December 3, 2012
An Overview of the American Comparative Literature Association by Bénédicte Mauguière
Founded in 1960, the American Comparative Literature Association is a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting the work and efforts of scholars involved in multiple literatures and cultures, as well as those interested in cross-cultural literary study. Members share a common interest in studying and teaching comparisons between nations, languages, and cultures across the world. Serving a rather small demographic, the Association currently comprises 2,000 members. The organization is also affiliated with other societies, including the American Council of Learned Societies and the International Comparative Literature Association.
The American Comparative Literature Association holds an annual meeting where members can convene and share and critique each other’s papers and research. The conference features small-group meetings where members discuss these papers. It also features workshops, roundtable discussions, and sessions about relevant topics as well as a celebratory banquet. The Association also facilitates networking between scholars and offers travel grants and other resources to help members with their studies.
About the author: Bénédicte Mauguière is currently a Professor of French and Francophone Studies at Colby College. She has been involved in academia for many years and is a member of the American Comparative Literature Association.