Welcome to the Graduate Center for Literary Research

The Graduate Center for Literary Research (GCLR) aims to enrich and enhance the experience of students and faculty involved in literary studies by promoting interdisciplinary dialogue and encounters at various levels. The Center is directed by Dominique Jullien (Professor of French and Comparative Literature) with an advisory board consisting of both faculty members and graduate students from different humanities departments.

Our activities include quarterly roundtables, where students present their work in progress, an annual interdisciplinary conference, and annual week-long visits by distinguished scholars who give a public lecture, teach a seminar, and establish connections with our doctoral students.

We also award travel grants to students giving papers at literary conferences and recruitment fellowships for doctoral candidates pursuing interdisciplinary approaches to literature.

GCLR Events


  • Scriptworlds Conference

The Scriptworlds Conference will take place Friday, May 31 - Saturday, June 1.

  1. May 31, 2019 to June 1, 2019


  • IWL

Learn more about the Institute for World Literature and consider applying for the July 2019 session in Harvard. Email Dominique Jullien by January 7th.

  • recruitment fellowships

GCLR would like to congratulate and welcome to our campus community the new recruitment fellows: Trinankur Banerjee, Shanna Killeen, and Mariam Lmaifi!

  • Souleymane Bachir Diagne

The Graduate Center for Literary Research is thrilled to announce the 2018-2019 Distinguished Visiting Professor.

The GCLR is proud to announce that five UCSB graduate students have been chosen to represent UCSB at the Harvard Institute for World Literature's summer program in Tokyo this year.

Faculty Bookshelf Highlights

The Neighborhood of Gods

The Neighborhood of Gods: The Sacred and the Visible at the Margins of Mumbai

William Elison

This book offers a creative intervention in debates on postcolonial citizenship, urban geography, and visuality in the religions of India.

Borges, Buddhism and World Literature

Borges, Buddhism and World Literature: A Morphology of Renunciation Tales

Dominique Jullien

This book follows the renunciation story in Borges and beyond, arguing for its centrality as a Borgesian compositional trope and as a Borgesian prism for reading a global constellation of texts.

Edwidge Danticat

Edwidge Danticat: The Haitian Diasporic Imaginary

Nadège T. Clitandre

This book argues that Danticat—moving between novels, short stories, and essays—articulates a diasporic consciousness that acts as a form of social, political, and cultural transformation at the local and global level.

Interested in joining the group?

If you have questions or would like to become involved, please email Dominique Jullien, the Director of the GCLR


GCLR Co-Sponsorships

As well as bringing a distinguished visiting professor with broad interdisciplinary appeal every year, the GCLR also frequently co-sponsors literary lectures, readings, and conferences on the UCSB campus. Some of these are included in our event and announcement archives. Please contact us if you are interested in co-sponsoring an event.