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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 Prof. Calderwood in Cordopolis

The Spanish newspaper Cordopolis published a long interview with Prof. Eric Calderwood about the...

Faculty receive Public Voices Fellowship

New program at Illinois helps professors amplify their ideas to a wider audience.

Matthias Stephan
New Book from Alumni Matthias Stephan

Defining Literary Postmodernism for the Twenty-First Century, by Complit alumni Matthias Stephan '15,  has been published by...

Prof. Mehta elected for 2019-20 Public Voices Fellowship


Please join me once more in congratulating Prof. Mehta on her newest...

Upcoming Events

HGMS Student Performance: grandma's medicine, iraganeko zuloa

Sep 23, 2019
6:30 pm to 8:30 pm
210 Levis Faculty Center, 919 W. Illinois. St., Urbana

grandma's medicine, iraganeko zuloa

Sep 23, 2019
7:00 pm
210 Levis Faculty Center

Psychoanalysis | Modern Critical Theory Lecture Series

Sep 24, 2019
5:15 pm to 6:45 pm
Lincoln Hall 1090

Public Opening Night Reception

Sep 26, 2019
6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.

IPRH at PYGMALION: Michelle Zauner

Sep 26, 2019
7:30 pm
Krannert Center for Performing Arts, Stage 5 (500 S Goodwin Ave, Urbana)