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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.

Nomad Speaker Event

The Winter Nomad Speaker Event will be held on Tues. February 21 at 5:30 p.m. in 111 Lillis. Dr. Katy Brundan will speak on “The Tower of Babel and the Forbidden Pleasures of Linguistic Entanglement” spoke on “Chaos and the Order of Things,” and Ph.D. candidate Anna Baumeister will speak on “Creative Chaos: Herder’s Poetological Plants.”

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” has appeared in a special issue of the journal Horror Studies.(

Professor Brown is teaching a seminar on “The Sounds of Horror” winter term 2017.

Bess Myers receives the Norman Brown Graduate Fellowship

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).