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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

Cripping TJ: Survivors as Organizers, Vicarious Trauma and Disability Justice in Transformative Justice

Nov 19, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:30 pm
Knight Auditorium, Spurlock Museum

Ecocriticism| Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

Nov 19, 2019
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Lincoln Hall 1090

Metropolization and Its Territorial Consequences in Brazil

Nov 20, 2019
12:00 pm to 1:00 pm
426 Mumford Hall

Talk: Political Moses: John J. Bird, the University, and African-American Politics in Illinois 1865–1900

Nov 21, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana

Political Moses: John J. Bird, the University, and African-American Politics in Illinois 1865– 1900

Nov 21, 2019
4:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Spurlock Museum, 600 S Gregory St, Urbana