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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

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...

Prof. Rini Mehta named NCSA Faculty Fellow for 2019-20


Prof. Hassan, President of ACLA, 2019-2020


Upcoming Events

Drawing on Nature | Patterns and Forms

Jul 25, 2019
3:00 pm to 4:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum |500 E Peabody Dr.

Undergraduate Research & the Humanities: Challenges and Possibilities

Aug 23, 2019
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Levis Faculty Center (919 W. Illinois St., Urbana)

Distinguished Alumni Lecture

Sep 12, 2019
5:30 pm
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.

Public Opening Night Reception

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

Women's Reunion & Symposium: Illinois School of Architecture

Sep 27, 2019
9:00 am
Krannert Art Museum | 500 E Peabody Dr.