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A collection of Comparative Literature's past events.

Jennifer Wenzel, "Towards an Oil Inventory"

When Nov 13, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Hansong Dan, "When Species Meet: A Comparative Reading of Wolf Totem and Disgrace

When Oct 30, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Tao Jiang, "Family and Its Discontent in Early Chinese Thought"

When Oct 23, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Adriana Johnson, "An Excess of Visibility, a Scarcity of Water"

When Oct 16, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Andrew Singer, "Derek Walcott and the Expansion of English-language Poetry"

When Oct 09, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Jane Gallop, "Sexuality, Disability, and Aging: Queer Temporalities of the Phallus"

When Sep 25, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Antjie Krog, "The Point of Rich Points: Translation as a Form of Reconciliation"

When Sep 18, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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Lital Levy, "Fearful Symmetries: What Does Equivalence Mean in War and in Literature?"

When Sep 11, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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2017 Marathon Read

When Sep 07, 2017 12:00 PM to
Sep 08, 2017 12:00 PM
Where The lawn in front of the Pattee/Paterno Library
Contact Name
Contact Phone 814-863-4288
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During this annual event, volunteers take turns reading over a 24-hour period. This year's event, First Books, focuses on Author's first books that they published or their first book in a series, by authors from all around the world. Each title will be available in English and the original language in which it was published.

Anyone may volunteer for two to five minutes of reading. Groups --  classes, teams, social organizations -- are encouraged to participate by  volunteering for larger blocks of time. Remember, it gets really fun in the wee hours of the morning.

There will be pizza, t-shirts, and other surprises. 

Questions? Want to sign up to read in advance? Want to read in Spanish, French, Japanese, German, Chinese, Portuguese or Russian? EMAIL us at 

 

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2017 Book List:

  1. JD Salinger, Catcher in the Rye - English, Spanish, German, French, Russian, Chinese, Japanese, and Arabic
  2. Lyriae Van Clief-Stefanon, Black Swan - English
  3. Ernset Kline, Ready Player One - English, Spanish, and German
  4. Cesar Vallejo, Black Heralds - English and Spanish
  5. Eileen Chang, Love in a Fallen City - English

 

"The Stuff of Fiction: The Rise of the Environmental Novel", Stephanie Foote, Jackson and Nichols Professor of English, West Virginia University

Stephanie Foote is the Jackson and Nichols Professor of English at West Virginia University. She is author of Regional Fictions: Culture and Identity in Nineteenth-Century American Literature(2001), The Parvenu’s Plot: Gender, Culture, and Class in the Age of Realism (2014), the editor, with Elizabeth Mazzolini, of Histories of the Dustheap: Waste, Material Cultures, Social Justice (2012), and the editor of reprints of two of Ann Aldrich’s 1950s lesbian pulp classics We Walk Alone and We, Too, Must Love (2006). With Stephanie LeMenager, she is the founder and editor of Resilience: A Journal of the Environmental Humanities. Her articles have appeared in numerous edited collections and in such journals as American Literature, American Literary History, Signs, The Henry James Review, College Literature, Pedagogy, J19, and PMLA. She is currently working on The Art of Waste, a project about garbage and literature.
When Dec 05, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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Nobel Prize Roundtable (details TBA)

When Nov 28, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"Yesterday's Child: Temporality and Subjectivity in Spanish Cinema", Sarah Thomas, Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies, Brown University

Sarah Thomas is an Assistant Professor of Hispanic Studies at Brown University. She works on contemporary film and literature from Spain, as well as Latin American cinema. Her research is especially concerned with cultural production emerging from (post)-dictatorship societies in the Spanish-speaking world.  She has published on Spanish, Argentine, and Peruvian cinema is currently completing a book manuscript on the representation of childhood in Spanish film from the period 1970-1983.
When Nov 14, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"Carmen in Harlem", Jennifer Wilks, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas

Jennifer M. Wilks is an Associate Professor in English and in African and African Diaspora Studies; she is also an affiliate of the Program in Comparative Literature. She is the author of Race, Gender, and Comparative Black Modernism: Suzanne Lacascade, Marita Bonner, Suzanne Césaire, Dorothy West (Louisiana State UP, 2008), which explores the gendered constructs and legacies of the Harlem Renaissance and Negritude movements. Her essays have appeared in African-American Review, Callaloo, Modern Fiction Studies, and, most recently, in the edited collection Escape from New York: The New Negro Renaissance beyond Harlem (U of Minnesota P, 2013). Her translation (French to English) of the 19th-century French and Swiss diaries of African American activist Mary Church Terrell was recently published, and she is currently at work on two book projects: a history of transpositions of the Carmen story set in African diasporic contexts and a study of representations of race and apocalypse in contemporary literature and culture. She spent spring 2013 as a visiting professor in the Département du Monde Anglophone at the Université Sorbonne Nouvelle-Paris 3 and in 2013-2014 served as co-director of the Texas Institute for Literary and Textual Studies (TILTS), whose theme was “Reading Race in Literature and Film.” 
When Nov 07, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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“Carmen in Harlem”, Jennifer Wilks, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas

When Nov 07, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"Vernacular Politics, Anglophone Prose: the Early Days of the Indian Novel in English", Snehal A. Shingavi, Associate Professor of English, University of Texas

Snehal Shingavi is associate professor of English at the University of Texas, Austin, and the author of The Mahatma Misunderstood: the politics and forms of literary nationalism in India (Anthem Books, 2013).  He has also translated Munshi Premchand’s Hindi novel, Sevasadan (Oxford, 2005), the Urdu short-story collection, Angaaray (Penguin, 2014), and Bhisham Sahni’s autobiography, Today’s Pasts (Penguin, 2015).  He has a forthcoming translation of Agyeya’s novel, Shekhar: A Life, 2 vols. (Penguin, 2017).
When Oct 31, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"The Rise of the Surface: Cartography, Poetics, and Visual Art across the Early Modern World (France, Germany, Poland)", Katharina Piechocki, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

Katharina N. Piechocki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature at Harvard University. She holds a PhD. in Comparative Literature from New York University (2013) for a thesis on “Cartographic Humanism” and a doctorate in Romance Languages from Vienna University (2009) on the origin of the opera libretto. In 2015-16, Katharina was a Distinguished Junior External Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center, where she was completing her first book manuscript, “Cartographic Humanism: Defining Early Modern Europe, 1480-1580.” In spring 2017, she will be a scholar in residence at the IFK (Internationales Forschungsinstitut für Kulturwissenschaften) in Vienna, Austria. At Harvard, Katharina is the co-chair (together with Tom Conley) of the Cartography Seminar at the Mahindra Humanities Center.
When Oct 24, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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Title TBA, Katharina Piechocki, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

When Oct 24, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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