• Welcome New Faculty Member Tom McEnaney

    The department is very pleased to welcome back Tom McEnaney who joins us from Cornell University as an advanced Assistant Professor; he earned his doctoral degree with UC Berkeley Comparative Literature in 2011. His research interests include the history of media and technology, Argentine, Cuban, and U.S. literature, sound studies, linguistic anthropology, computational (digital) humanities and new media studies. His new book, Acoustic Properties: Radio, Narrative, and the New Neighborhood of the Americas (FlashPoints at Northwestern University Press, 2017) investigates the co-evolution of radio and the novel in Argentina, Cuba, and the United States. Professor McEnaney will also be teaching in the Spanish and Portuguese Department.

  • Congratulations Barbara!

    Congratulations to Barbara Spackman on her new book, Accidental Orientalists: Modern Italian Travelers in Ottoman Lands, which tells the story of 19th and early 20th-century Italians who travelled and lived in Anatolia (Turkey) and Egypt.

  • Comp Lit Undergrad Research Symposium

    Featuring CL alumna Madeline Zimring and Professor Frank Bezner; filmed/produced by CL undergrad Alessia Belsito-Riera.

    Theme:  “Un/Bounded”

  • Tim Hampton teaches “Shakespeare and the World” this Fall

    2013 Distinguished Teaching Award recipient and new Townsend Center Director Tim Hampton will teach “Shakespeare and the World” this fall; his Cal Day presentation on “Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize” last April was well received by a packed house!  The CL20 class meets MWF 10-11 in 160 Kroeber Hall along with a 1 hour discussion section.  The course can meet either the Arts & Literature or Historical breadth.

  • Judith Butler on “The Human Condition”

    Comparative Literature professor Judith Butler gives a lecture in Barcelona in 2016.

  • What is Free Indirect Discourse Now?

    by Dora Zhang

    Comparative Literature Professor Dora Zhang gives us a brief overview excerpted from her presentation at the November 29 symposium on the subject.

    The origins of free indirect discourse are disputed. Cases in classical and medieval literature have been proposed but they are usually subject to debate. The history of the style, however, seems to gain greater clarity as it goes on. (more…)

  • Eribon Event

    “A line of thinking we could really use to hear right now”

    Featured resource: Michael Lucey’s translation of Eribon’s memoir, Returning To Reims

    Three prominent French intellectuals and writers recently visited the Department of Comparative Literature, along with the French Department and the Program in Critical Theory. (more…)

  • Barbara Spackman Receives Distinguished Teaching Award

    Listen here to the words spoken by Dean Anthony Cascardi upon presenting the award, along with a few words from Barbara… (more…)