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The Comparative Literary Studies Program reflects the belief that literary texts can best be understood within the context of diverse literary traditions and other cultural phenomena. The program is able to accomplish this by drawing on faculty from the various literature departments as well as from other disciplines (such as art history, film studies, music, and philosophy).

Learn more about our interdisciplinary and interdepartmental faculty and students:


Faculty leaders


Program Director:
Alessia Ricciardi (Professor, French & Italian)
Director of Graduate Studies:

Corey Byrnes (Associate Professor of Chinese Culture)

Director of Undergraduate Studies:

Tristram Wolff (Assistant Professor of English)

Administrative Staff

Phil Hoskins, CLS Program Coordinator
Room: Kresge 5-538
Phone: 847-491-3864

Ann Kelchner, Business Administrator
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3658

Emily Berry, Program Assistant
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3656

Richard Izzo, Program Assistant
Room: Kresge 3-512
Phone: 847-491-3657