Department News

December 22, 2016
Moira Weigel, graduate student in Comparative Literature and Film and Media, was named to the Harvard Society of Fellows in December. Weigel’s fellowship with the Harvard Society of Fellows will allow her to revise her dissertation into a book and begin a third book project as well as writing essays and occasional criticism.   Her dissertation, entitled Animating Modernism: Cinema, Animals, and the Prehistories of Posthumanism, explores modernism’s twin fascinations with nonhuman animals and ...
December 22, 2016
Moira Weigel, graduate student in Comparative Literature and Film and Media, published her book Labor of Love: The Invention of Dating in May.   Labor of Love, published by Farrar, Strauss, and Giroux, investigates the shape-shifting institution of dating. A genre-bender, LOL crosses social history with memoir and anecdote and theories of gender and sexuality with Moira’s favorite form of theorizing– jokes– in order to explore how dating co-evolved with other forms of labor...
December 22, 2016
The Department of Comparative Literature is seeking papers for its upcoming Graduate Conference on March 31st and April 1st, 2017. The Keynote Speaker is University of Waterloo Professor Howard Chiang, and the topic of the conference is ‘Currencies.’ The deadline for submitting abstracts is January 15, 2017. Please see the flyer for more details.
December 12, 2016
Ayesha Ramachandran, assistant professor of comparative literature, is the recipient of the prestigious Scaglione Prize, awarded by the Modern Language Association of America for an outstanding scholarly work that involves at least two literatures. Professor Ramachandran wins the prize for her first book, The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in Early Modern Europe (University of Chicago Press, 2015). The committee’s citation for Ramachandran’s book reads:   In The Worldmakers: Global Imagining in...
November 10, 2016
The Comparative Literature Department invites you to: IDENTITY POLITICS AND HUMAN RIGHTS: PERSPECTIVES ON THE ARGENTINE GENDER IDENTITY LAW with Blas Radi and Moira Perez, University of Buenos Aires, Argentina Wednesday, November 30, 5-7 pm Reception to follow The Comparative Literature Library, Old Campus, Bingham Hall, 8th Floor Co-sponsored by the WGSS Program, the MacMillan Center, and the Kempf Fund
November 7, 2016
The Comparative Literature Department is pleased to present a public lecture by Daniel Tiffany, Professor of Comparative Literature and English at the University of Southern California. The talk, entitled “In the Poisonous Candy Factory: Kitsch and Poetic Diction,” will take place at 4pm on Monday, November 7th in the Comparative Literature Department Library, Bingham Hall, 8th floor. Reception to follow. Tiffany is the author of five books of literary criticism, and five collections of poetry...