Kathleen L. Komar

Kathleen L. Komar is Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Los Angeles. She served as President of the American Comparative Literature Association from 2005 to 2007. She won UCLA’s Distinguished Teaching Award and has served as Chair of Comparative Literature, Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, and Chair of the Academic Senate at UCLA. She earned her PhD and Masters Degrees at Princeton University and her BA from the University of Chicago. Komar has published on a variety of topics from Romanticism to the present in American and German literature; she has written on the works of Hermann Broch, Rainer Maria Rilke, Alfred Döblin, Christa Wolf and Ingeborg Bachmann, among others. Her books include Reclaiming Klytemnestra: Revenge or Reconciliation (2003), Transcending Angels: Rainer Maria Rilke’s “Duino Elegies” (1987), Pattern and Chaos: Multilinear Novels by Dos Passos, Faulkner, Döblin, and Koeppen (1983), and the collection Lyrical Symbols and Narrative Transformations (1998, co-edited with Ross Shideler). Her current research examines the crises of belief in meaning and order among early twentieth-century European and American authors. A second research interest ventures into the developing area of electronic literature and hypertexts.