English and Comparative Literature

Branka Arsic sitting at her desk with a stack of books and lit lamp

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Branka Arsić had an “aha” moment after reading the works of 19th-century American writers such as Henry David Thoreau and Emily Dickinson. She started looking at the literary criticism on them and realized that she didn’t agree with much of it.
Sarah Cole in a black dress standing on campus with Butler Library in the background

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Sarah Cole, the newest dean of humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is leading a report with ways to improve equity for women and underrepresented minorities among the faculty.
Add these Columbia faculty books to the end of your summer.

James Baldwin, the eminent novelist, essayist and social critic would have turned 90 this year.

James Shapiro is among the best known Shakespeare scholars in the world. His award-winning books include Shakespeare and the Jews (1995), A Year in the Life of William Shakespeare: 1599 (2005) and Contested Will: Who Wrote Shakespeare? (2010). His latest book is a departure of sorts.

When Farah Griffin asked her mother what she remembered about World War II, her response was, “All the handsome soldiers who drove the buses in Philadelphia.” Griffin, the William B. Ransford Professor of English, Comparative Literature and African American Studies, was perplexed.