Skip to main content

Comparative Literature: Books, Journals, and Digital Text

A resource guide for the study of Comparative Literature.

Search BobCat

Search for books, journals, videos, etc. in our local libraries and special collections.

Search other catalogs

Need to find something we don't have here at Bobst?  Need to research editions of a specific work?  Worldcat to the rescue!  Worldcat allows you to search for material beyond what we have available here at Bobst. 

Search for an item in libraries near you: >>

Recommend a title for purchase

Have you heard about a great book, but found that it is not available at Bobst?  You can now recommend that a copy be purchased for the collection. 

Using Subject Headings


Subject headings are words and phrases which constitute a "controlled vocabulary" to categorize books by subject field.  Subject headings often indicate the contents of books in terms that their titles (or your keywords) do not use, which often may be very general.


Use general subject headings for searching a broad topic or more specific subject headings for a specific text, film, or play. You will find (more) headings specific to the subject category within the left-hand facets in our online catalog, Bobcat.  If you want to see the subject headings for a specific title, click on the "details" link in the title record.  Here are some examples:

Literature, Comparative -- American and Russian                    

                     Literature, Modern -- History and criticism                                              

 Comparative literature -- Argentine and Irish
Literature, Comparative -- American and English 
 Comparative literature -- Spanish and English
You can also use subject headings to locate material on a specific author.  When referring to specific people, subject headings often include birth and death dates.  Here are some examples:
 Gogolʹ, Nikolaĭ Vasilʹevich, 1809-1852 -- Criticism and interpretation 
Nabokov, Vladimir Vladimirovich, 1899-1977 -- Knowledge -- Literature  

Need the full-text fast? Try Literature Online (LION)

Literature Online (LION) isn't just for literary criticism - it also contains full-text editions of major works (and some not so major works as well!). There are a number of ways to search for texts, so here are a few:

  • Using the "Texts" link in the top menu and then the "search" option, search for works using title, author, or keywords.
  • Using the "Texts" link in the top menu and the "browse" option, select "All texts" to browse by literary period. You can also see poems from major anthologies and literary works published in journals.

A selection of new titles