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A collection of Comparative Literature's past events.

"Porous Walls In Kafka, Coetzee, and Amos Kenan"

When Feb 20, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"Journeying Back to the Body: The Decolonizing Potential of Indigenous Masculinities"

When Feb 13, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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TBA

When Feb 06, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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"Visionaries: Second Sight and Social Change in Islamic West Africa since 1400"

When Jan 30, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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"Thresholds of World Literature: Imagining Illiteracy in Modern Egypt"

When Jan 23, 2017
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"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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Title TBA, Katharina Piechocki, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Harvard University

When Oct 24, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
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CGS Arabic Film Series

When Oct 20, 2016
from 07:00 PM to 09:00 PM
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Le Destin (1997)

“Proletarian Intimacies: The North Korean Art and Literature of War” Theodore Hughes, Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities, Columbia University

Theodore Hughes is Korea Foundation Associate Professor of Korean Studies in the Humanities and Director of the Center for Korean Research at Columbia University. He is the author of Literature and Film in Cold War South Korea: Freedom’s Frontier (Columbia University Press, 2012), which was awarded the Association for Asian Studies James B. Palais Book Prize. He is the co-editor of Intermedial Aesthetics: Korean Literature, Film, and Art (special issue of the Journal of Korean Studies, 2015); the co-editor of Rat Fire: Korean Stories from the Japanese Empire (Cornell East Asia Series, 2013); and the translator of Panmunjom and Other Stories by Lee Ho-Chul (Norwalk: EastBridge, 2005).
When Oct 17, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"English Lyric Poetry, Medieval to Early Modern", Seth Lerer, Distinguished Professor of Literature, University of California at San Diego

Seth Lerer (born 1955) is Distinguished Professor of Literature at the University of California at San Diego, where he served as Dean of Arts and Humanities from 2009 to 2014. He had previously held the Avalon Foundation Professorship in Humanities at Stanford University. Lerer specializes in historical analyses of the English language, in addition to critical analyses of the works of Medieval and Renaissance authors, particularly Geoffrey Chaucer. He is the author of eight scholarly books, most recently Prospero's Son: Life, Books, Love, and Theater (University of Chicago Press, 2013). Lerer won the 2010 Truman Capote Award for Literary Criticism and the 2009 National Book Critics Circle Award in Criticism for Children’s Literature: A Readers’ History from Aesop to Harry Potter. He is currently the M. H. Abrams Distinguished Visiting Professor in English at Cornell University.
When Oct 10, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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"This Moment of Manumission: Representing Exceptional Blackness in Claudia Rankine's Citizen and Marvel Comics' Captain America", Jonathan Gray, Associate Professor of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

Jonathan W. Gray is Associate Professor of English at John Jay College-CUNY. He is the editor of the Journal of Comics and Culture and the author of Civil Rights in the White Literary Imagination (University Press of Mississippi, 2013). Gray is currently working on the book project Illustrating the Race: Representing Blackness in American Comics, which traces depictions of African Americans in comics from 1966 to the present, for Columbia University Press. He has published academic articles on Modernism and the Harlem Renaissance, Kyle Baker’s graphic novel Nat Turner, Jay Z’s relationship to Black masculinity, and Trayvon Martin in popular culture. His journalism on comics and popular culture has appeared at EW.com, Salon.com, and The New Inquiry.
When Oct 03, 2016
from 12:15 PM to 01:30 PM
Where 102 Kern
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