Department News

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...
November 6, 2016
The American Comparative Literature Association recently selected Eugenia Kelbert, PhD 2015, as a co-winner of the 2016 Charles Bernheimer Prize. The Bernheimer Prize honors the best dissertation nominated in the field of comparative literature. Katie Trumpener, one of the readers for the dissertation, nominated Kelbert’s dissertation entitled Acquiring a Second Language Literature: Patterns in Translingual Writing from Modernism to the Moderns. Her advisers were Haun Saussy and Vladimir...
October 26, 2016
Ayesha Ramachandran, assistant professor of comparative literature, was recently honored with two awards: a New Directions fellowship from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and a Director’s Award from the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center. She will use these award to conduct linguistic training and research into the Persianate courts of the 16th and 17th centuries, investigating cross-cultural communication between European and Ottoman, Safavid, and Mughal cultures. For more information, see...