Department News

June 4, 2021
The 2020/21 Academic Year was challenging. We did not have Spring Break, we missed being close to each other, and had to meet in little boxes on Zoom. But in spite of it all, our students continued to show up for classes even while dispersed in time zones across the world, still read and engaged and thought and wrote. Their passion for literary study energized faculty who chafed behind computer screens. It is therefore with especial delight that we want to celebrate our graduating seniors and...
May 13, 2021
Congratulations to Professor Martin Hägglund on being appointed Birgit Baldwin Professor of Comparative Literature and Humanities, see the story here.
April 14, 2021
The Soros Foundation announced the new Paul & Daisy Soros Fellows for 2021-2022.  Congratulations to our very own Nikolas Oktaba for being honored with this distinction! See his bio here.
April 9, 2021
On April 8, 2021 the Board of Trustees of the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation approved the awarding for Guggenheim Fellowships to a diverse group of 184 artists, writers, scholars, and scientists. (See the full list here.) These exceptional candidates were chosen through a rigorous peer-review process from almost 3,000 applicants. Created in 1925 by Senator Simon and Olga Guggenheim in memory of their son John Simon Guggenheim, the Foundation has offered fellowships to exceptional...
March 15, 2021
Martin Hägglund responds to the debates about his book This Life in Los Angeles Review of Books. Read the essay here:
February 25, 2021
Please join us in congratulating Lital Abazon, who has been awarded ACLA’s A. Owen Aldridge Prize for Best Essay by a Graduate Student in Comparative Literature for 2021. Lital receives this prestigious award for her essay “’A Nonpeaceful Coexistence’: The Plight of 1960’s Bilingual Literary Journals in Morocco and Israel,” which will be published in Comparative Literature Studies.
January 21, 2021
Please join in for the launch of a special issue of MLN: Comparative Literature (2021) in Celebration of David Quint. Featuring fourteen essays from David’s former students, the issue brings together exciting new work in Classics, Comparative Literature, and English and models future directions in the study of early modern literature. Join us for a presentation of the volume, toasts, fond memories—and even some virtual games! Thursday, 28 January 2021 5pm EST Please contact the department for...