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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, Indigenous, Race, and Ethnic Studies, Journalism and Communication, and Music.

The Department of Comparative Literature is committed to fostering and maintaining an inclusive welcoming climate.

Nov. 15-16 – Symposium on Race, Racialization and the Early Modern – Emerging views

COLT invites you to join guests David Sterling Brown (SUNY Binghamton), Nick Jones (Bucknell U), Christina Lee (Princeton) and Marc Schacter (Durham, U.K.) and respondents Lara Bovilsky (ENG), Leah Middlebrook (COLT), Amanda Powell (RL) and David Wacks (RL) as we consider new research and emerging methodologies by which to approach the concepts of racialization, race, and emergent discourses of national, ethnic and religious identity in the early modern period. In particular, these discussions build from the insight that modern ideas about race were shaped in part by discourses of religious


Prof. Calhoon gives talk at Johns Hopkins

On October 15th Ken Calhoon delivered an invited lecture at Johns Hopkins titled “Weimar Cinema and the Romantic Modern.” He will be giving a version of the same talk, titled “Expressionist Cinema and the Romantic Modern,” at the UO on October 30th, 3:30 p.m., 101 Chapman.

Daria Smirnova presents paper on Brodsky

On November 23 Daria Smirnova presented her paper “Absolute No One, A Man in a Raincoat: Joseph Brodsky’s Exile Persona” at the panel “Emigration as Vocation: Non-Nostalgic Diaspora Writing” of the 51st Annual Convention of the Association for Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Studies in San Francisco. Work by scholars from Russia, the UK, and America were presented at the panel that revolved around the definitions of nostalgia by the prominent Slavist Svetlana Boym.