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

News and Events

Natalie Melas lecture

Please join us on Friday, October 31st from 2-4pm in the Comparative Literature Library (4337 Dwinelle Hall):

Melas Lecture 2014 final

Scholastique Mukasonga

Friday, September 19th, 5pm
Library of French Thought (4229 Dwinelle)


Presented by the Department of French

Congratulations, Francine!

Francine Masiello‘s new book, El cuerpo de la voz (poesía, ética y cultura) [Buenos Aires and Rosario: Beatriz Viterbo, 2013], will be awarded “First Prize for a Book in the Humanities” at the upcoming Latin American Studies Association in Chicago on May 21-14.

Congratulations, Caitlin!!

Graduate student Caitlin Scholl has been selected for the U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship (CLS) Program to study Arabic in Morocco during the summer of 2014.

Caitlin is among the approximately 550 U.S. undergraduate and graduate students selected for the U.S. Department of State’s CLS Program in 2014 to study Arabic, Azerbaijani, Bangla, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Indonesian, Japanese, Persian, Punjabi, Russian, Turkish, or Urdu languages.  The websites of the CLS Program and Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs provide further information about exchange programs offered by the U.S. Department of State.


Congratulations, Sarah!

Undergraduate Sarah Samir Mohamed was selected as a finalist for this year’s prestigious University Medal, awarded to the most distinguished graduating senior on the UC Berkeley campus.

Sarah is a double-major in Comparative Literature and Political Science, and was recently awarded the Cha fellowship, in honor of Korean-American artist Thesesa Hak-Kyung Cha (1951-1982), who received her B.A. in Comparative Literature in 1973. The fellowship is awarded each year to graduating seniors in Comparative Literature, Art Practice and Ethnic Studies, whose achievements exemplify the spirit of Cha‘s life. Read more about Sarah in the UC Berkeley News Center.


Anne-Lise François, Professor in Comparative Literature and English, has recently been awarded the Leverhulme fellowship. During the Spring 2015 term, she will be in residence in Exeter (UK).

And graduate student Jordan Greenwald is a recipient of this year’s Teaching Effectiveness Award, sponsored by the Graduate Council’s Advisory Committee for GSI Affairs and the GSI Teaching and Resource Center. Jordan and the other recipients will be honored during a ceremony on May 14th with the Dean of the Graduate Division.

Tamburri Events

“Viewing BIG NIGHT as Easy as One, Two, Three: A Triadic notion of Italian/American Identity,” a lecture by Anthony Tamburri, Dean, John D. Calandra Italian American Institute, Queens College, CUNY

Thursday, May 1st, 5-7pm
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

“Re-reading Italian Americana,” a conversation with Anthony Tamburri and Laura Ruberto, moderated by Francine Masiello

Friday, May 2nd, 12-2pm
Comparative Literature Library, 4337 Dwinelle Hall

Co-sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature, Department of Italian Studies, and the Sidney & Margaret Ancker Chair in Spanish & Comparative Literature

Tamburri Lecture final

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.

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.