The Department of Comparative Literature at the University of California, Berkeley

News and Events

Francine Masiello Honored

Every year since 1912, the Academic Senate has selected faculty members who are exceptionally distinguished for their scholarly research to serve as the Faculty Research Lecturers. These public events provide a unique opportunity for the campus community to hear from the very people who are transforming knowledge at Berkeley and in our world. Francine 2

Francine Masiello, Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese, will be the featured lecturer on Tuesday, April 8th. In garnering this high honor, she joins former Faculty Research Lecturers from Comparative Literature Thomas G. Rosenmeyer (1990), Robert B. Alter (1998), Judith Butler (2005), and Leslie Kurke (2010).

The event is free and open to the public and takes place from 4 to 5 p.m. at the International House, 2299 Piedmont Avenue.

Congratulations, Shaul!

Shaul Setter, Class of 2012, is the recipient of the 2014 Bernheimer Prize from the American Comparative Literature Association. The Prize goes to the best dissertation nominated by a department or program that is an Institutional Member of the ACLA. Shaul will be honored at the ACLA conference at New York University, March 20-23.

2014 Commencement

Dwinelle Language & Literature Departments Ceremony
Monday, May 19th

2:00-5:00pm, Zellerbach Hall
Reception immediately following in Ishi Court, Dwinelle Hall

Students may register to participate online by May 2nd.   The University-wide Commencement ceremony will be held on Saturday, May 17th. Additional information is posted here.

Honoring Chana Kronfeld

Please join us in a Symposium honoring Chana Kronfeld on Sunday, March 9th:


Françoise Lionnet on campus, March 31st

Françoise Lionnet, instructor of French, Francophone, and comparative literatures at UCLA, will be on campus Monday, March 31st. Her visit is co-sponsored by the Francophone Studies Working Group, the Townsend Center for the Humanities, the French Department, the Comparative Literature Department, the Center for African Studies, the Center for Southeast Asia Studies, and the Center for South Asia Studies. Details of her lunch seminar and evening talk can be found here.

Library Update

The Comp Lit Library is now home to a brand new Teaching Resources Shelf! The library catalogue, which has been updated to include these GSI resources as well as other newly catalogued books, can be found at the following link: Library users should note that while the document provides a record of the library’s holdings, it does not currently support online checkout; please continue to fill out checkout cards in the library for all borrowed material. Books from the Teaching Resources Shelf may be checked out for up to one week at a time. Please contact the Library Committee (Laura, Paco, Howie, Bristin, and Matt) at with any library-related questions.