• Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University (1977)






  • Pattern and Chaos: Multilinear Novels by Dos Passos, Faulkner, Döblin, and Koeppen (1983).
  • Kathleen L. Komar co-edited with Ross Shideler the volume Lyrical Symbols and Narrative Transformations (1998).

Recent Publications

Her recent publications focus on contemporary women authors such as Christa Wolf, Bessie Head, Ingeborg Bachmann, Monique Wittig, and Christa Reinig, as well as male authors such as Rilke, Stevens, Faulkner, James, Brecht, and Broch. Komar has also published articles on the status of feminist studies in the academy and the current status of Comparative Literature as a discipline. She has recently developed an interest in cyberliterature and the effects of the internet on literary study.




  • Feminist Theory
  • Modernism
  • Contemporary Women’s Literature
  • Post-Symbolist Poetry