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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. Calderwood selected as Conrad Humanities Scholar

Eric...

Prof. Rini Mehta awarded NCSA Fellowship

Professor Rini Bhattacharya Mehta has been awarded a fellowship by the National Center for...

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 Kaganovsky

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

Upcoming Events

KAM Exhibition | Between the Buildings: Art from Chicago, 1930s-1980s

Aug 30, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Kids@Krannert

Oct 06, 2018
10:00 am to 12:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Tango at KAM

Nov 17, 2018
12:00 pm to 3:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive

KAM Exhibition | Blue and White Ceramics: An Enduring Global Obsession

Aug 30, 2018
9:00 am
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Q & A with Author, Ruby Namdar

Oct 08, 2018
5:00 pm
Lucy Ellis Lounge, FLB 1080

Visual AIDS’ Day With(out) Art: ALTERNATE ENDINGS, ACTIVIST RISINGS

Nov 30, 2018 to Dec 01, 2018
9:00 am to 5:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive, Champaign

Opening Night: KAM Fest

Aug 30, 2018
7:00 pm to 8:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum, 500 East Peabody Drive