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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

Harriet Murav named CAS professor

Harriet Murav has been appointed as a Professor in the Center for Advanced Study starting Fall 2020, one of our highest honors.

Cultural Myths and Everyday Heroes

A Comparative Literature undergraduate responds to the rhetoric of the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Upcoming Events

URAP Graduate Mentor Application Info Session

Jul 15, 2020
1:00 pm

KAM Exhibition | HIVE

Nov 01, 2020 to Jan 23, 2021
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.

KAM Exhibition | Bea Nettles: Harvest of Memory

Nov 01, 2020 to Nov 28, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.

KAM Exhibition | Pressing Issues: Printmaking as Social Justice in 1930s United States

Nov 01, 2020 to Nov 14, 2020
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum