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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

Tunisia's Political Crisis

Oct 26, 2021
12:00 pm

Info Session: HRI Campus Fellowship - Prospective Graduate Applicants

Oct 26, 2021
4:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center 424

LLS Movie Series - "Blood in Blood Out"

Oct 27, 2021
7:00 pm
100 Gregory Hall

Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program Information Session

Oct 28, 2021
4:00 pm

Reading Diversity: Reflections from the Human Library

Oct 28, 2021
6:30 pm