The program fosters an intellectual environment through the annual Texas Tech University Comparative Literature Symposium started in the 1960s. Recent topics include:
- Animal/Language: An Interdisciplinary Conference (2019): Symposium Directors: Dr. John Beusterien and Dr. Belinda Kleinhans
- Human Rights Now: Texts, Contexts, Comparisons (2018): Symposium Director: Kanika Batra
- The Word in the World: Culture, Technology, and Discourse in the Twenty-First Century (2017): Symposium Director: Kanika Batra
- Translation/Transnation: Languages, Geographies, Genders (2016): Symposium Director: Kanika Batra
- Performing the Social (2015): Symposium Director: Kanika Batra
- Representing Reality in Text and Image: Clichés, Stereotypes, and Caricatures (2014); Symposium Directors: Chris Bains, John Beusterien and Anita McChesney
- Gendering Globalization (2013): Symposium Directors: John Beusterien and Kanika Batra
- Comparative Book History (2012): Symposium Director: John Beusterien
- Eco-criticism and Comparative Literature (2011): Symposium Director: John Beusterien
- American Studies as Transnational Practice (2010): Symposium Director: Yuan Shu
- Migration, Border, and the Nation-State (2009): Joint Conference Director: Yuan Shu
- War, Empire, and Culture (2008): Symposium Director: Yuan Shu
- America's Asia, Asia's America (2007): Symposium Director: Yuan Shu
- Narratives in Trauma Response and Recovery (2006): Symposium Director: Yuan Shu
- The Representation of Space: Geo-critical Approaches to Comparative Literature (2005): Symposium Directors: Bertrand Westphal and David Troyansky
- Memory and History: Cultural Representations of Displacement and Genocide (2004): Symposium Directors: Ingrid Fry and Charles Grair
- (In)versions of the New World: Writing Race, Religion & Sex in Colonial Latin America (2003): Symposium Director: Susan Isabel Stein.
- Transnational Cultures, Diasporas, and Immigrant Identities in France and the Francophone World (2002):Symposium Directors: Hafid Gafaiti and David Troyansky
- Shakespeare 2001: New Readings of the Page, New Meanings for the Stage (2001): Symposium Director: Donald Rude
- Woman in the Eighteenth Century (2000): Symposium Director: Sharon Nell
- Narrative and Consciousness: Literature, Psychology and the Brain (1999): Symposium Directors: Ted E, McVay and Gary Fireman
- Webs of Discourse: the Intertextuality of Science Studies (1998): Symposium Director: Bruce Clarke
- French Feminism Across the Disciplines (1997): Symposium Directors: Hafid Gafaiti, Paul Allen Miller, and Sharon Diane Nell
- A Comparative Approach to Sport (1996)
- Latin American Women Writers: Canons, Traditions, and Revisions (1995)
- Carnivalizing Difference: Bakhtin and the Other (1994)
- The Literature of Emigration and Exile (1990)
- The Body and the Text: Comparative Essays in Literature and Medicine (1989)
- The Spanish Civil War in Literature (1988)
- Literature and Anthropology (1987)
- Film and Literature: A Comparative Approach to Adaptation (1986)
- War and Peace: Perspectives in the Nuclear Age (1985)
- Myths and Realities of Contemporary French Theater (1984)
- Women World Walkers: New Dimensions of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1983)
- Johann Wolfgang von Goethe: One Hundred and Fifty Years of Continuing Vitality (1982)
- Calderon de la Barca at the Tercentenary: Comparative Views (1981)
- The Teller and the Tale: Aspects of the Short Story (1980)
- Shakespeare's Art from a Comparative Perspective (1979)
- Classical Mythology in Twentieth-Century Thought and Literature (1978)
- Ibero-American Letters in a Comparative Perspective (1977)
- Ethnic Literature since 1776: The Many Voices of America, Part One and Part Two (1976)
- Albert Camus' Literary Milieu: Arid Lands (1975)
- Joseph Conrad: Theory and World Fiction (1974)
- William Faulkner: Prevailing Verities and World Literature (1973)
- Modern American Fiction: Insights and Foreign Lights (1972)
- Franz Kafka: His Place in World Literature (1971)
- From Surrealism to the Absurd (1970)
- James Joyce: His Place in World Literature (1969)
- Untitled Symposium (1968)
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For more information about the Comparative Literature emphasis, contact Dr. Yuan Shu or by calling the Department of English at 806.742.2500.
For general information about graduate study in English at Texas Tech University, please contact the Director of Graduate Studies by email or at 806.742.2500 ext. 248.
- Dr. Shu has been awarded the "Fulbright Core Scholar Award to teach & research at the National University of Singapore (2017-2018).
- Dr. Shu was awarded a Harvard-Yenching Travel Grant (2017).
- Dr. Shu was awarded Texas Tech University's Integrated Scholar (2017).
- Dr. Clarke has co-edited The Cambridge Companion to Literature and the Posthuman (2017).
- Dr. Clarke's article "Planetary Immunity: Biopolitics, Gaia Theory, the Holobiont, and the Systems Counterculture" is published in General Ecology: The New Ecological Paradigm (2017).
- Dr. Clarke's article "Rethinking Gaia: Stengers, Latour, Margulis" is published in Theory, Culture, and Society (2017).
- Dr. McNamara's article "Developing a Fine Balance: A Critique of Secularization in Rohinton Mistry's Family Matters" is published in South Asia: Journal of South Asian Studies (2017).