British Comparative Literature Association

United Kingdom
Contact: (Secretary)

The British Comparative Literature Association (BCLA), founded in 1975, aims to promote the scholarly study of literature without confinement to national and linguistic boundaries, and in relation to other disciplines. The BCLA's primary interests are in literature, the contexts of literature and the interaction between literatures. Through its regular publications, its conferences and other activities the Association:

-    encourages research along comparative, intercultural and interdisciplinary lines, as well as in the fields of general literary studies and literary theory
-    fosters the exchange and renewal of critical ideas and concepts
-    keeps its members informed about national and international developments in the study of literature
-    provides a forum for personal and institutional academic contacts, both within Britain and with Associations and individuals in other countries.

President: Dame Gillian Beer, Cambridge
Secretary: Mrs. Penelope Brown, Manchester

Any general inquiries regarding the BCLA should be addressed to Penny Brown, BCLA Secretary, Department of French Studies, University of Manchester, Oxford Road, GB-Manchester M13 9PL, UK

For membership inquiries, conference, and other activities of the BCLA please visit the website at


The BCLA’s journal is Comparative Critical Studies, edited by Professor Robert Weninger of King’s College London and published by Edinburgh University Press in three issues yearly. The journal is concerned with comparative literary and critical studies internationally and in the U.K., from whatever standpoint. It will:

-    feature Special Issues on current topics;
-    publish selected papers from the international
-    and workshop conferences of the British
-    Comparative Literature Association;
-    cover new developments in the field through reviews and bibliographies;
-    publish the winners of the annual John Dryden Competition, sponsored by the British Comparative Literature Association and the British Centre for Literary Translation.