Comparative Literature 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
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Nandi Bhatia (Ph.D. Panjab / Ph.D. Texas at Austin) Postcolonial Literatures and Theory; British Imperial Literature; Theatre Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Tim Blackmore The ways that culture and cultural products revolve around each other. Popular, mass, and folk culture (comix, art, film, bande dessinee, fiction). Industrial culture, heavy industry, and the emotional costs of full throttle capitalism.

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
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Angela Borchert Currently on Leave (Ph.D. Princeton)18th-Century Cultural Studies; Visual Art and Cultural Theory; Germanic Literatures 1700 to 1900. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Jonathan Boulter (Ph.D. Western Ontario) Contemporary Narrative; Beckett; Popular Culture; Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Henri Boyi (MA Cornell) Post Colonial Theory; Francophone and Anglophone African Literature; Post Colonial Theory; Intercultural Competence; Ubuntu Pedagogy; innovative approaches to second language teaching; Experiential Learning.

Cristina Caracchini (Ph.D. U. Montréal) 19th & 20th century European Poetry; Historical Avant-gardes; Practical Feminism; Italian Literature; Ethnic Literature (Italian-Canadian). Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Thomas Carmichael (Ph.D. Toronto) Literary Theory, Cultural Theory, Postmodernism, American Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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David Darby (Ph.D. Queen's) German and Austrian Literature; 19th and 20th Century Fiction; Narrative Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Laurence de Looze (Ph.D. Toronto) European Medieval Literatures; French; Spanish; Narrative Theory; Film Studies. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Julia Emberley (Ph.D. York) Indigenous storytelling practices, testimonial discourses, cultural and feminist postcolonial studies and decolonial theory and literatures.

Alain Goldschläger (Ph.D. Toronto) 20th-Century French Literature; Semiotics; Discourse Analysis. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Christopher Keep (Ph.D. Queen's) 19th-Century Literature and Culture; Contemporary Theory; Technologies of Writing; Hypertext; History of Virtuality. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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M.J. Kidnie (Ph.D. Birmingham) Renaissance Literature, especially drama; Performance Studies; Textual Studies and Editorial Theory. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Guoyuan (Kevin) Liu (Ph.D. Western Ontario) Comparative Literature; Chinese Theatre (16th century - 18th century); Chinese fiction and film, Cultural Studies.  Doctoral level supervisory privileges

Mario Longtin (Ph.D. Edinburgh) Littérature médiévale, histoire du théâtre, histoire de la langue, édition critique, transmission des textes dramatiques (manuscrits et imprimés), histoire des pratiques théâtrales et mise en scène.

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

James Miller (Ph.D. Toronto) Medieval and Renaissance Poetry; Cosmopoetics; Gay Studies; Italian Literature. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Rafael Montano (Ph.D. McGill) Spanish American Novel, Carlos Fuentes. Doctoral level supervisory privileges

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

Allan Pero (Ph.D. Toronto) Modern British, Irish and American Literature, Drama, Psychoanalysis and Cultural Theory.

Thy Phu (Ph.D. Berkeley) Intersections between visual studies, critical race studies, transnational American  studies, and traspacific critique.

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. Doctoral level supervisory privileges 
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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.

Michael Raine (Ph.D. Iowa) Film Studies, Cultural Studies, Asian Studies.  World Cinema especially Japanese cinema; the transition to sound, wartime image culture, and the Japanese new wave.

Tillottama Rajan (Ph.D. Toronto) Romanticism; Critical Theory (Phenomenology, Deconstruction, Aesthetic Theory). Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Marilyn Randall (Ph.D. Toronto) Quebecois and Francophone Literatures; Literary Theory; Pragmatic Plagiarism. Doctoral level supervisory privileges
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Chris Roulston (Ph.D. Toronto) Queer theory, feminist theory, history of sexuality, eighteenth-century french and english novel, marriage and women's friendship in the eighteenth century. Doctoral level supervisory privileges.

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

Jane Toswell (D.Phil. Oxford) Study of psalter manuscripts, field of medievalism, modern reception of Middle Ages
Recent Publications

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


For further information about any aspect of the program, please contact:
The Graduate Chair, Comparative Literature
Department of Languages and Cultures
Phone: (519) 661-2111, ext. 85828/Fax: (519) 661-4093
E-Mail: Prof. James Miller,