Department News

Professor Dudley Andrew holding his new publication, a collection of Andre Bazin's essays
December 1, 2015
Dudley Andrew, the biographer and chief advocate of André Bazin, has recently organized, translated, and introduced the famous film theorist’s copious startling articles on the new media of the 1950s: television, CinemaScope, and 3-D. Far more a cultural critic than anyone knew, and in the mode of his contemporary Roland Barthes, Bazin wrote cunningly about the technological, economic, sociological, and aesthetic concerns of these challenges to the regime of standard cinema. Along the way...
October 26, 2015
Ayesha Ramachandran, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of Graduate Studies, in October published her book The Worldmakers with University of Chicago Press. The interdisciplinary study investigates the transformation of the concept of “the world” in a variety of 16th and 17th century thinkers in fields ranging from cartography to poetry to natural philosophy. Through the lens of the self-conscious shaping of the concept “the world,” Ramachandran explores the early modern...
October 1, 2015
Carol Jacobs, Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Professor of Germanic Language and Literature, in October published her new book Sebald’s Vision with Columbia University Press. The book, one of the first in English to consider comprehensively W.G. Sebald’s work, traces the concept of “vision” through Sebald’s novels, major essays, and interviews. Through considering Sebald’s unique intertextuality, Jacobs explores the relationship between Sebald’s moral claim about the...
building of the American Academy in Berlin viewed from outside a gate
September 15, 2015
Robyn Creswell, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, was awarded a Berlin Prize from the American Academy in Berlin. The prize, awarded annually to 15-21 American academics and artists across the humanistic disciplines, provides for a semester-long fellowship at the Academy, located in the Wannsee neighborhood of Berlin, where Creswell will spend the spring semester of 2016 with his family. While in Berlin, Creswell intends to work on an intellectual history of the Middle East, told...

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