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.


The Hobbit by JRR Tolkien

Call for Papers

For a special issue of “The Children's Literature Association Quarterly” on: J.R.R. Tolkien & Children's Literature

Guest Editor: Joseph T. Thomas, Jr.
[email protected]

Deadline for Submissions: September 15, 2024

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Department Bookshelf

//All Books//

Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables

Mr. Okra Sells Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Lashon Daley

Milo Imagines the World

Milo Imagines the World
Matt de la Peña

Forgive the Body This Failure

Forgive the Body This Failure
Blas Falconer

Contemporary Women’s Writing

“Introduction: New Texts, Approaches, and Technologies”
Edith Frampton

Social Text 133

“The Queerness of Industrial Music”
Yetta Howard

Catalyst: Feminism, Theory, Technoscience

“The Mattering of Black Lives: Octavia Butler’s Hyperempathy and the Promise of the New Materialisms”
Diana Leong


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