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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. Calderwood selected as Conrad Humanities Scholar


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...

Upcoming Events

Ned O'Gorman (Illinois), "Memory at the End of History"

Oct 01, 2018
12:00 pm
English Building, Room 109

Yu-Chen Wang and CompostQ Ensemble

Nov 02, 2018
7:30 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Artist Talk: Kennedy Browne

Oct 04, 2018
5:30 pm to 7:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Elli Stern (Yale) Lecture

Nov 05, 2018
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 1080

Opening Reception: Kennedy Browne

Oct 04, 2018
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign


Nov 08, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
KAM Espresso Royale Café

KAM Fall Luncheon and Lecture

Oct 05, 2018
12:00 pm
Champaign Country Club 1211 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61820