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Comparative & World Literature

Founded in 1967, the Program in Comparative and World Literature at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign has been at the forefront of interdisciplinary teaching and research in the humanities, offering courses that work across different national languages and literary traditions, as well as those that combine the study of literature with other disciplines, including film and visual culture, science and medicine, economics and law.  Our program was one of the first to offer and emphasize non-Western and cross-cultural perspectives, and World Literature – from Asia and Africa, to Europe and the Americas – is an area where we continue to excel today.

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Recent News

New Book by Prof. Rachel Harris: Warriors, Witches, Whores: Women in Israeli Cinema
A Symposium Celebrating the 50th Anniversary of Comparative & World Literature at Illinois
Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky receives the Provost's Campus Distinguished Promotion Award
Congratuations to our new full professors: Lilya Kaganovsky, Robert A. Rushing, and Robert Tierney
Robert A. Rushing’s book, Descended from Hercules: Biopolitics and the Muscled Male Body On Screen, won the Film and Media Studies book prize at AAIS