About the Department

For more than a century, the Department of English and Comparative Literature has fostered a deep engagement with literature and language at San Diego State University. In our classrooms, students develop depth of perspective and critical acumen as they study the literatures of the world—from ancient times to the digital era—and prepare for careers in law, business, education, digital industries, writing, editing and publishing, and public service. 

The department affirms San Diego State University’s Commitment to a diverse campus climate that promotes human dignity and mutual appreciation for each member of our community. Freedom from discrimination, harassment, and violence against persons or property is a basic right and is requisite for learning.


Statement of Solidarity

We express our solidarity with all those whose lives are impacted by Russia's invasion of Ukraine and support the calls for a swift and peaceful resolution.

Our friend and former colleague, Ilya Kaminsky, who was born in Odessa, taught us a great deal about the country, its creative artists, and its rich history during his twelve years in San Diego. For those interested in his thoughts on the relationship between poetry and politics, take a look at this essay on Ukrainian, Russian, and the language of war or read the New Yorker's multimedia excerpts from Deaf Republic. You might also like to consult his recent interview with Slate about his poem "We Lived Happily During the War."

We encourage you, too, to visit Poetry International, one of the department's international literary journals, which is featuring Ukrainian poets and writers on its website.

Outstanding Graduating Seniors

OSG 2022 Rochelle and SaraThis year’s Outstanding Graduating Seniors are Rochelle Vera Serrano for Comparative Literature (left in photo) and Sara Canelon for English (right in photo). 

Both students selected Dr. Clare Colquitt as their most influential faculty member. 

Congratulations to all our graduates!

Upcoming Events

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People at Digital Humanities showcase


Digital Humanities Showcase
 10:00 am
Our annual DH Showcase and E-Lit student competition is back! 

MFA Graduate Reading


MFA Graduation Reading
 4:00 pm
Scripps Terrace
Join us for readings from our 2022 MFA graduating students.

SDSU commencement regalia


 3:00 pm
Viejas Arena
The College of Arts and Letters ceremony for students and their guests (tickets required).


Department Bookshelf

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Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century cover

Befriending the Queer Nineteenth Century: Curious Attachments
Michael Borgstrom

Strange Fruit and Other Plays cover

Strange Fruit & Other Plays
Harold Jaffe

Reading the Old Norse-Icelandic “Maríu saga” in Its Manuscript Contexts cover

Reading the Old Norse-Icelandic “Maríu saga” in Its Manuscript Contexts
Daniel Najork

Unspeakable: Literature and Terrorism from the Gunpowder Plot to 9/11 cover

Unspeakable: Literature and Terrorism from the Gunpowder Plot to 9/11
Peter C. Herman

Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Age cover

Bookishness: Loving Books in a Digital Ages
Jessica Pressman

Talking #BrownTV: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen cover

Talking #BrownTV: Latinas and Latinos on the Screen
William "Memo" Nericcio


Digital Humanities National Center for the Study of Children's Literature SDSU Press Fiction International Pacific Review Poetry International