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  • Director of the Program in Comparative and World Literature
  • Professor

Cinema, literature and popular culture of the 20th- and 21st-century; contemporary Italian fiction; Italian film and North American television; critical and interpretive theory, especially psychoanalysis; popular culture; comparative literary studies; genre.

Professor Brett Ashley Kaplan
  • Director of Graduate Studies
  • Professor

Holocaust Representation (literature, contemporary art), Jewish American Literature; Philip Roth

John Levi Barnard
  • Associate Professor
  • Director of Undergraduate Studies

American Studies / Environmental Humanities

  • Associate Professor
  • Conrad Humanities Scholar, 2018-2023

North African Literature and Film, Modern Spanish Literature and Film, al-Andalus (Medieval Muslim Iberia), Modern Arabic Literature, Mediterranean Studies, Postcolonial Studies, Travel Writing

  • Associate Professor

Twentieth-century Polish literature; exile and emigration as discourse and as practice; modernism /postmodernism / avant-garde; cultural studies, especially issues of hybridity and transnationalism in narrative; diasporic and minority cultures.

Rachel Harris
  • Associate Professor

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, WhoresWomen in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 2018-2020.

Wail S. Hassan
  • Professor
  • University Scholar, 2016-2019

Modern Arabic, Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone literatures; literary and cultural theory; narrative theory; gender, postcolonial, translation, and transnational studies.

Stephanie Hilger
  • Professor
  • Head, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

18th-century British, French and German literature, comparative literature, feminist studies, literary theory.

Lilya Kaganovsky
  • Professor
  • Richard and Margaret Romano Professorial Scholar, 2019-2022

Soviet literature and film; film and critical theory; gender & women's studies; sound studies; nineteenth century novel; modernism and the avant-garde.

Prof. Rini Mehta
  • Associate Professor

Postcolonial Theory and Criticism, Nationalism and Religion, Globalization, Indian Cinema

Harriet Murav
  • Professor
  • Bastian Professor of Global and Transnational Studies

Russian culture, film, women's studies, theater, and 19th century literature; also Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies.

Robert Tierney
  • Professor
  • Head, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Modern Japanese literature, film and popular culture, colonial and post-colonial studies, gender and sexuality, the practice and theory of translation, nationalism & transnational culture.

Emeritus Faculty

Nancy Blake
  • Professor

19th- and 20th-Century European and American literature, painting and film; Modernism and Post-Modernism, Interdisciplinary research, Psychoanalytic theory, Women's studies, Translation.

  • Gutgsell Professor of German

Medieval Latin poetry, vernacular and Latin cultures, history of emotions.

Jean-Philippe Mathy
  • Professor
  • Director, School of Literatures, Cultures, & Linguistics

Interdisciplinary approaches to literature; French and American cultural relations; Modern European intellectual history; Critical Theory; French literature and civilization.

Michael Palencia-Roth
  • Professor
  • Trowbridge Scholar in Literary Studies

Interdisciplinary approaches to literature; Modern Latin American literature; European and Latin American literary relations; the Faustian tradition; theory and practice of comparative civilizational analysis; comparative colonizations; the discovery of America; Freud, Jung, and the history of psychoanalysis; phenomenology and hermeneutics; Indian English literature