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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 George Gasyna

Prof. Gasyna discusses the Polish author and "angry young man" Marek Hlasko, for "Encounters with Polish Literature," a series sponsored by Poland's Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

Poland Today
George Gasyna, Conrad Scholar

Prof. Gasyna has been named one of six Conrad Humanities Scholars in the College of LAS

Harriet Murav, CAS professor

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

Upcoming Events

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: "Colonial Policy, Social Trust, and Economic Resilience: The Long-Term Impacts of Imperial Russian Settlement in Southern Kazakhstan"

Nov 30, 2021
12:00 pm

HRI Work-In: Odyssey Projects in the Midwest

Nov 30, 2021
7:30 pm

2021 Visual AIDS: Days With(out) Art

Dec 01, 2021 to Dec 04, 2021
10:00 am
Krannert Art Museum, 500 E Peabody Dr., Lower Level, Auditorium (KAM 62)

LLS Movie Series - "Spy Kids"

Dec 01, 2021
7:00 pm
100 Gregory Hall

Medieval Studies Alumni Lecture Series: Catherine Keane

Dec 02, 2021
5:00 pm to 6:30 pm
Zoom and 319 Gregory Hall