About us

Transverse is a double-blind reviewed journal with an interdisciplinary focus, published both online and in print by graduate students from the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Our mission is to provide a space in which to showcase critical works, creative writing, and visual art that do not easily fit into more traditional publications. We publish works in both English and French, and we welcome original translations from other languages. Additionally, Transverse is dedicated to fostering a dialogue between academics at every stage of academic research, especially between students at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and faculty. Our priority is to promote critical discussion and intellectual inquiry that is inspired by comparative and interdisciplinary approaches to literature and art.

Transverse est un journal interdisciplinaire avec comité de lecture publié à la fois en ligne et en format papier, par les étudiants de deuxième et troisième cycles du Centre de littérature comparée de l’Université de Toronto. Notre mission est d’offrir un espace de publication pour les travaux critiques, la création littéraire et l’art visuel qui ne cadrent pas toujours dans des lieux de publication plus traditionnels. Nous publions en français et en anglais, et nous invitons les traductions originales de textes en langues étrangères. Transverse souhaite en outre favoriser le dialogue entre les différents groupes de la communauté académique, particulièrement entre les étudiants de premier cycle et ceux de cycles supérieurs, et les professeurs. Notre priorité est de promouvoir la discussion critique et la recherche intellectuelle qui abordent la littérature et l’art par des approches comparatives et interdisciplinaires.


Élise Couture-Grondin


Elise completed a Master degree in Hispanic Studies at the Université de Montréal where she worked on women’s writing as a response to dicatorial violence in Argentina. She is now a PhD candidate at the Centre for Comparative Literature at the University of Toronto. Her research project explores literary production by Indigenous women in relation to colonial contemporary violence in Quebec, Canada, and Latin America. She works on an antiracist feminist approach to literature and on the links between literature, social transformations, and subjective engagements.


PhotoMarketaMarketa R. Holtebrinck

Co-Editor-in-Chief, Layout

Marketa Holtebrinck is a PhD candidate at the Centre for Comparative Literature at UofT. She is writing about effects of collage imagination on space in interwar novels. Beyond that she is interested in memory, photography and space; limits, borders, points of transition, light and Surrealism. She works in German, Czech, Polish and Portuguese, and, at times, struggles with French. She carries around an analog camera and has attraction to people who hand write their diaries in public.

Financial Coordinator

Paula Karger

Chloé Brault MacKinnon


Ben Bandosz

Baharak Beizaei

Sanja Ivanov

Paula Karger

Jeanne Mathieu-Lessard

Simi Pannu

Catherine Schwartz

Penny Siganou

Nina Youkhanna