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No other department at Vienna University...

examines literature from such a broad and multi-faceted perspective. Naturally, there are many different links with nation-specific literary studies, with theatre and music, with art history, journalism and many other fields. Moreover, we are the only department in Austria that offers the subject as a Bachelor degree, i.e. from the beginning of a student’s academic career.

The Department’s remit...

is to examine literary works and their links with other artistic phenomena, in particular music, visual arts and film, on a supra-national level. In particular, we pay attention to the transfer of individual literary works, genres or stylistic movements across linguistic and cultural boundaries, i.e. their dissemination to different publics, their critical reception, translation and recontextualisation by authors working in other languages. Furthermore, we examine the transfer of literary works to other media like theatre, radio, television, film or new media, as well as comparisons between literature and other artistic disciplines. Our research into the relationships and transfers between literatures, or between literature and other arts, is based on reflexive theories (e.g. reception theory, intertextuality, postcolonial studies) and the analysis of the role of institutions involved in transmitting the works (e.g. the publishing industry, traditional and new media).

At the moment our focus is on...

research and teaching on the relationships between the literatures of the English-speaking world, the Romance language areas (including Latin America) and the German-speaking world. Individual courses also deal with links to Slavic language areas and non-European literatures. In fact, our current degree programmes place an increased emphasis on links to non-European literatures and other artistic disciplines. Since the foundation of the department, another aim has been to seek out connections in the fields of literature, publication studies and the social history of literature, which are at the heart of literary transfer across linguistic and national boundaries.

Journals and book series

In addition to research and teaching, members of the department are active in the peer review and especially the publication of academic journals (Internationales Archiv für Sozialgeschichte der deutschen Literatur IASL, Daphnis, Studi Ispanici) and book series:

•    Chloe
•    Editionen in der Kritik (EdK)
•    Geschichte des Buchhandels
•    Internationale Forschungen zur Allgemeinen und Vergleichenden Literaturwisenschaft (IFAVL)
•    Studien und Texte zur Sozialgeschichte der Literatur (STSL)
•    Translatio
•    Wiener Beiträge zur Komparatistik und Romanistik

Department of Comparative Literature
University of Vienna

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