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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Shuang Shen (email@example.com) 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.
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The 2013-2014 Comparative Literature Luncheon is sponsored in part by a generous contribution from the Center for Global Studies.
FALL SEMESTER, 2014
Monday, September 22
"Dissent and Digital Transumption in an Age of Insecurity," Djelal Kadir, Penn State
Monday, September 29
"Same-Sex Intimacies in an Early Modern African Text about an Ethiopian Female Saint, Gadla Walatta Petros (1672)," Wendy Belcher, Princeton University
Wendy Laura Belcher is associate professor of African literature in Princeton University’s Department of Comparative Literature and Center for African American Studies. She has been studying African literature for over two decades and is now working to bring attention to early African literature through her research and translation. She also studies how African thought has informed a global traffic of invention, recently publishing Abyssinia’s Samuel Johnson: English Thought in the Making of an English Author (Oxford, 2012) and is finalizing the translation of The Life and Struggles of Our Mother Walatta Petros: A Translation of a Seventeenth-Century African Biography of an African Woman with Michael Kleiner, which is perhaps the earliest biography of an African woman.
Monday, October 6
"Solidarity and Sacrifice: Poetry Translation and the Russian Radical Left," Brian Baer, Kent State University
Brian James Baer is Professor of Russian and Translation Studies at Kent State University. He is author of the monograph Other Russias: Homosexuality and the Crisis of Post-Soviet Identity (2009) and editor of the collected volumes Contexts, Subtexts and Pretexts: Literary Translation in Eastern Europe and Russia (2011) and Russian Writers on Translation. An Anthology (2013). He is founding editor of the journal Translation and Interpreting Studies, and his monograph Translation and the Making of Modern Russian Literature is forthcoming in the Bloomsbury series Literatures, Cultures, Translation.
Monday, October 13
“Poetry and the Global Migration of Form,” Jahan Ramazani, University of Virginia
Monday, October 20
“Calcutta-London-Madrid: The Politics of Translation in Global Modernisms,"
Gayle Rogers, University of Pittsburgh
Monday, October 27
"Fieldwork in Theory: Anthropologies of Levantine Intellectuals," Fadi Bardawil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Monday, November 3
"Affirmations of Blackness: Reading the Black Enlightenment," Surya Parekh, Penn State
Monday, November 10
"Blister you all: The Calibanic Genealogy in Brazil," Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University
Monday, November 17
Title TBA, James O’Sullivan, Penn State
Monday, December 1
Title TBA, John Ochoa, Penn State
Monday, December 8
"On Affect and Articulation: Reading Oe’s Anti-Nuclear Speeches," Margherita Long, University of California, Riverside