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Diaries of Exile by Yannis Ritsos, translated from the Greek by Assistant Professor Karen Emmerich and Edmund Keeley, has received the 2014 Pen Award for Poetry in Translation. Read more...

Art's Undoing

Professor Forest Pyle (English, and a member of the comparative literature participating faculty), who will be teaching a graduate seminar in poetics for Comparative Literature in spring of 2015, has published Art's Undoing: In the Wake of a Radical Aestheticism (Fordham University Press)

Professor Kenneth Calhoon has edited and contributed to an issue of Konturen, an e-journal devoted to thresholds of all kinds. This issue, Abstraction and Materiality in the Arts, Literature and Music, stems from a conference by the same title held on the Oregon campus in April of 2011.

Assistant Professor Michael Allan presented "Re-Framing Orientalism: The Afterlife of Cinema in Colonial Algeria" at the L'École de Gouvernance et d'Économie in Rabat, Morocco (August 26th, 2014).

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Michael Allan will be giving a talk entitled "Humanist Violence: Publics and Counter-publics in the World Republic of Letters" at Princeton in mid-September as part of the Acts of Comparison conference.


Emily McGinn has accepted a two-year Mellon post-doctoral fellowship in the Digital Humanities at Lafayette College in Easton, Pennsylvania.

Monica McLellan Zikpi, has an article forthcoming in Chinese Literature: Essays, Articles, Reviews (vol 36). The article is entitled "Revolution and Continuity in Guo Moruo's Representations of Qu Yuan."

Monica has been appointed Visiting Assistant Professor of Chinese at the University of Oregon for academic year 2014-15.

Julia "Susi" Gomez received the College of Arts and Sciences Graduate Scholarship. The funding will enable her to research the work of Leon Ferrari in Argentina.

Iida Pollanen received scholarships from the American-Scandinavian Foundation and the Finlandia Foundation National to support her doctoral studies in 2014-15.

Anna Baumeister presented "The Tragicomedy of Climate Change. Environmentalism and the Question of Genre." Read more...

Rachel Eccleston's Comparative World Literature (COLT 211) course "Living Dead Girls" is featured in the Winter edition of the College of Arts and Science's magazine Cascade.


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Davide Stimilli (University of Colorado at Boulder) will give two lectures, which should be of interest to scholars and students of cinema, literature, and art history:

"The Moment of the Face: Rembrandt, Aby Warburg and Orson Welles"

October 16, 4 p.m., Browsing Room, Knight Library

"The Size of Life: On Franz Kafka and Orson Welles"

October 17, 4 p.m., 115 Lawrence Hall


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Davide Stimilli is associate professor of German and comparative literature at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also held positions in Italian and comparative literary studies at Northwestern University and in comparative literature at the University of Puerto Rico. He has written extensively on Franz Kafka and Aby Warburg. He is author of The Face of Immortality: Physiognomy and Criticism, as well as Fisionomia di Kafka. He has edited a number of collections by and on Warburg and is currently completing a monograph on Kafka and Orson Welles. (Pictured: Orson Welles in The Trial)

"About-Face: Erich Auerbach and the Physiognomy of Character"

Friday, November 21, 4 p.m., 312 Villard Hall

On Friday, November 21st, Kenneth Calhoon will give a work-in-progress lecture titled "About-Face: Erich Auerbach and the Physiognomy of Character."

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The Department of Comparative Literature welcomes four new doctoral students this fall.

Rachel Branson Rachel Branson graduated from Illinois Wesleyan University with a double major in English and International Studies. She plans to focus on 19th century Russian literature and German. Her interests range from Soviet children's literature, fairy tales and socialist realism to theories of mimesis and prosaics, especially in the work of Lev Tolstoy.
Palita Chunsaengchan Palita Chunsaengchan graduated from Faculty of Arts, Chulalongkorn University with a major in French and a minor in Comparative Literature. She works in English, French, and Thai, and focuses on cultural and linguistic aspects of translation. She also has an interest in digital media and the connections between narrative space, subject formation, identity and posthumanism.
Zachary Hicks Zachary Hicks completed a double major in Philosophy and Russian at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. His areas of interest span Russian literature of the 19th and 20th centuries, especially the works of Vladimir Nabokov and Lev Tolstoy, and modern literature in Spanish and English. He hopes to continue his work on the connections between philosophy and literature, as well as literary theory.
Chris Perry Chris Perry joins us from San Francisco State University, where she completed her MA in Comparative Literature and an MS in Clinical Psychology. She focuses on comparative modernisms primarily between Spanish and French, and hopes to continue her studies of trauma, memory and amnesia, as well as representations of individual and social disruptions.


Comparative Literature JournalComparative Literature features Michael Allan as guest editor

Assistant Professor Michael Allan served as guest editor for a special edition of the Comparative Literature journal:

Reading Secularism: Religion, Literature, Aesthetics Volume 65, Number 3, Summer 2013