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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

Book cover for Spain and the Making of Modern Morroccan Culture
New Book by Prof. Eric Calderwood

Through state-backed Catholicism, monolingualism, militarism, and dictatorship, Spain’s fascists earned their reputation for intolerance....

The Voice of Technology Book Cover
New Book by Prof. Lilya Kaganovskt

As cinema industries around the globe adjusted to the introduction of synch-sound technology, the Soviet...

Prof. Rushing receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards

Prof. Robert Rushing has received both the campus-level Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the...

Article about Prof. Hilger's New Book

An article, "Bridging the gap between medicine and literature" about Stephanie Hilger’s new book...

Upcoming Events

Learning Publics Salon

Apr 02, 2018
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
The Bread Company (706 S. Goodwin Ave. Urbana)

Jews for Jihad? Jewish Citizens in an Islamic Empire

Apr 09, 2018
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, Foreign Languages Building 1080

Reading: Ocean Vuong

Apr 26, 2018
7:30 pm
Third floor lecture hall, Levis Faculty Center (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)

From Dissertation to Book: Navigating the Revision Process

Apr 03, 2018
11:00 am to 12:00 pm
314 Main Library. Take the north stairwell (Armory and Wright Street entrance) to the 3rd floor of the Main Library and make a left at the top of the stairs.

Humanities and Public Life Symposium

Apr 11, 2018
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
iHotel and Conference Center (1900 S 1st St)

Inside Scoop: Ocean Vuong

Apr 27, 2018
12:00 pm
Room 1020, Asian American Studies Building (1208 W Nevada)

The Past as a Foreign Country: Sephardi Jews and the Spanish Past

Apr 04, 2018
12:00 pm
English 109