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Department of English and Literary Arts

Department of English

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Committee For Comparative Literature

Our mission is to encourage and support interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary studies in the Arts & Humanities with special emphasis on language and literary studies. The Committee for Comparative Literature is comprised of faculty from the Department of English and the Department of Languages & Literatures. Annual events include the Fall Forum, Winter Workshop, and Spring Seminar, as well as additional colloquia, lectures, literary readings, roundtables, and symposia.

Upcoming Events

Watch this space for news on the upcoming Fall Forum on the theme of monsters and literature!

Recent Events

  • Spring 2017 Seminar with Dr. Chet Lisiecki (Colorado College) on "Conservatism from Spengler to Sloterdijk." 23 May
  • Winter 2017 Workshop with Dr. Davinder Bhowmik (University of Washington) on Minor Literature and Islands of Protest:Japanese Literature from Okinawa." 9 March.
  • Fall 2016: Symposium on "Rethinking 'Minor Literatures': Past, Present, Future" 4 November.
  • Fall 2015:The 8th Annual Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable welcomed Dr. Alisa Freedman (Japanese, University of Oregon), who discussed her book Tokyo in Transit: Japanese Culture on the Rails and Road. 
  • Winter Workshop 2015: The 7th Annual Faculty Roundtable & Lecture featured Susan Bernofsky, director of Literary Translation in the MFA Writing Program at the Columbia University School of the Arts.
  • Fall Forum 2014: The 4th Annual Fall Forum on "Literature & Violence" featured presentations by Aboriginal poet Ali Cobby Eckermann (Australia) and novelist/translator Assaf Gavron (Israel). 
  • Spring Seminar 2014: This 2nd Annual seminar featured award-winning author and Professor of Classics, Dr. Reviel Netz of Stanford University, who presented his lecture on the topic "Ludic Proof: Mathematics as Narrative" on 3 April 2014.
  • Winter Workshop 2014: The 6th Annual Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable welcomed Dr. Thomas G. Pavel, Gordon J. Laing Distinguished Service Professor in Romance Languages and Literature, Comparative Literature, and the Committee on Social Thought at the University of Chicago to discuss his recent book, The Lives of the Novel: A History (Princeton UP, 2013). 16-17 February 2014.
  • Lecture: "Nabokov's Religious Apostasy: Gnostic Turpitude" with Dr. Sergej Davydov, Professor Emeritus, Middlebury College. 17 October 2013.
  • Fall Forum 2013: 3rd Annual Fall Forum on "Transnational Modernism" with presentations by Dr. Gustavo Fierros (University of Denver), Dr. Anna Vaninskaya (University of Edinburgh), and internationally acclaimed author and translator Alejandro de Acosta. 12 September 2013.
  • Spring Seminar 2013: The inaugural seminar featured Dr. Marie-Laure Ryan, internationally renowned narrative theorist, formerly of CU-Boulder and a Gutenberg Fellow at Johannes Gutenberg University (Germany). She presented her work on "Narrative Cartographies: Mapping the Literary Imagination" 30 May 2013.
  • Winter Workshop 2013: "Translation and the Art of Fiction" with award-winning American author and translator Nathan Englander. 27 February 2013.
  • Fall 2012: 5th Annual Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable with Dr. Walter Andrews, Professor of Ottoman and Turkish Literature at the University of Washington-Seattle. Dr. Andrews presented two lectures, "Apples and Oranges or, Seeking Comparative Sex, Love, and Literature Between Ottomans and Europeans" and "The Age of Beloveds: Love and the Beloved in Early-Modern Ottoman and European Culture and Society." 14-15 November 2012.
  • Fall Forum 2012: 2nd Annual Fall Forum on the topic "Cultural Transfers, Translations, Clashes: From the Screen, the Stage and the Page to our Research and University Classrooms" with Dr. Michael O'Riley (Colorado College), Dr. Cecilia J. Pang (CU-Boulder), and Dr. Sarah Morelli (DU). 8 October 2012.
  • Spring 2012: "True Stories, Contested Narratives: African and African American Texts in Dialogue" with Dr. Okey Ndibe, Professor of African Literature at Trinity College.
  • Spring 2012: 4th Annual Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable with Dr. Abiola Irele of Kwara State University, Ilorin, Nigeria. Dr. Irele presented two lectures, "Cultural Encounters in the Modern World-An African Perspective" and "The Négritude Moment." 10-11 April 2012.
  • Fall Forum 2011: Inaugural Fall Forum on the topic "Framing the World of World Literature" with Dr. Corinne Scheiner (Colorado College), Dr. Cynthia F. Wong (University of Colorado, Denver) and Dr. Jan Gorak (University of Denver). November 2011.
  • Spring 2010: 3rd Annual Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable with Dr. Thomas Laqueur of the University of California Berkeley who lectured on the topic "Cremation and the Work of the Dead in the Nineteenth Century." May 2010.
  • Spring 2010: 2nd Annual Lecture Faculty Research Roundtable with Dr. Walter D. Mignolo of Duke University, who spoke on the topic "Local Histories/Global Designs: Coloniality, Subaltern Knowledges and Border Thinking." May 2009.
  • Spring 2009: Inaugural Lecture and Faculty Research Roundtable with Dr. William Rasch of Indiana University, who spoke on the topic, "Max Weber and Science as a Vocation." April 2008.

Committee for Comparative Literature members 2017-2018

  • Donna Beth Ellard, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Literary Arts [on leave Fall 2017]
  • Rachel Feder, Assistant Professor of English, Department of English and Literary Arts
  • Alison Krogel, Associate Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Chad Leahy, Assistant Professor of Spanish, Department of Languages and Literatures
  • Adam Rovner, Associate Professor of English & Jewish Literature, Department of English and Literary Arts & the Center for Judaic Studies 
  • Orna Shaughnessy, Assistant Professor of Japanese, Department of Languages and Literatures