• Kristin Ann Dickinson wins 2017 Bernheimer Award

    2015 Comparative Literature graduate alumna Kristin Ann Dickinson (and Assistant Professor of German at University of Michigan) has won the 2017 Charles Bernheimer award from the American Comparative Literature Association for her dissertation entitled “Translation and the Experience of Modernity: A History of German Turkish Connectivity.”   (more…)

  • Commencement 2017

    Recipients of the Departmental Citation and the Theresa Cha Award respectively Yana Zlochistaya and Madeline Zimring enjoy the post-commencement reception on May 15th.

  • The Need for Language Instruction

    Comp Lit alumna Francesca Honey is one of the people interviewed in this Daily Cal article “Language departments on campus deserve reinvestment”, written by CNR student Nina Djukic.

    An excerpt:   (more…)

  • Congratulations Mandy!

    This fall, Comp Lit Grad Madeleine Cohen will begin a position as Preceptor in Yiddish at Harvard University in the department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations. She will also continue as editor of In geveb: A Journal of Yiddish Studies. Madeleine received her PhD in Comparative Literature with a Designated Emphasis in Jewish Studies in December 2016.

  • Comp Lit Cal Day 2017

    Over 100 people came to the Comparative Literature table and to hear Tim Hampton’s discussion on Bob Dylan and the Nobel Prize for Literature; the video of which provided by Comp Lit alum Rachel Park (for those wanting more Professor Hampton, he will be teaching Comp Lit 20 this Fall on “Shakespeare and the World”). (more…)

  • Congratulations Bonnie!

    Bonnie Ruberg earned her doctorate in Comparative Literature in 2015 and is finishing up a post-doc at USC.  She is both about to start her career as an assistant professor  at UC Irvine and has just published and co-translated a volume of stories by Gisèle Prassinos entitled “The Arthritic Grasshopper:  Collected Stories, 1934-1944,”  (more…)

  • UG Research Symposium a Great Success

    With keynote speech by Professor Frank Bezner and undergrad student Madeline Zimring’s strong leadership, the 6th annual Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium was a great success, including many interesting presentations by students from NYU, Oberlin, Stanford, and even University of Oxford. (more…)

  • Comp Lit grad students win Goor Prize

    Congratulations to Comparative Literature graduate students Danny Luzon and Simone Stirner for winning the Anne and Benjamin Goor Prize in Jewish Studies!  Danny’s entry is titled “The Non-Autobiographical “I” in Henry Roth’s Late Autobiographical Fiction”, while Simone’s is “Between Two Strides of a Traveler:  Kafka’s Miniatures and the Temporality of Small Form.”

  • Comp Lit grad students receive writing awards

    Congratulations Irina Popescu and Mary Mussman!  Irina won the Samuel C. Irving Prize for American Wit and Humor and came in 2nd place for the Lili Fabilli and Eric Hoffer Essay prize, while Mary won the Emily Chamberlain Cook Prize. (more…)

  • Meet Carol Mancke, Artist in Residence in new Comp Lit Media/Maker Lab

    Through her art and architecture collaborative practice, machina loci, London and Australia-based artist, architect and educator Carol Mancke works at the intersection of art and cities. A graduate of UC Berkeley’s school of Architecture who practiced architecture for over 20 years, (more…)

  • Comparative Literature Department Letter Regarding the Election

    In anticipation of Donald Trump’s inauguration as U.S. President on January 20, 2017, we, the graduate students of the Department of Comparative Literature at UC Berkeley commit to freedom of thought and expression, both within the classroom and beyond it. As educators, we are deeply troubled at the prospect of a federal administration that openly disdains the notion of a free press and will further endanger the lives and well-being of the most vulnerable inhabitants of this country. Such threats have existed since the United States’ founding; at the same time, the incoming administration promises to enact yet more harmful policies and lend political legitimacy to the violent hatred promoted by the growing white nationalist movement. (more…)

  • Comp Lit undergrad student Ozi Emeziem wins Gilman Scholarship

    Ozi Emeziem is an undergraduate Comparative Literature major focusing on English and French literatures. A first generation Nigerian born and raised in the Bay Area, she grew up in Antioch, CA and was a part of the first graduating class of Dozier-Libbey Medical High School.  English is her primary language, but she grew up around Igbo as well. Winner of the Gilman Fellowship, she tells Comparative Literature chair Miryam Sas about her plans.

  • Fall Undergrad “Meet and Greet”

    The “Meet and Greet” of October 13th was a great success! … (more…)

  • Do Liberal Arts Majors Earn More in the Long Run?

    It is commonly believed, by parents everywhere, that the quickest road to the poor house (that’s what my parents called it) is for their college-age children to major in Russian history, comparative literature, Kantian philosophy, or some other so-called useless field of concentration that has no practical use whatsoever. However, as it turns out,  … (more…)

  • Fun at the Fall 2016 Welcome Reception/Hoedown

    Yeehaw!  A good time was had by y’all with some “hep” from our friends at Smoke and Fieldwork … if you were present and wanna share your snaps, send’em to complituga AT berkeley. edu and we’ll post’em, podner! (more…)

  • Lida Zeitlin Wu Wins Oxford Adaptation Award

    Comparative Literature graduate student Lida Zeitlin Wu has received the 2016 Oxford Adaptation Award for “Transmedia Adaptation, or Kinesthetics of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World“.  Congratulations Lida!

  • Chronicle of Higher Education article

    Irina Popescu (Comparative Literature graduate student) wrote this article titled “The Educational Power of Discomfort”, published in the Chronicle of Higher Education

  • Congratulations Ramsey!

    Comparative Literature PhD Ramsey McGlazer is the co-winner of the 2016 ACLA/Bernheimer Prize, awarded to the best dissertation (nationally) in Comparative Literature.

    His thesis is titled “Old Schools: Modernisms, Pedagogy, and the Critique of Progress”: (more…)

  • Congratulations Katrina!

    Comparative Literature PhD Katrina Dodson has won the 2016 PEN Translation Prize!

    A brief excerpt:  “This is an extraordinary translation of an exceptional author.” (more…)

  • ​UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016

    The UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium 2016 committee is currently accepting proposals for its 5th annual conference.

    The conference will take place on April 2nd, 2016 on the UC Berkeley campus and will serve as a forum for undergraduate students of comparative literature and related fields to present and discuss their own research among peers, graduate students, professors, and the Berkeley community. Attending and presenting at the conference is an excellent way to learn about current trends in literary research and to meet current undergraduates, graduate students, and professors in Comparative Literature, especially if you are considering pursuing further research and study in Comparative Literature at Berkeley.

    In order to be considered, applicants must submit an abstract (200-400 words) detailing their research by March 4, 2016 at midnight Pacific Time.  Please click here to submit your abstract.

    Please find attached to this email information regarding this year’s theme and guidelines for presentations.


    Please e-mail Rachel Park and Lydia Tuan at calcomplit@gmail.com with any queries, concerns, or comments.


    The UC Berkeley Comparative Literature Undergraduate Research Symposium Committee