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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 shaping and extending 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 welcoming climate.

Nomad Speaker Event: Trace

Please join us for another brilliant evening as Nomad speakers Dr. Andréa Gilroy  and Michelle Crowson give their takes on Trace as part of our Nomad Speaker’s Series.

The title of Dr. Gilroy’s talk is,  “The Trace of the Translator: Words and Images in Comics.”

Michelle Crowson will present, “In visible circulation: Haiku Traces in the Literati Art Objects of Kaga no Chiyo.”

Prof. Calhoon presents paper

This October Comparative Literature Professor Kenneth Calhoon attended the annual meeting of the German Studies Association of America in Pittsburgh, where he presented a paper titled “Melancholy and Early Modernity: Freud as Reader of Goethe’s Faust.”

Ahmad Nadalizadeh awarded CAS Dissertation Research Fellowship

Ahmad Nadalizadeh has been awarded the UO College of Arts and Sciences Dissertation Research Fellowship in support of his project, Repetition Beyond Representation: Media, History and Event in Iran, 1951-1990. This project examines the poetry of Mehdi Akhavan-Sales (1929-1990), the novels of Mahmoud Dowlatabadi (b. 1940) and the films of Abbas Kiarostami (1940 – 2016) in the context of three powerful historical events that have shaped modern Iran. Nadalizadeh argues compellingly that the poems, novels and films he presents actively shaped history, politics and culture as much as they