curriculum while embodying best service-learning practices with significant outcomes and community impact.

Dr. Andrew Sluyter Awarded Carnegie Fellowship

The Carnegie Foundation has awarded Dr. Andrew Sluyter the Carnegie Fellowship due to the historical and social relevance of his research. As a fellow, Dr. Sluyter will focus on his project entitled "Slavery and Higher Education: New Narratives on the Plantation Past, New Places for Racial Equity." The project aims to assist educational institutions established on former slave plantations in understanding this aspect of their campus identity and its connection to racial disparities in higher education. Read more in LSU Media Center's article.


Invited Lecture


Wednesday, March 27

12:30 p.m.

Meeting ID: 494 639 4679

Passcode: 5758

The Comparative Literature Program presents a lecture by Dr. Estela Vieira, Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Portuguese Program at the Indiana University.

Lecture: "Gender Violence and Historical Memory in "Murmuring Coast" (2004) by Margarida Cardoso and Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words "(2005)".


Film Screening


Wednesday, March 20

3:00-6:00 p.m.

In Person: Prescott room 138

The Comparative Literature Graduate Association presents Isabel Coixet's The Secret Life of Words (2005).

"The Secret Life of Words" is a touching and heartbreaking romance, with an awesome screenplay and wonderful performances of Sarah Polley and Tim Robbins. The dramatic story develops perfectly the characters and in spite of the happy-end, it is never corny. Comparative Literature Graduate Students will lead a discussion after the movie.

The Journal

comparative woman

Comparative Woman aims to create an environment that explores topics related to comparative literature and women/gender studies through poetry and academic essays from a multitude of perspectives. We seek to give poets a platform for reflecting on their thoughts and experiences according to each issue’s theme to present our readers with unique, diverse, and thought-provoking art while also exposing our readers to scholarly work on art created by women or about women in mediums both in and outside of the Western Literary Canon.



Comparative Literature Lecture Series

"Gender Violence and Historical Memory in "Murmuring Coast" (2004) by Margarida Cardoso and Isabel Coixet's "The Secret Life of Words" (2005)"

Presenter: Dr. Estela Vieira, Indiana University

March 27, 2024

12:30 p.m.


Read more.

Movie Screening

"The Secret Life of Words" (2005).

March 20, 2024

In Person: Prescott room 138

3:00-6:00 p.m.

Past Events


Teaching World Literature

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Zoom ID: 494 639 4679
Passcode: 5758

7th Annual Languages and Literatures Conference

Hands pulling on either side of a rope

Conflict: Global Perspectives

Held Virtually
Time: March 9-11, 2023

Learn more about the conference.

Comparative Literature Lecture Series

"Anonymity as the Immemorial Exile, a Shared Space in Iranian, French & American Texts."

Presenter: Negar Basiri

April 13, 2023. Dean's Office, Hodges 155, 12:30-1:30 PM.

Learn more about the lecture series.

Past Events Sponsored by the Program