Comparative Literature

comparative literature


September 4, 2014
Writer/editor Frank Stewart and scholar/translator Katsunori Yamazato will read from the MANOA special feature "Living Spirit: Literature and Resurgence in Okinawa" and participate in a moderated discussion with poet Brenda Shaughnessy. This event is free and open to the public. Location: Mumford Room, James Madison Building (sixth floor) Contact: (202) 707-5394
April 25, 2014
UMD has officially joined the Committee on Institutional Collaboration (CIC) as a part of its broader integration with the Big Ten. Nearly every member institution offers a department or program in linguistics or speech-language pathology. We have invited a speaker from each CIC institution to speak to what extent can theoretical research inform experimental practice, and vice versa? In particular, we have invited speakers from two major focuses of CIC language science research: prosody and language acquisition. This event is funded in part by your Graduate Student Activities Fee and is therefore open to the entire Graduate Student Community.
April 4, 2014
The deadline for submission is May 1, 2014. The prize carries an award of $500. Announcement of winner will be made by mid May. If you have any questions, please direct them to the Director of Comparative Literature, Sheila Jelen (
April 1, 2014
Thursday April 3, 4:00-5:30 PMMcKeldin Library, Room 6137Special Events Room  
January 31, 2014
When: February 27, 2014 What time: 3:30 pm Where: 2212B Benjamin Building
January 23, 2014
Saturday, February 1st 7pm - 11pm
November 25, 2013
Check out the Fall 2013 edition of Bywords here:
August 19, 2013
Join the Kluge Center and the Geography & Map Division on Thursday, September 5, from 12-1 pm at the Whittall Pavilion, Thomas Jefferson Building, Library of Congress, for this conversation.
September 1, 2011
On Thursday, September 15, 2011, from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, join the Classics Faculty Seminar as Judith Hallett presents a paper, "Autobiography in Fiction, Gender and Failure in Ancient Roman Love Elegiac Poetry." Jane Donawerth will give a response. Tawes 2115.


February 18, 2015
Residential fellowships are invaluable to the research and writing of the Department's faculty members. New locations provide new materials to read, new landscapes to write about, and new scholars to meet. Members of our faculty have held many residential fellowships, some of which are highlighted here.
November 18, 2014
Jeremy Metz (Ph.D. candidate in Comparative Literature) has contributed the entry on Haitian author and winner of the 2014 French Prix Fémina, Yanick Lahens, to the Dictionary of Caribbean and Afro-Latin American Biography, edited-in-chief by Henry Louis Gates, Jr. and Franklin W. Knight, forthcoming from Oxford University Press in 2015.
November 18, 2014
Stephen Rojcewicz's paper, Latin Poetics in John Donne: “I Finde Myself Scattered,” has been accepted for the Annual Conference of the Classical Association of the United Kingdom, April 10-13, 2015, at the University of Bristol, U.K. Continue reading for Stephen's recent publications.
October 14, 2014
Kyle Garton-Gundling's (PhD 2013) article, "‘Ancestors We Didn’t Even Know We Had’: Alice Walker, Asian Religions, and Ethnic Authenticity,” will appear in the Fall 2014 issue of the Journal of Transnational American Studies.
May 20, 2014
The Comparative Literature program is pleased to announce the winner of the third annual Comparative Literature Essay Contest. Stephen Rojcewicz, a first year graduate student in the Program in Comparative Literature, wrote the winning paper, “’I Finde Myself Scattered’: The Body as a Book in John Donne” under the guidance of Professor Jerry Passannante in ENGL 719 B (Spring 2013).
March 14, 2014
Win a free iTunes gift card! Play Sound+ Bingo by listening to sounds that will be played in Tawes Hall on the television monitor in the lobby during the week leading up to the conference. Write the date you hear the sound on the corresponding square. Get five in a row (horizontal, vertical, or diagonal) to get Bingo! Turn in your completed Bingo sheets at the Sound+ registration table in Tawes Hall. Winners will be entered into a drawing for an iTunes gift card on Saturday March 29th! 
March 13, 2014
Professor Jason Rudy and his students traveled to New Zealand from December 29 to January 13 for the winterterm course, New Zealand: Literature and Culture. 
January 31, 2014
When: February 27, 2014 What time: 3:30 pm Where: 2212B Benjamin Building
January 28, 2014
Submit a copy of your syllabus for Spring 2014 before your scheduled session starts!
January 28, 2014
Professor Merle Collins is an activist in local and Caribbean communities, starting Carivision Community Theatre and helping to restore the damaged library on the island of Grenada.

Upcoming Events

Thu Apr 9

9:00 AM
2120 FS Key Hall, GW University, Library of Congress, National Museum of the American Indian, Mexican Cultural Institute

Sat Apr 11

7:00 PM
Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights

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12:30 PM

Sat May 2

7:00 PM
Wonderland Ballroom in Columbia Heights

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10:00 AM
3:30 PM

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