Dean of Humanities Announces New Co-Directors of Program in Experimental Critical Theory

Published: January 27, 2022

July 7, 2021 Dear colleagues: I am pleased to announce that I have invited Professors Zrinka Stahuljak (Comparative Literature, European Languages and Transcultural Studies) and Giulia Sissa (Political Science, Classics) to head the Experimental Critical Theory program for the next three years, through the end of 2023–2024. They have presented a compelling vision for the role of the program within…

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A Message from the Chair

Published: September 16, 2021

Welcome to the Department of Comparative Literature at UCLA! Housed within the top public research university in the country, UCLA’s Comparative Literature department has served for more than fifty years as a leading site of innovative research and teaching in the interdisciplinary humanities. Our faculty are internationally renowned, many have played leading roles in the…

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Shu-mei Shih appointed Edward W. Said Professor of Comparative Literature

Published: August 13, 2020

This article is reprinted here with the permission of the UCLA Asia Pacific Center. The original article can be found at this link. The professorship is one of many recent career honors bestowed on Shih, who joined the UCLA faculty in 1993. By Peggy McInerny, Director of Communications, UCLA International Institute UCLA International Institute, August…

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Congratulations to the Comparative Literature Class of 2020!

Published: June 11, 2020

On behalf of the Department of Comparative Literature and Department Co-Chairs, Professors Kathy Komar and Katherine King, we would like to extend our most effusive congratulations to the graduates of 2020! To our twenty undergraduate students who have completed the major or minor and our three graduate students who will be conferred their Ph.D. degrees…

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Departmental Policy on Remote Instruction for Spring 2020

Published: March 13, 2020

Per directives from the university, all lectures/discussions/sections and office hours  for the Department of Comparative Literature will be conducted online via Zoom or other online chat programs through the end of spring quarter 2020. Please contact your instructor or the Student Affairs Officer,, if you have any questions.

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Photos from Maryam Wasif Khan Lecture: “‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan”

Published: January 14, 2020

On the evening of Tuesday, January 14th, 2020, UCLA Comparative Literature alumnae, Dr. Maryam Wasif Khan, delivered a lecture entitled, “‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan.” This event was part of “UCLA Comparative Literature in the World,” a series of talks from recent department graduates sponsored by the Division of…

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Photos from Susannah Rodriguez Drissi’s Book Launch “The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos”

Published: November 20, 2019

On Wednesday, November 20th, the Department of Comparative Literature hosted a book launch for UCLA lecturer (and UCLA Department of Comparative Literature Ph.D. recipient) Dr. Susannah Rodriguez Drissi in Kaplan 348. Special guests included writer, actor, and translator Magdalena Edwards (Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier), who offered introductory remarks and read from the collection, and Yalil…

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Photos from Professor Shu-mei Shih Lecture and Department of Comparative Literature Fall Welcome Reception

Published: October 16, 2019

On October 15, 2019, Professor Shu-mei Shih (Departments of Comparative Literature, Asian Languages and Culture, and Asian American Studies) delivered a lecture on “Comparative Literature in a Relational World” in Royce Hall 306. This lecture, which is part of the department’s 50th Anniversary Celebration, was followed by a small reception to commemorate the start of…

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Interview with Undergraduate Major and Fulbright Recipient Robin Blades

Published: August 8, 2019

We would like to congratulate one of our recently graduated Comparative Literature undergraduate students, Robin Blades, for receiving a Fulbright award to do research in Peru during the upcoming year! Robin majored in Comparative Literature and Cognitive Science and is interested in mental health.  We had the great pleasure and opportunity to interview Robin about…

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