• 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

  • Judith Butler – one of the 30 Most Innovative Women Professors

    Comparative Literature professor Judith Butler has been identified as one of the 30 Most Innovative Women Professors Alive Today in a recent ranking.


  • Comp Lit major Lydia Tuan featured in Decal article



  • Video for Comp Lit Undergraduate Program

  • Congratulations Lital!

    UC Berkeley Comparative Literature alumna Lital Levy (PhD 2007) has won the Modern Language Association Prize for her book Poetic Trespass:  Writing Between Hebrew and Arabic in Israel/Palestine, published by Princeton University Press.

    Full press release here.

  • Assembly for Solidarity Noon 11/18

    Dear Friends, Colleagues, and Students,

    The Department of French and the French Studies Program at UC Berkeley invite you to join us for a brief assembly to express our solidarity and sympathy for the victims of the recent terrorist violence in Paris, Beirut, and elsewhere. At noon on Wednesday, November 18 we will meet in the French Department Library (4229 Dwinelle Hall) to share some brief readings, thoughts, and friendship.  By free assembly and conversation in a place of learning and intellectual exchange we stand against the dogmatism and violence displayed so terribly in recent days.  Coffee will be served.

    Mairi McLaughlin
    Director, French Studies Program
    UC Berkeley
  • A Portrait of the Artist

    Comparative Literature R1A:03  A Portrait of the Artist

    Paul De Morais (pdemorais@berkeley.edu) Spring 2016

    CCN:  17209

    Office Hours: Fridays 11 AM – 1 PM, 4326 Dwinelle Hall

    “If you ask me what I came to do in this world, I, an artist,
    will answer you: I am here to live out loud.”

    —Émile Zola
    While literature classes often touch on the relationship between the artist and his or her literary work of art, this class will focus especially on how artists reflect upon themselves as artists through their art. What happens when the subject of a literary work becomes the artist him or herself? This course consists of an exploration of this primary question, which will lead us to interrogate several other more specific aspects about the relationship between the artist and his or her art. How do artists conceive of their relationship to the
    societies in which they live and create? How do artists perceive the role of art in society, and how has that understanding influenced the form of their own art?  How does the gender or sexuality of the artist affect the production and reception of his or her art? How
    is an artist affected by fame once they achieve the status of celebrity? What kinds of tensions arise as an artist strives to be committed to sociopolitical causes? We will explore all of these questions, along with others that arise, as we make our way through the reading and viewing of various novels, stories, poems, films, and philosophical texts that take up the figure of the artist as their primary subject matter. Along the way, we will learn how to engage closely with these texts in order to develop, refine, and defend solid literary arguments.

    This course is designed to help students develop critical thinking, writing, and oral expression skills that are applicable beyond the domain of literary studies. Students will learn how to develop interesting analytical arguments, incorporate research into their
    writing, and refine their ideas through the drafting and revision of two essays. Short bCourses posts will also be required in order to help facilitate thinking about the course’s material. Since this is a discussion-based course, a strong emphasis will be placed on active student participation in class.

    Required Texts:

    de Staël, Corinne (Oxford)
    James, Daisy Miller (Broadview)
    Colette, The Vagabond (Dover)

    A Course Reader will contain a selection of stories, poems, and philosophical texts by: Plato, Shelley, Balzac, Hoffmann, Mishima, and Mann.


    Mankiewicz, All About Eve

    Schrader, Mishima: A Life in Four Chapters

  • Katrina Dodson 11/05/15


  • Culture and Politics in Latin American Symposium, 11/13-14/15



  • Beatriz Sarlo lecture, 11/12/15