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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.

Recent News

Interview with Prof. Calderwood in Cordopolis

The Spanish newspaper Cordopolis published a long interview with Prof. Eric Calderwood about the...

Faculty receive Public Voices Fellowship

New program at Illinois helps professors amplify their ideas to a wider audience.

Matthias Stephan
New Book from Alumni Matthias Stephan

Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century, by Complit alumni Matthias Stephan '15,  has been published by...

Prof. Mehta elected for 2019-20 Public Voices Fellowship


Please join me once more in congratulating Prof. Mehta on her newest...

Upcoming Events

Film Screening & Discussion: "Liberation Heroes: The Last Eyewitnesses "

Jan 27, 2020
7:00 pm
Illini Hillel, 503 E. John St, Champaign

Liliya Gazizova: Poetry Reading and Q&A

Jan 28, 2020
4:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, 1080 Foreign Languages Building (707 S. Mathews Ave., Urbana, IL 61801)

Black Women in the French Diasporic Press: Amina Magazine in the 1980s and 90s

Jan 29, 2020
12:00 pm
Room 101 ISB; 910 S. Fifth St., Champaign

Information Session: Environmental Humanities Undergraduate Research Symposium

Jan 29, 2020
5:00 pm
Room 259, English Building (608 S Wright St, Urbana)

NEH Fellowships and Grants: Information Session for Faculty

Jan 30, 2020
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
400 Swanlund Administration Building