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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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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2019 Comparative Literature Undergraduate Commencement

Published: July 17, 2019

The UCLA Department of Comparative Literature would like to congratulate all of our graduates of Class of 2019. The commencement ceremony featured faculty, students, their families and alumni. Professor of Comparative Literature and Germanic Studies Kathleen Komar, was given the opportunity to be the 2018 UCLA Humanities Commencement Speaker. We thank all of our students…

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Interview with David Macfadyen

Published: June 8, 2018

“We offer our grad students the very best opportunities to develop as teachers…” In this video interview, Professor David Macfadyen, Department Chair and Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Undergraduate Studies, and 2018 Distinguished Teaching Award Recipient, answers questions such as: What courses do you teach? What information could you offer to prospective graduate students?…

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Interview with Stephanie Bosch Santana

Published: May 15, 2018

Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature   What classes do you teach here at UCLA? I teach classes on African Literature in Comparative Contexts, where we look at various literary traditions within Africa and compare them. Kenyan literature with South African and Nigerian literature, to give just a few examples, but we also look beyond the…

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Graduate Student Writing Retreat

Published: May 14, 2018

On a cloudy spring Saturday, a handful of UCLA’s Comparative Literature graduate students participated in a getaway writing retreat. The event was hosted at the home of Jason Araujo, in an oasis perched atop the secluded mountains of Topanga Canyon. Everyone dedicated the day to significant progress on their academic writing for degree-related work (i.e., a…

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Humanists@Work: May 2018 Berkeley

Published: May 9, 2018

Top: Comparative Literature graduate student Helga Zambrano engaging in thoughtful dialogue during the conference cocktail hour. Bottom: Conference Participants dialoguing about their future career opportunities.  REPORT: After four years of programming across the UC, a conference at the David Brower Center in Berkeley on April 30, 2018 marked the terminal gathering of UCHRI’s bi-annual Humanists@Work…

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Graduate Student Spotlight with Ben Ratskoff

Published: April 17, 2018

What is your area of research? My research is really at the intersections of black studies and Jewish studies. I’m interested in interrogating the broad, historical relationship between anti-Semitism and white supremacy by looking in particular at Nazism’s relationship to contemporaneous forms of French colonialism and American racism. In the past twenty years or so,…

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