Mission Statement


CLCS serves as a hub for research, academic programming, and creative endeavor for the English Department and Comparative Literature Program in cooperation with the larger campus, surrounding institutions, and the general public.

The activities of the Center are designed to foster an intellectually engaged community of scholars—undergraduate and graduate students, alumni, lecturers, faculty and staff—who work collaboratively to promote literary study, comparative studies, and the humanities in general as a framework for knowledge and action.


The Center for Literary & Comparative Studies

  • fosters the advancement of multidisciplinary and collaborative scholarship in the humanities;
  • offers opportunities for exchanges among students, alumni, lecturers, faculty, staff, and members of the general public;
  • serves as a laboratory for the incubation of new ideas, daring scholarship, and creative activities
  • supports on-going projects and professional development;
  • honors accomplishments in teaching, research, and creative work;
  • facilitates encounters among constituencies that do not otherwise have sustained contact with one another;
  • consolidates and extends the global perspective on teaching and scholarship characteristic of the English Department and in concert with the University’s strategic plan.

The Center, through co-sponsorships and a twice-yearly call for proposals, offers financial support for initiatives that correspond to its mission.