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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

Book cover for Spain and the Making of Modern Morroccan Culture
New Book by Prof. Eric Calderwood

Through state-backed Catholicism, monolingualism, militarism, and dictatorship, Spain’s fascists earned their reputation for intolerance....

The Voice of Technology Book Cover
New Book by Prof. Lilya Kaganovskt

As cinema industries around the globe adjusted to the introduction of synch-sound technology, the Soviet...

Prof. Rushing receives Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching awards

Prof. Robert Rushing has received both the campus-level Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Award and the...

Article about Prof. Hilger's New Book

An article, "Bridging the gap between medicine and literature" about Stephanie Hilger’s new book...

Upcoming Events

Stephan Hochleithner - A Question of Access: Nature Conservation, Displacement, and Social Transformation at the Virunga National Park, DRC

Apr 20, 2018
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
2049 Natural History Building

IPRH Prizes for Research Ceremony and Reception

May 03, 2018
12:00 am
IPRH Lecture Hall, Levis Faculty Center, Fourth Floor (919 West Illinois Street, Urbana, IL)

Artist Talk: Coco Fusco “The Poetics of Discord”

Apr 20, 2018
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum Lower Level, Auditorium 500 E Peabody Dr, Champaign, IL 61820

Spring Luncheon and Lecture

May 04, 2018
12:00 pm
Champaign Country Club 1211 S Prospect Ave, Champaign, IL 61820

KAM Exhibition | 2018 School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Apr 21, 2018 to Apr 28, 2018
9:00 am
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery and East Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820

KAM Exhibition | 2018 School of Art + Design Bachelor of Fine Arts Exhibition

May 05, 2018 to May 12, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery and East Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820

Opening Night Reception | School of Art + Design Master of Fine Arts Exhibition

Apr 21, 2018
5:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum Main Level, Rosann Gelvin Noel Gallery and East Gallery 500 E. Peabody Dr. Champaign, IL 61820