David Damrosch, PhD

Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
David Damrosch is Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard. A past president of the American Comparative Literature Association, he is the founder and director of Harvard's Institute for World Literature. His books include, What Is World Literature? (2003), The Buried Book: The Loss and Rediscovery of the Great Epic of Gilgamesh (2007), and How to Read World Literature (2009, 2017). He is the general editor of the six-volume Longman Anthology of World Literature (2004, 2009), co-editor of The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature (2009), and editor of World Literature in Theory (2014).


  • PhD Yale University