Jeffrey Cass, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, is certainly doing his part do keep comparative literature thriving.
He co-edited “Interrogating Orientalism” (The Ohio State UP, 2006), which was released in 2006. Another co-edited collection, “Romantic Border Crossings” (Ashgate, 2008), will be published early in 2008.
In addition to his other duties, Cass will also teach a course on the Romantics in the spring of 2008, which will include work from these two books.
“This collection of essays assesses, from a comparative literature perspective, the claim that comparative literature is a dying discipline, as suggested by theorists like Gayatri Spivak, David Damrosch, and Susan Bassnett,” Cass said. “Far from being moribund, however, the writers in this collection effectively demonstrate that comparative literature, particularly that practiced by Romanticists, is alive and well.”