Columbia's Department of English and Comparative Literature has played a significant role in the history of literary study in the United States and abroad since its inception.  With a large faculty of renowned scholars and dedicated teachers, our department offers a wide range of courses, recognizing traditional values in the discipline yet reflecting its changing shape. For details about our graduate and undergraduate programs, faculty, courses, and upcoming events, follow the appropriate link on the navigation bar above.

Professor Brent Hayes Edwards has been awarded a 2015 Guggenheim Fellowship in Literary Criticism for a book project titled "Art of the Lecture."
Septillion to One, a screenplay by Ph.D. candidate Graham Sack and his co-writer Adam Perlman, has been sold to OddLot Entertainment.

Historical Affects and the Early Modern Theatre honors the groundbreaking scholarship of Jean E. Howard by exploring cultural and economic constructions of affect in the early modern theater.