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Comp Lit Luncheon Series

The Comparative Literature Luncheon is a weekly informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty, and other members of the University community.  Each week there is a short (20 minute) presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline.

Jonathan Abel ( and Shuang Shen ( are the coordinators for the series this semester. We meet Mondays in 102 Kern at about 12:15 p.m.  You can bring your lunch or buy a lunch tray in Kern Cafeteria (next door) and bring it into 102. Coffee and tea are provided in 102 (no charge).  The speaker will begin at about 12:30 p.m. Allowing a few minutes for discussion, we'll conclude in time for classes that meet at 1:25 p.m.  All students, faculty, colleagues, and friends are welcome.

Click here for information regarding our luncheons from previous semesters.

We're on the air: Recordings of these presentations are broadcast on C-NET, the regional cable network for educational and government programming.   Each program is usually broadcast 4 times in the week following the date listed here. Click here for C-NET archive of broadcast in streaming video.

Or, download the talks at iTunes U.

The 2013-2014 Comparative Literature Luncheon is sponsored in part by a generous contribution from the Center for Global Studies.


Monday, January 27
Title and Speaker TBA

Monday, Feburary 3
Title and Speaker TBA

Monday, February 10
Title and Speaker TBA

Monday, February 17
“The Commodification of African Diaspora Female Subjectivities: Maryse Condé’s I, Tituba, Black Witch of Salem,” Maha Marouan, University of Alabama (flyer)

Monday, February 24
“Sandro Penna, Queer Intellettuale Impegnato,” John Champagne, Penn State, Erie (flyer)

Monday, March 3
“Calcutta-London-Madrid: The Politics of Translation in Global Modernisms,"
Gayle Rogers, University of Pittsburgh (flyer)

Monday, March 17
"Poetic Innovation and Appropriative Translation in the Americas," Rachel Galvin, Johns Hopkins University (flyer)

Monday, March 24
“Modernist Snark: How Fights Shaped Japanese Literature,” Alisa Freedman, University of Oregon (flyer)

Monday, March 31
"Christ's Gripe: Sociability and Enchantment in 19th-century Vision Narratives,” Christopher Castiglia, Penn State (flyer)

Monday, April 7
"Kant, Satire, and Sexual Difference," Surya Parekh, Penn State (flyer)

Monday, April 14
"Re-writing Japonisme: Félix Régamey’s The Pink Notebook of Madame Chrysanthème," Christopher Reed, Penn State (flyer)

Monday, April 21
"Derrida the Workaholic," Jonathan Eburne, Penn State (flyer)

Monday, April 28
"The Melodrama of the Hacienda: Luis Bunuel’s Abismos de Pasion as Postcolonial Trans/Plantation," Kevin Hagopian, Penn State (flyer)


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