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Online Indexes

See specific subject pages for the best listing of indexes.

Print Indexes

Bibliography of Comparative Literature. Fernand Baldensperger and Werner P. Friederich. Chapel Hill, Univ. of North Carolina Press, 1950.
NRLF  PN 871 .A12 .B3
International but with a decided emphasis on Western scholarship. The 1960 reprint, not held by UCB, has a revision of the Scandinavian section.

Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature. v. 1, 1952-
Main Stack PN 853 .Y4
Volumes 1-19 contain an Annual Bibliography meant to supplement Baldensperger.

Index Translationum; World Bibliography of Translation.
Main Stack Z 1007 .I55, published 1932-1992.  The last published volume covers 1986.
Now onlineonly:
Covers translations registered after 1978. Taken together, the print and online constitute a list of books translated in the world, an international bibliography of translations.

La littérature comparée. Louis Paul Betz. Essai bibliographique. Introduction par Joseph Texte. 2.ed. augm. Strasbourg, K.J. Trubner, 1904.
NRLF  PN 871 .A12 .B4 1904
Bibliography of books and periodicals on comparative literature from medieval times through the 19th Century

Year’s Work in Modern Language Studies. London: Modern Humanities Research Association. 1929/30-
Main Stack PB 1 .M62; Most recent 10 v. in Doe Reference
Recent volumes have sections on Latin, Romance, Germanic, and Slavonic literatures. Scholars in the field survey the year’s scholarship on language and literature.  e-version 1930-1994


Benet's Reader's Encyclopedia. Edited by Bruce Murphy. 4th ed. New York: HarperCollinsPublishers, 1996.
Doe Reference PN 41 .B4 1996
Moffitt Reference PN 41 .B4 1996

Cassell's encyclopaedia of world literature. Rev. and enl. New York, Morrow, 1973.
Doe Ref and PN 41 .C3 1973 v.1-3
Main Stack PN 4 1.C3 1973 v.1-3

Dictionnaire international des termes litteraires. Berne: Editions Francke, 1979-
Doe Reference PN 44.5 .D5

Encyclopedia of African literature.  Ed. Simon Gikandi. London; New York: Routledge, 2003.  Doe Reference Hall  PL8010.E63 2003

Encyclopedia of Contemporary Literary Theory: Approaches, Scholars, Terms. Edited by Irene R. Makaryk. Toronto; Buffalo, NY: University of Toronto, 1993.
Doe Reference PN 81 .E5 1993
Main Stack PN 81 .E5 1993

Encyclopedia of German literature.  Matthias Konzett.  Chicago: Fitzroy Dearborn, 2000–

Encyclopedia of Latin American and Caribbean literature, 1900-2003.  Eds. Daniel Balderston and Mike Gonzalez.  London; New York: Routledge, 2004.  Doe Reference Hall  PQ7081.A1.E558 2004

Encyclopedia of modern Greek literature.  Bruce Merry.  Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2004. 

Encyclopedia of World Literature in the 20th Century. 3rd ed. Detroit: St. James Press, 1999.
Doe Reference PN771.E5 1999 v.1-4

The feminist encyclopedia of Italian literature. Ed. Rinaldina Russell. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 1997.   Doe Reference PQ4063.F45 1997 and e-version

The modern encyclopedia of East Slavic, Baltic, and Eurasian literatures. Ed. Harry B. Weber, George J. Gutsche, and P. Rollberg.  Gulf Breeze, Fla.: Academic International Press, 1977–1996.


See the subject pages for specific literatures for the best listing of dictionaries.

The Columbia Dictionary of Modern Literary and Cultural Criticism.  Ed. by Joseph Childers and Gary Hentzi. New York: Columbia University Press, 1995.
Doe Reference BH 39 .C62 1995   e-version available through Literature Online

Dictionnaire des genres et notions litteraires. 2e ed., Nouv. ed. augm. Paris: Encyclopaedia universalis : Albin Michel, 2001.
Main Stack PN 41 .D484 2001

Dictionary of literary themes and motifs.  Ed. Jean-Charles Seigneuret et al.  2 vols.  New York: Greenwood Press, 1988.
Doe Reference PN 4 3.D481 1988

Dictionary of Modern Critical Terms. Edited by Roger Fowler. Rev. and enl. ed. London; New York: Routledge & K. Paul, 1987.
Main Stack PN 41 .D47941 1987

Dictionary of Scandinavian literature. Ed. Virpi Zuck et al.   New York: Greenwood Press, 1990.  Doe Ref and NRLF  PT7063.D5 1990

Dizionario Bompiani delle opere e dei personaggi di tutti i tempi e di tutte le letterature. Nuova ed. economica.  12 vols.  Milano : Bompiani, 1983-1984.
Doe Reference PN 41 .D5 1983

Grundbegriffe der Literaturwissenschaft. Edited by Heike Gfrereis. Stuttgart: J.B. Metzler, 1999.
Main Stack PN 44.5.G78 1999

Kindlers neues Literatur Lexikon.  Herausgegeben von Walter Jens. Munchen: Kindler, 1996.
Main PN 44 .K55 1996; Library has BOUND 1-22
Also available on CD-ROM at Doe Reference Desk

A Multicultural Dictionary of Literary Terms. Gary Carey and Mary Ellen Snodgrass. Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland & Co., 1999.
Doe Reference Hall PN 41.C28 1999

Oxford Reference Online: Bilingual Dictionaries 

The York Companion to Themes and Motifs of World Literature: Mythology, History, and Folklore. Saad Elkhadem. Fredericton, N.B.: York Press, 1981.
Main Stack PN 43 .E4 1981


Comparative Literature: A Critical Introduction. Susan Bassnett. Oxford, UK; Cambridge, Mass.: Blackwell, 1993.
Main Stack PN 865 .B37 1993
Moffitt PN 86 5.B37 1993

Comparative Literature: Theory, Method, Application. Steven Totosy de Zepetnek. Amsterdam Atlanta, GA: Rodopi, 1998.
Main Stack PN 865 .T67 1998

Comparative Literature and Literary Theory: Survey and Introduction. Ulrich Weisstein. Translated by William Riggan. Bloomington: Indiana UP, 1973.
Main Stack PN 874 .W4 1973

Comparative Reader: A Handlist of Basic Reading in Comparative Literature.  John T. Kirby.  New Haven: Chancery Press, 1998.  Main PN871.A12.C66 1998

Convergences critiques: introduction a la lecture du litteraire. Christiane Chaulet-Achour. Ben Aknoun, Alger: Office des Publications Universitaires, 1995.
Main Stack PN 867.A24 1995

Die Schlusselliteratur. Georg Schneider, 1876-1960. Stuttgart, Hiersemann, 1951-53.
Main Stack Z 1026 .S35

Ensayo de un diccionario de la literatura. Federico Carlos Sainz de Robles. 2. ed., corr. y aumentada con mas de 1,000 articulos. Madrid, Aguilar, 1953-56.
Main Stack PN 41 .S3 1953
UC Berkeley does not own the 3rd edition, 1964-67, which also comprises 3 volumes.

Interrelations of Literature. Edited by Jean-Pierre Barricelli and Joseph Gibaldi. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1982.
Main Stack PN 45.8 .I56 1982
Moffitt PN 45.8 .I56 1982

Introduction a la litterature comparee: du commentaire a la dissertation. Daniele Chauvin and Yves Chevrel. Paris : Dunod, 1996.
Main Stack PN 865 .C43 1996

Motive der Weltliteratur: e. Lexikon dichtungsgeschichtl Langsschnitte. Elisabeth Frenzel. 1. Aufl.
Stuttgart : Kroner, 1976.
Main Stack PN 43 .F7
Main does not have the 2nd ed. of 1980.

Themes & Motifs in Western Literature: A Handbook. Horst S. Daemmrich. Tubingen: Francke, 1987.
Main Stack PN 43.D341 1987

Biographical Information

American Writers; A Collection of Literary Biographies. New York, Scribner, 1974.
Doe Reference PS 129 .A551 Biographies

British Writers. New York: Scribner, c1979-c1984. v.1-8; retrospective suppl. 1 2002
Doe Reference PR 85 .B688 Biographies

Contemporary Authors.
Doe Reference CT 214 .A12 .C59 Biographies
Online: Literary Resource Center (UC only)

Cyclopedia of World Authors. Edited by Frank N. Magill. 4th rev. ed.  5 vols. Pasadena, CA: Salem Press, 2004..
Doe Reference PN 451 .M36 2004
Moffitt Reference PN 451 .M36 2004

Dictionary of Literary Biography.
Doe Reference PS 129 .D5
Also included in the online Literary Research Center (for UC users)

Dizionario Bompiani degli autori di tutti i tempi e di tutte le letterature.  6 vols.  Milano: Bompiani, 2006.
Main Stack PN 41 .D498 2006

European writers.  14 vols. New York: Scribner, 1983-c1991.
Main  PN 501 .E9 1983

Larousse Dictionary of Writers. Editor Rosemary Goring. Edinburgh; New York, N.Y.: Larousse, 1994.
NRLF PN 451.L37 1994

Magill’s Survey of World Literature.  6 vols.  Pasadena: Salem Press, 2009.  Doe Reference Hall  PN 523.M29 2009

Multicultural Writers from Antiquity to 1945: A Bio-bibliographical Sourcebook. Edited by Alba Amoia and Bettina L. Knapp. Westport, Conn.: Greenwood Press, 2002.
Doe Reference PN 452 .M85 2002


American Comparative Literature Association
Founded in 1960, the ACLA is the “principal learned society in the United States for scholars whose work involved several literatures and cultures as well as the premises of cross-cultural literary study itself.”

Associação Brasileira de Literatura Comparada  A ABRALIC    Site with news, calls for papers and information about conferences. 

British Comparative Literature Association    Founded in 1975, the organization promotes scholarship on all literatures and in relationship with other disciplines.  The site has news of conferences and other events, calls for papers, links, and PDFs of the journal New Comparison, published 1986-2003.

Canadian Comparative Literature Association/Association Canadienne de Littérature Comparée   News, calls for papers, conferences.

Center for Translation Studies

International Comparative Literature Association - Association Internationale de Littérature Comparée.    News, recent issues of the ICLA Bulletin and of Recherche Littéraire/Literary Research.

Postcolonial Studies Association

Réseau européen d'études littéraires comparées/European Network for Comparative Literary Studies.  List of members, news, Eurolit Forum for the exchange of ideas, activities and e-texts, some of which have abstracts and some full-text

Slovensko društvo za primerjalno književnost/Slovenian Comparative Liataerature Asociation  News. conferences, links

Sociedad Española de Literatura General y Comparada  Links to publications, conferences, journals and other programs.

Société Française de Littérature Générale et Comparée  Members, conference, a bibliography of the work of French comparatists available in languages other than French, links.

Southern Comparative Literature Association  Information about the SCLA, its journal The Comparatist  and a few links.

Selected Journals

This list of journals of potential interest to those in comparative literature is by no means complete.  Please send suggestions for further inclusions.  The Modern Language Association Directory of Periodicals (UCB subscription) and the Directory of Open Access Journals are additional places to look.

452ºF is an online full-text journal of literary theory and comparative literature, published by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona starting in 2009. The journal aims to bring together established academics and postgraduate students to promote the interdisciplinary study of literary theory.

Across Languages and Cultures: A Multidisciplinary Journal for Translation and Interpreting Studies   (Akadémiai Kiadó, Budapest)  2000-

ALIF: Journal of Comparative Poetics. 1981-   Refereed annual with articles in several languages. Available to subscribers of JSTOR, which does not include the most recent three issues.

arcadia International Journal of Literary Culture/Internationale Zeitschrift für literarische Kultur.  1966-  Furnishes a "forum for internationally comparative studies that deal with literatures and liberal arts from all parts of the world.  Current theories associated with these literatures and liberal arts are discussed."

Banipal: Magazine of Modern Arab Literature  Banipal was founded in 1998 and publishes contemporary authors and poets from the Arab world in English translation.  The journal is by subscription, but selections are freely available on the website.

Bryn Mawr Review of Comparative Literature  Freely available online journal of reviews of new books in the field.

Canadian Modern Language Review / La Revue canadienne des langues vivantes    Subscription based (available through Project Muse) with emphasis on teaching strategies.

CLCWeb is "an e-journal whose primary focus is the publication of work in the study of literature and culture where literature is understood as an artistic expression in an international/global and/or cross-disciplinary context."    Peer reviewed open access journal published by Purdue University Press. 

Colloguium Helveticum: Cahiers suisses de littérature générale et comparée.  1985-   Main Stack   PN851.C56   Tables of contents available for all issues.

Compar(a)ison: An International Journal of Comparative Literature     The journal's aim is to "promote the theory of comparative literature and the development of new directions in comparative studies." 

The Comparatist.  1977-      The annual sponsored by the Southern Comparative Literature Association.  Available online to subscribers of Project Muse beginning with vol. 29, May 2005.

Comparative Critical Studies  2004-   Published for the British Comparative Literature Association by Edinburgh University Press

Comparative Literature; the Official Journal of the American Comparative Literature Association.  1949-       Subscription journal available through Duke University Press

Comparative Literature Studies  1963 (special advance issue), v. 1, 1964-     Published by Pennsylvania State University Press, this journal is available online to Project Muse subscribers.  

Dedalus: Revista Portuguesa de Literatre Comparada is sponsored by the Associação de Literatura Comparada (APLC).   1991-    Main PN851.D43, v. 3/4, 1992-

Extravío: revista electrónica de literatura comparada  2006-     Annual published at the University of València.

Hikaku Bungaku: Journal of Comparative Literature is published in Japanese with summaries in English, German or French.

Florida Atlantic Comparative Studies Journal   Open access (e-version freely available) since 2007, and inexpensive subscriptions are available for those who prefer print

Forum for Modern Language Studies  1965-     Main Stack   PB1.F63   Subscription journal publishing by Oxford University Press for the Court of the University of St. Andrews.  Covers all aspects of literary and linguistics studies from the Middle Ages to the present.  

Intertexts: a Journal of Comparative Literature and Theoretical Reflection  1997-   Main Stack   PN851.I58    Available to subscribers of Project Muse beginning with vol. 13, 2009.

Jadavpur Journal of Comparative Literature.  1961-     Main Stack   PN851.J2 (many in NRLF)  Includes book reviews.

Journal of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics is published by the Vishvannath Kaviraja Institute of Comparative Literature and Aesthetics (Orissa, India) 

Journal of Literary Theory   Some content available free at the journal’s online site 

Komparatistik Jahrbuch der Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft.  Publication of the Deutschen Gesellschaft für Allgemeine und Vergleichende Literaturwissenschaft (DGAVL).  Tables of contents available at journal website.  

Literary Research / Recherche littéraire.  1983-   Published by the International Comparative Literature Association.  .  

 MLN: Modern Language Notes  is published by Johns Hopkins University Press.  Available through subscription and to subscribers of Project Muse.

Modern Language Journal  is published by Wiley for the National Federation of Modern Language Teachers Associations and publishes research and discussions about learning and teaching foreign and second languages.   Available also through JSTOR except for the last 3 years.  Online index from 1916-present at

Modern Language Quarterly; a Journal of Literary History.   Published by the Duke University Press for the University of Washington

Modern Language Review is the journal of the Modern Humanities Research Association.  

Mosaic, a Journal for the Interdisciplinary Study of Literature 1967-        University of Manitoba

Neohelicon; Acta Comparationis Littrarum Universarum.  1973-    Main Stack PN851.N46   Published by Springer in cooperation with Akadémiai Kiadó 

New Readings  Open access peer-reviewed journal covering European literature, cultural history, film and visual culture published by the Cardiff School of European Studies. 

Orbis Litterarum: International Review of Literary Studies 1943-     Main Stack PN1.O7   Published by Wiley for the University of Southern Denmark.  Some content is freely available.

Other Voices: The E-Journal of Cultural Criticism.  1997-      Freely available online, OV is published at the University of Pennsylvania and "publishes provocative essays, interviews, roundtable discussions, lecture transcriptions, audio lectures, multimedia projects, translations and reviews in the arts and humanities."

Revue de littérature comparée began publication in 1921.  E-versions of issues published 1931-1999 are available to subscribers of Periodicals Archive Online.  E-versions of issues published 2004-two years ago are available through Literature Online

Ri.L.Un.E: Rivista delle Letterature dell'Unione Europea / Revue des Littératures de l’Union Européenne (Bologna) is a peer-reviewed open access journal with the aim of aiding the formation of a “European cultural conscience through the exchange of knowledge, the promotion and study of European literature.”

Rivista Italiana di Letteratura Comparata.  1990-          Annual with articles on comparative literature and book reviews.

Rivista di Letterature Moderne e Comparate.   1946-      Main Stack  PN5.R5   Articles on modern and comparative literature and book reviews.

Safundi: the Journal of South African and American Studies. 1999-    

Semicerchio: Rivista di poesia comparata (University of Florence) 1985-    “Semicerchio focuses on poetry from the antiquity to the present with special attention to the international scenario and intercultural relationships, and to thematic criticism and the literature of migrants.”   Includes many book reviews.

Studies in the Humanities.   1969-     UC Davis has the entire run of the journal in Shields Library, AS36.I5 S78.   “Publishes studies in literature, film, drama, theory and cultural studies. The journal encourages works which are multidisciplinary and cross-cultural.”  Includes book reviews.

symplokē: theoretical, cultural, and literary scholarship (University of Nebraska Press)  Availlable to Project Muse subscribers 

Symposium: A Quarterly Journal in Modern Literatures  is a journal of criticism “in modern literatures originating in languages other than English.” 

Tamkang Review: A Quarterly of Comparative Studies between Chinese and Foreign Literatures.  1970-Main Stack  PL2250.T3   The journal publishes “comparative studies of Chinese literature in relation to other classical and modern literatures. It also publishes studies of Chinese Literature from a critical point of view that places the subject within the context of world literature and studies dealing with theoretical aspects of East-West comparative literature.”   Includes book reviews.

World Literature Today: A Literary Qurterly of the University of Oklahoma1927-  Some e-articles available through subscription services. 

Yearbook of Comparative & General Literature.   1952-   Main Stack  PN853.Y4  Publishes “theoretically informed research in literary studies with a comparative, intercultural, or interdisciplinary emphasis.”   Includes book reviews.

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