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.
Professor Kenneth Calhoon spoke on “Chaos and the Order of Things,” and Ph.D. candidate Michelle Crowson spoke on “Hold Tight, Maidens: Translating the Chaotic Other in Akiko Akazome’s Otome no mikkoku.“
Professor Steven T. Brown’s essay “Ambient Horror: From Sonic Palimpsests to Haptic Sonority in the Cinema of Kurosawa Kiyoshi” has appeared in a special issue of the journal Horror Studies.(http://horrorstudiesjournal.com/vol7.html).
Professor Brown is teaching a seminar on “The Sounds of Horror” winter term 2017.
Bess Myers is the recipient of the Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship for 2016-2017, which is awarded by the College of Arts and Sciences. Bess, whose focus is rhetoric, is working on a dissertation tentatively titled “Mourning in America: Public Eulogy After 9/11,” which concerns the primary functions of eulogy—pedagogical, deliberative, and unifying—with respect to speeches given by recent and current American presidents (George W. Bush, Barak Obama).