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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

Prof. Rini Mehta awarded NCSA Fellowship

Professor Rini Bhattacharya Mehta has been awarded a fellowship by the National Center for...

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 Kaganovsky

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

Prof. Rushing receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards

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

Upcoming Events

Capturing Illinois Landscapes with Larry Kanfer

Aug 02, 2018
3:30 pm
Japan House, 2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Photo Chat and Workshop with Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

Jul 12, 2018
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Photo Chat and Workshop with Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

Jul 12, 2018
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Capturing Illinois Landscapes with Larry Kanfer

Aug 02, 2018
3:30 pm
Japan House, 2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Photo Chat and Workshop with Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

Jul 12, 2018
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum

Capturing Illinois Landscapes with Larry Kanfer

Aug 02, 2018
3:30 pm
Japan House, 2000 South Lincoln Avenue, Urbana

Photo Chat and Workshop with Phillip Kalantzis-Cope

Jul 12, 2018
3:30 pm to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum