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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

Professor Lilya Kaganovsky appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar

Professor Lilya Kaganovsky has been appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar...

Prof. Hilger
Prof. Hilger and Prof. Murison awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System"

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Prof. Mehta awarded $150,000 from Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and Humanities

Prof. Rini Mehta has been awarded $150,000.00 in support of her project, “Global Film...

Eric Calderwood receives Honorable Mention for MLA’s William Riley Parker Prize

Prof. Eric Calderwood, of the University of Illinois, Urbana, is receiving honorable mention for...

Upcoming Events

Rana Hogarth | Curious and Eclectic Seminar Series

Feb 19, 2019
12:00 pm
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology: Room 1005

Rana Hogarth | "Of Acids and Anti-blackness: Experimentation in the Eighteenth Century"

Feb 19, 2019
12:00 pm
Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology: Room 1005

U.S. Higher Education and Immigration: African Immigrants, New Paths, New Territory

Feb 20, 2019
12:00 pm
Room 101, ISB, 910 S.Fifth St., Champaign

Fashion, Style, & Aesthetics Reading Group Meeting

Feb 20, 2019
2:00 pm to 3:15 pm
Espresso Royale in the Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive

Elliott Gorn, CHI Bicentennial Lecture

Feb 20, 2019
4:00 pm
Gregory Hall, Room 319