Modern LanguagesWestern Arts and Humanities

Comparative Literature Core Faculty

Western University offers opportunities for comparative study in a broad range of languages and literatures. Students and faculty work in European literatures, comparative Canadian literature, Latin-American studies, post-colonial studies, and world literatures.

Melitta Adamson (Ph.D. Toronto) Medieval German Literature; European Medical and Culinary Literature; Parody. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Nandi Bhatia (Ph.D. Panjab / Ph.D. Texas at Austin) Postcolonial Literatures and Theory; British Imperial Literature; Theatre Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Janelle Blankenship (Ph.D. Duke) 19th-20th Century German Literature; European Film and the Avant-Garde; Modernism; Media Theory; Critical Theory; Early Cinema. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Angela Borchert (Ph.D. Princeton)18th-Century Cultural Studies; Visual Art and Cultural Theory; Germanic Literatures 1700 to 1900. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Jonathan Boulter (Ph.D. Western Ontario) Contemporary Narrative; Beckett; Popular Culture; Theory. Doctoral level supervisory priveleges

Cristina Caracchini (Ph.D. Université de Montréal) Western Poetry: Theory and Criticism; Italian Literature: Histroy and Criticism; Theory and History of the Avant-garde; Narration Theatre; Romance Philology; Ethnic Literature (Italian-Canadian)

Thomas Carmichael (Ph.D. Toronto) Literary Theory, Cultural Theory, Postmodernism, American Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Paul Coates (Ph.D. Warsaw) European Cinema, Polish Cinema, Literature and Film, Film Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

David Darby (Ph.D. Queen's) German and Austrian Literature; 19th and 20th Century Fiction; Narrative Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Laurence de Looze (Ph.D. Toronto) European Medieval Literatures; French; Spanish; Narrative Theory; Film Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Angela Esterhammer (Ph.D. Princeton) European Romanticism and 19th Century; Literary Theory; Philosophy of Language. Adjunct faculty.

Janina Falkowska (Ph.D. McGill) Film Theory; Eastern European Film; Polish Film and Popular Culture; Postmodernism. Master's level supervisory privileges

Alain Goldschläger (Ph.D. Toronto) 20th-Century French Literature; Semiotics; Discourse Analysis. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Jonathan Hart (Ph.D. Toronto; Ph.D. Cambridge) Renaissance, Historiography, Shakespeare, (post-) colonialism. Adjunct faculty. Doctoral privileges.

Christopher Keep (Ph.D. Queen's) 19th-Century Literature and Culture; Contemporary Theory; Technologies of Writing; Hypertext; History of Virtuality. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

M.J. Kidnie (Ph.D. Birmingham) Renaissance Literature, especially drama; Performance Studies; Textual Studies and Editorial Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Steve Lofts (Ph.D. Louvain) 20th-Century Continental Philosophy, Phenomenology, Theories of Subjectivity and Culture. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Mary Helen McMurran (Ph.D. New York) 18th-Century British and French Literature and Culture; The Novel; Transnationalism. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Calin-Andrei Mihailescu (Ph.D. Toronto) Renaissance, Baroque and 20th-Century Romance Literatures; Critical Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

James Miller (Ph.D. Toronto) Medieval and Renaissance Poetry; Cosmopoetics; Gay Studies; Italian Literature. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Nima Naghibi (Ph.D. Alberta) Postcolonial and gender studies, human rights, Muslim/Middle Eastern women in Western discourses. Adjunct faculty. Doctoral privileges.

Tobias Nagl (Ph.D. Hamburg) Critical race studies, postcolonial studies, film theory and history, popular German cinema, silent film.

Jan Plug (Ph.D. SUNY, Buffalo) 18th and 19th-Century German, French, English, Philosophy and Literature; Critical Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges 

Luca Pocci (Ph.D. Toronto) Modern and Contemporary Italian Literature, Literary Theory, Thematic Criticism; History and Fiction. Masters level supervisory privileges 

Randall Pogorzelski (Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara) Roman literature, especially Augustan and early imperial poetry; classical reception; literary geography; politics in literature; nationalism and imperialism. Publications include articles on Lucan, Virgil, and James Joyce.

Anthony Purdy (Ph.D. Queen's)19th-20th Century Literature and Culture; Material Memory; The Archive; The Museum; The Collection; Time and Place. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Tilottama Rajan (Ph.D. Toronto) Romanticism; Critical Theory (Phenomenology, Deconstruction, Aesthetic Theory). Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Marilyn Randall (Ph.D. Toronto) Quebecois and Francophone Literatures; Literary Theory; Pragmatic Plagiarism. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Aara Suksi (Ph.D. Toronto) Classical Greek literature; Greek myth; Athenian politics. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Vladimir Tumanov (Ph.D. Alberta) Bible and Literature; 20th-Century German, French and Russian Literature; Children's Literature. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Daniel Vaillancourt (Ph.D. UQAM) Theories of reading, mystical writings, travel narratives, birth of urbanism and urbanity in 17th-century France, philosophy and aesthetics of Deleuze, semiotics. Doctoral privileges

Hua Laura Wu (Ph.D. Toronto) Traditional Chinese Fiction, Modern Chinese Literature, Chinese Culture. Master's level supervisory privileges

For further information about any aspect of the program, please contact:
The Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature
Department of Modern Languages and Literatures
Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 85857/Fax: (519) 661-4093
E-Mail: Prof. Călin Andrei Mihăilescu,