Futures of Comparative Literature is a cutting edge report on the state of the discipline in Comparative Literature. Offering a broad spectrum of viewpoints from all career stages, a variety of different institutions, and many language backgrounds, this collection is fully global and diverse. The book includes previously unpublished interviews with key figures in the discipline as well as a range of different essays – short pieces on key topics and longer, in-depth pieces. It is divided into seven sections: Futures of Comparative Literature; Theories, Histories, Methods; Worlds; Areas and Regions; Languages, Vernaculars, Translations; Media; Beyond the Human; and contains over 50 essays on topics such as: Queer Reading; Human Rights; Fundamentalism; Untranslatability; Big Data; Environmental Humanities. It also includes current facts and figures from the American Comparative Literature Association as well as a very useful general introduction, situating and introducing the material. Curated by an expert editorial team, this book captures what is at stake in the study of Comparative Literature today.

chapter |8 pages


Comparative literature and the new humanities
ByUrsula K. Heise

part |21 pages

Futures of comparative literature

chapter |6 pages

Institutional inertia and the state of the discipline

ByEric Hayot

chapter |2 pages

Performative scholarship

ByAvram Alpert

chapter |5 pages

The reign of the amoeba

Further thoughts about the future of comparative literature
ByGail Finney

chapter |6 pages

Comparative literature

The next ten years
ByHaun Saussy

part |86 pages

Theories, histories, methods

chapter |2 pages


ByAdam Miyashiro

chapter |14 pages

Comparative literary history

A conversation with Marcel Cornis-Pope and Margaret R. Higonnet
ByCésar Domínguez

chapter |2 pages


ByMichael Rubenstein

chapter |10 pages

The politics of the archive in semi-peripheries

ByAdam F. Kola

chapter |10 pages

What the world thinks about literature

ByThomas O. Beebee

chapter |6 pages

Minimal criticism

ByJos Lavery

chapter |2 pages


ByTimothy Brennan

chapter |13 pages

Comparative literature and affect theory

A conversation with R. A. Judy and Rei Terada
ByJessica Berman

chapter |6 pages

Comparatively lesbian

Queer/feminist theory and the sexuality of history
BySusan S. Lanser

chapter |8 pages

Queer double cross

Doing (it with) comp lit
ByJarrod Hayes

chapter |2 pages


ByJessica Berman

chapter |4 pages

Future reading

ByRebecca L. Walkowitz

part |52 pages


chapter |5 pages

World famous, locally

Insights from the study of international canonization
ByMads Rosendahl Thomsen

chapter |10 pages

“World,” “Globe,” “Planet”

Comparative literature, planetary studies, and cultural debt after the global turn
ByChristian Moraru

chapter |7 pages

World literature as figure and as ground

ByDavid Damrosch

chapter |4 pages

Baku, literary common

ByNergis Ertürk

chapter |11 pages

Aesthetic humanity and the great world community

Kant and Kang Youwei
ByBan Wang

chapter |6 pages

Comparative literature, world literature, and Asia

ByKaren Thornber

chapter |3 pages


BySnehal Shingavi

chapter |2 pages


ByJoseph R. Slaughter

chapter |2 pages

Human rights

BySophia A. McClennen

part |44 pages

Areas and regions

chapter |3 pages


Bigger than the nation, smaller than the world
ByChristopher Bush

chapter |13 pages

Comparative literature and Latin American literary studies

A conversation with José Quiroga, Wander Melo Miranda, Erin Graff Zivin, Francine Masiello, Sarah Ann Wells, Ivonne del Valle, and Mariano Siskind
ByGuillermina De Ferrari

chapter |8 pages

Arabic and the paradigms of comparison

ByWaïl S. Hassan

chapter |2 pages

Postcolonial studies

BySangeeta Ray

chapter |2 pages


ByMohammad Salama

chapter |3 pages


ByAaron Bady

chapter |9 pages

Why must African literature be defined? An interview with Aaron Bady

ByBarbara Harlow, Neville Hoad

chapter |2 pages

Hemispheric American literature

ByAntonio Barrenechea

part |23 pages

Languages, vernaculars, translations

chapter |5 pages

Reading and speaking for translation

De-institutionalizing the institutions of literary study
ByLucas Klein

chapter |2 pages

The end of languages?

ByGayatri Chakravorty Spivak

chapter |2 pages

The vernacular

ByS. Shankar

chapter |4 pages

African languages, writ small

ByJeanne-Marie Jackson

chapter |2 pages

The Sinophone

ByYucong Hao

chapter |4 pages


ByBrigitte Rath

chapter |2 pages


ByShaden M. Tageldin

part |53 pages


chapter |9 pages

Archive of the now

ByJacob Edmond

chapter |10 pages

Electronic literature as comparative literature

ByJessica Pressman

chapter |9 pages

Visual-quantitative approaches to the intellectual history of the field

A close reading
ByDennis Tenen

chapter |3 pages

Big data

ByJonathan E. Abel

chapter |3 pages


The new orality
ByCharlotte Eubanks

chapter |12 pages

Comparative literature and computational criticism

A conversation with Franco Moretti
ByUrsula K. Heise

chapter |5 pages

Platforms of the imagination

Stages of electronic literature Mexico 2015
BySusana González Aktories, María Andrea Giovine Yáñez

part |35 pages

Beyond the human

chapter |9 pages

Comparative literature and the environmental humanities

ByUrsula K. Heise

chapter |12 pages

Comparative literature and animal studies

ByMario Ortiz Robles

chapter |10 pages

Multispecies stories, subaltern futures

ByMara de Gennaro

chapter |2 pages

Climate change

ByJennifer Wenzel

part |6 pages

Facts and figures

chapter |4 pages

Comparative literature in the United States

Facts and figures
ByCorinne Scheiner