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Vamping up Newspapers: students mix period newspapers with Dracula to write articles in COLT 231, Literature, Media, and Society

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Associate Professor Jenifer Presto has been invited to speak at both Northwestern University and Illinois University at Chicago. The title of her lecture is "Uncanny Excavations: Khodasevich, Pompeii, and Remains of the Past."

Professor Kenneth Calhoon has published "Of Non-vital Interest: Art, Mimicry, and the Phenomenon of Life," in Konturen. View article.

Professor Warren Ginsberg's new book, Tellers, Tales, and Translation in Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press.


Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew

Professor Jeffrey S. Librett has published Orientalism and the Figure of the Jew with Fordham University Press.

Ibrahim Muhawi, who holds a Courtesy Professorship in Comparative Literature at Oregon, and who, along with numerous other achievements, has translated Mahmūd Darwīsh's, Journal of an Ordinary Grief, is the recent recipient of one of eight Arts and Letters Awards in Literature from THE AMERICAN ACADEMY OF ARTS AND LETTERS.


Rachel Eccleston has been awarded an Oregon Humanities Center Graduate Research Support Fellowship for 2015-16. She will be using the Fellowship to travel to Spain this summer to work in archives doing research for her dissertation chapter on Luisa de Carvajal y Mendoza, a proto-feminist Spanish Catholic writer and activist who lived in London during the early seventeenth century.

Comparative Literature graduate students Michelle Crowson and Ying Xiong, along with Stephen Murnion, will be presenting "Theory & Practice: Intersections of Research and Creativity in the Work of Scholar-Artists" at the 6th Annual Graduate Research Forum on Friday, February 20 at 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. in the Ford Alumni Center.

Andrea Gilroy has published "The Epistemology of the Phone Booth: The Superheroic Identity and Queer Theory in Batwoman: Elegy" in ImageTexT.



What can one do with a Major in Comparative Literature?

If this question has been on your mind, check out these profiles of former majors. The range and quality of their career-tracks will surprise and impress you.


Anjali ArondekarTelling Tales: Sexuality's Fictions

Anjali Arondekar

Tuesday, March 3, 4:00 p.m.
Knight Library Browsing Room, Main UO Campus

Anjali Arondekar is Associate Professor of Feminist Studies at the University of California, Santa Cruz. Her first book For the Record: On Sexuality and the Colonial Archive in India (Duke University Press, 2009) won the 2010 Alan Bray Memorial Book Award for best book in lesbian, gay, or queer studies in literature and cultural studies from the GL/Q Caucus of the Modern Language Association. She is currently writing her second book, Lyrical Summonings: Sexuality, Historiography, South Asia.

DQ2 at 400

A series of public lectures and seminars in celebration of the 400th Anniversary of the publication of Don Quijote, vol. 2 [1615]

David Castillo

Monday, January 26, 3:00 p.m.
115 Lawrence Hall

Roland Greene

Monday, February 16, 4:00 p.m.
Browsing Room, Knight Library

Barbara Fuchs

Monday, February 23, 4:00 p.m.
Browsing Room, Knight Library


Comparative Literature Journal

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



Art's UndoingProfessor 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.

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