• Summer 2019 Featured Course – “Boroughs and Barrios” with Karina Palau

    Karina Palau is offering her online course W60AC again this summer, “Boroughs and Barrios:  Moving In & Through New York City and Los Angeles”, which will be session C (June 24-August 16th).   This will meet the American Cultures requirement, and since it is online, it can be taken anywhere in the world!  Below is the course description, while here is an introductory video.  Additionally, Karina has received the “Excellence in Advising Award” for faculty for 2018-19, congratulations Karina!

    The Statue of Liberty with welcome torch always raised. The Hollywood sign against golden California hills. Subways and freeways running like arteries above and below ground, offering to transport us around and across the city. Many iconic images of New York City and Los Angeles construct U.S. urban centers as a space of endless movement and possibility. (more…)

  • Spring 2019 Featured Comp Lit course

    Ramsey McGlazer will be teaching this spring Comparative Literature 20A, “Poetry and Power,” and space is still available!   This course can meet either Arts & Literature or Philosophy & Values breadth requirement.  Beginning of course description is below, see the Sp19 courses on this site or calcentral for more information.

    In his “Defense of Poetry,” Percy Bysshe Shelley argued that “poets are the unacknowledged legislators of the world.” In this course, we’ll take Shelley’s claim as a point of departure and proceed to ask how poets have claimed, criticized, contested, and been co-opted by power.

  • Alumna Spotlight: Yvonne Lin

    Yvonne Lin (Class of 2013) graduated with a double major in Comparative Literature and French and a minor in Chinese. Since graduating, she has worked several jobs, including in client services at an investment firm in Washington and K-12 education in both the Bay Area and China. (more…)

  • Tim Hampton on the importance of an education in the Humanities

    Comparative Literature Professor Tim Hampton, Director of the Townsend Center in the Humanities, writes about why an education in the Humanities is essential in this time of Fake News.

  • Sawyer Seminar Working Group Invitation

    Sawyer Seminar Working Group Invitation

    Dear campus community:
    We would like to invite you to a multi-disciplinary working group in connection with the 2018-2019 UC Berkeley Sawyer Seminar on the topic of linguistic anthropology and literary and cultural study. You can find a longer description of the Seminar here.  The working group will be meeting eight times throughout the year to discuss work from the Seminar’s invited speakers and others. The Sawyer Seminar itself will consist of seven two-day events across the academic year dedicated to a series of interlocking themes: translation / transduction, sound, publics, politics, religion, sexuality, or ethics. In addition to a meeting coinciding with each of these seven sessions, our first meeting will serve as something of an introduction to linguistic anthropology and its potential relations to literary and cultural study. (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…)