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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

Prof. Harriet Murav appointed Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies

Please join me in congratulating Professor Harriet Murav on her new appointment as the...

Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky appointed Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar

Professor Lilya Kaganovsky has been appointed as a Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar...

Prof. Hilger
Profs. Hilger and Murison awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System"

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Prof. Mehta awarded $150,000 from Presidential Initiative to Celebrate the Impact of the Arts and Humanities

Prof. Rini Mehta has been awarded $150,000.00 in support of her project, “Global Film...

Upcoming Events

William Hart-Davidson | “Creativity is Not Zero Sum, or How Future Perfect Thinking Might Make a More Humane Academy”

Apr 23, 2019
11:00 am to 12:15 pm
Levis Faculty Center, Room 422

REEEC Noontime Scholars Lecture: Alexander Markovic, "Performing Power: Romani Music and Affective Labor in Postsocialist Vranje, Serbia"

Apr 23, 2019
12:00 pm
101 International Studies Building (910 S. Fifth St., Champaign, IL 61820)

Hell Holes Or Saviors: Transnational Visions of Southeast Asian Trans Surgery

Apr 23, 2019
6:00 pm
Asian American Cultural Center (1210 W. Nevada St., Urbana)

Human Rights Advocacy in West Africa: Is there a better way of advocating human rights issues?

Apr 24, 2019
12:00 pm
101 ISB; 910 S. Fifth St.; Champaign

Inside Scoop with Poet Claudia Rankine

Apr 24, 2019
12:00 pm
Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center (1212 W. Nevada St., Urbana)