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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

Critical Race Theory | Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

Oct 22, 2019
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Lincoln Hall 1090

Contested Identities and Statelessness: Exploring “Belongingness” in the Case of Immigrants in Kenya and the U.S.

Oct 23, 2019
12:00 pm
Rm. 101 International Studies Bldg, 910 S. Fifth St., C

August Wilson's "Gem of the Ocean"

Oct 24, 2019 to Oct 27, 2019
8:30 am
Cowell Playhouse

Panel Discussion: "Why 1619 Matters"

Oct 24, 2019
12:00 pm to 2:00 pm
Everitt Lab, Room 2310

Torkwase Dyson, 1919: Black Water On Painting, Climate Change, and the History of Environmental Segregation

Oct 24, 2019
5:30 pm to 6:30 pm
Plym Auditorium, Temple Hoyn Buell Hall, 611 E. Lorado Taft Drive