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The home of the premier journal in the field, and the first program on the West Coast to offer the Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, our department provides a point of convergence for the most exciting lines of inquiry within the Humanities and beyond. Our mission is that of giving shape and shelter to a conversation whose participants are drawn not only from the various departments of language and literature (English, Romance, East Asian, Classics, Russian, German and Scandinavian) but also from Philosophy, History, Art History, Cinema Studies, Anthropology, Ethnic Studies, Journalism and Communication, and Music.


2016 Nomad Release Party

Tuesday, October 11, 5:30 p.m.

Upstairs in the Duck Store

Please join us for the release of the latest edition of nomad, the department’s journal of undergraduate writing.

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Ambient Horror: From Sonic Palimpsests to Haptic Sonority in the Cinema of Kurosawa Kiyoshi

Professor Steven T. Brown’s essay “Ambient Horror: From Sonic Palimpsests to Haptic Sonority in the Cinema of Kurosawa Kiyoshi” is soon to appear in a special issue of the journal Horror Studies (


Michelle Crowson researches and catalogs the Gertrude Bass Warner Collection of Japanese Votive Slips

Michelle Crowson has been researching and cataloging a collection of Japanese votive slips that are housed in the University of Oregon’s Knight Library Special Collections. The first volume of this collection has recently gone live: Michelle provided the descriptions and translations for this first volume of slips, and she is currently collaborating with a fellow graduate student in East Asian Languages & Literatures on the next. The collection is currently featured in the Oregon Quarterly: