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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.

The Department of Comparative Literature is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive and welcoming climate. Click here to read the Department’s Diversity Action Plan.

Sangita Gopal talk: “Bourgeois Extreme: Genre and Global Flows”

Sangita Gopal presented a talk entitled “Bourgeois Extreme: Genre and Global Flows” as part of the Comparative Literature Department’s “What Matters To Me” series on Friday, May 11, at 4:00 p.m. in 300 Villard Hall on the main UO Campus.

Leah Middlebrook presented talk “The View From Thebes”

Leah Middlebrook presented a talk titled, “The View From Thebes” as part of the Utah State Tanner Lecture Series. The talk and a related seminar were drawn from her current book-in-progress, Amphion’s Walls: Poetry and Nation in Early and Late Modernity.


Robert Moore awarded fellowships

Doctoral student Rob Moore has accepted a Chateaubriand Fellowship, a grant offered by the Embassy of France in the United States. It supports outstanding Ph.D. students from American universities who wish to conduct research in France for a period ranging from 4 to 9 months. Chateaubriand fellows are selected through a merit-based competition through a collaborative process involving expert evaluators in both countries.

Rob will be funded for the academic year. He’ll be working with Tiphaine Samoyault, Director of the Centre d’Études et de Recherches Comparatistes at the Université