THE DEPARTMENT

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.

 

Prof. Sharon Marcus has been awarded fellowships by the Radcliffe, the Guggenheim, and the Ransom Center fellowships for a book about the history of celebrity culture, The Drama of Celebrity, under contract with Princeton University Press.

After fifteen years of teaching at Columbia, Professor Susan Crane is retiring this Fall, leaving behind an exceptionally close group of colleagues in her field and a generation of new scholars in medieval studies inspired by her work and teaching.

Ph.D. candidates Jess Engebretson and Milan Terlunen have spent the past year creating a new podcast series to share ideas developed by literary scholars with listeners outside of the classroom.