• Sawyer Seminar Dissertation Fellowship Announcement

    Sawyer Seminar Dissertation Year Fellowships

    Two Dissertation Year Fellowships are available for the academic year 2018-2019 in connection with a year-long Sawyer Seminar on Literature & Culture and Linguistic Anthropology that is funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Each Fellow will receive a salary of $28,000 (plus California resident tuition and associated fees, but not including nonresident supplemental tuition), and may not hold any other appointment during the period of the Sawyer Seminar fellowship. The Seminar aims to investigate the relevance of concepts, tools, and interpretive practices of linguistic anthropology to scholars in the humanities today. Areas to be covered in the seminar include translation/transduction, sound, and the formation of publics, as well as the cultural practices of religion, sexuality, and politics. (more…)

  • Welcome Rita!

    We welcome Rita Lindahl-Lynch as our new graduate student adviser; her official starting date is February 20th.   (more…)

  • Sawyer Seminar

    Linguistic Anthropology and Literary and Cultural Studies:
    A Mellon Foundation Sawyer Seminar, 2018-2019

    Michael Lucey, Departments of Comparative Literature and French
    Tom McEnaney, Departments of Comparative Literature and Spanish & Portuguese
    Andrew Garrett, Department of Linguistics

    This seminar aims to explore the potential of a set of concepts, tools, and critical practices developed in the field of linguistic anthropology for work being done in the fields of literary and cultural criticism. (more…)

  • Joe Duggan Memorial

    The Comparative Literature department held a gathering to celebrate the life and career of Joe Duggan on November 8th, 2017. More info about the event and how you can donate to the Joe Duggan Memorial Bench are below:


  • 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…)