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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. Hassan, President of ACLA, 2019-2020


Prof. Harriet Murav appointed Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies
Prof. Lilya Kaganovsky appointed Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar
Prof. Stephanie Hilger awarded $100,000 for "The Art of Medicine: A Public Square on Health and Medicine for the Illinois System"