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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.

Michelle Crowson wins prestigious translation award

Congratulations to COLT Ph.D. student Michelle Crowson, who has been awarded the 2019 Kyoko Selden Memorial Translation Prize in Japanese Literature, Thought, and Society. The award recognizes Crowson’s expert translation of Akiko Akazome’s The Maiden’s Betrayal (Otome no mikkoku). The novel received the Akutagawa Award when it was published in Japan in 2010. Crowson received grants from the Oregon Center for Translation Studies and the Bread Loaf Katharine Bakeless Nason Scholarship as she worked on her translation.

More information regarding the Selden Prize and Michelle Crowson’s