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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

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...

Conrad Scholars
New Conrad Humanities Scholars Selected

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Exploring the complexities of Indian cinema

Movie fans and scholars alike will soon be able to visualize an entangled network...

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

LIS & Critical Theory Reading Group

Dec 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
iSchool 341

LIS & Critical Theory Reading Group

Dec 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
iSchool 341

LIS & Critical Theory Reading Group

Dec 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
iSchool 341

LIS & Critical Theory Reading Group

Dec 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
iSchool 341

LIS & Critical Theory Reading Group

Dec 13, 2018
4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
iSchool 341

Tango at KAM

Dec 15, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive

Tango at KAM

Dec 15, 2018
7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive