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.

 

The Virgil Thomson Award for Outstanding Music Criticism in the pop music field recognizes Brent Hayes Edwards for his book, Epistrophies: Jazz and the Literary Imagination, published by Harvard University Press. The book explores the fertile interface between art-making and performance through case studies in jazz literature―both writings informed by music and the surprisingly large body of writing by jazz musicians themselves.

VIDEO - From 'To Kill a Mockingbird' to 'A Tree Grows in Brooklyn', authors from all eras have pulled from their hometown experiences to create great literature.

The Department is proud to announce that alumna Rita Charon will deliver the 2018 National Endowment for the Humanities Jefferson Lecture in October.