Comparative Literature Studies (CLS) is an academic journal in the field of comparative literature. It publishes critical comparative essays on literature, cultural production, the relationship between aesthetics and political thought, and histories and philosophies of form across the world. Articles may also address the transregional and transhistorical circulation of genres and movements across different languages, time periods, and media. Each issue also includes book reviews of significant monographs and collections of scholarship in comparative literature.
Comparative Literature Studies was first published in 1963 at The University of Maryland at College Park by the founding editors, Alfred Owen Aldridge and Melvin J. Friedman. The first issue, published in 1963, was a special advance issue; it was "devoted entirely to the Proceedings of the First Triennial Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association." The regular issues began to be published the