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Haun Saussy: "Beginning Bioinformatics, or, The Translation of 'Translation'"

Fall Semester, 2014

Monday, September 15
“‘We Can't Go There With You’: Trauma Rhetoric and its Abuses in Times of Sustained Threat," Rosemary Jolly, Penn State

This talk addresses what trauma theory can and cannot offer in practical contexts of the sustained threats of HIV and gender-based violence. Professor Jolly discusses her field work experiences, embedded as they have been in intergenerational histories of systemic violence underwritten by colonialism, its attendant racisms, and their aftermath. She addresses the interests of those working in the applied fields of trauma and post-traumatic studies, HIV, racism, sexism and heterosexism, child abuse and the intergenerational effects of colonialism and violent conflict.

Monday, September 22
"Dissent and Digital Transumption in an Age of Insecurity," Djelal Kadir, Penn State

This is a diagnostic critique. Unlike a jeremiad, which is a cautionary admonition about what is bound to come, a critique is a diagnosis of what already is. By definition, a diagnosis aims at knowing two things-what is said and what is done-, and examines the discrepancies between the two. This is an essay on the cartography of dissent, which is to say, a critical interrogation of dissent’s possibilities in the present. The analysis probes the historical moment through the institutional discourse of two currently dominant ideologemes--the digital and the transnational. Any coincidence between the narrative of this analysis and your personal or institutional circumstances is purely fortuitous. The NSA has you covered, and your college or university has your back. And, as the agent says, “no need to worry, if you are not doing or saying anything you shouldn’t be.”

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

The seventeenth-century Ethiopian book The Life and Struggles of Our Mother W&aumll&aumltt&auml Petros (Gadla Walatta Petros) features a life-long partnership between two women and the depiction of same-sex sexuality among nuns. The earliest known book-length biography about the life of an African woman, written in 1672 in the Ge'ez language, Gädlä Wällättä Petros is an extraordinary account of early modern African women's lives--full of vivid dialogue, heartbreak, and triumph. It features revered Ethiopian religious leader Wällättä PÌ£etros (1592-1642), who led a nonviolent movement against European proto-colonialism in Ethiopia in a successful fight to retain African Christian beliefs, for which she was elevated to sainthood in the Ethiopian Orthodox Täwahedo Church. An important part of the text is her friendship with another nun, as they "lived together in mutual love, like soul and body" until death. Interpreting the women's relationships in this Ethiopian text requires care, but queer theory provides useful warnings, framing, and interpretive tools.

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

This paper explores the central role played by translation--and, in particular, by the translation of poetry--among members of Russia’s radical left in the nineteenth century. The paper will focus on the various functions of poetry translation in that historical context in order to outline a model for studying translation within the overall interpretive network that shapes both its production and reception.

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

One of the most pervasive models for “world” and “global” literature has been the formula foreign form and local content. New literature issues, we are told, from the introduction of a foreign form into a local environment. Although Franco Moretti and others have usually applied the paradigm to the novel, what happens when it is put to the test with other genres, such as poetry? What is the place of such ideas in understanding poetry in a global age? Critically reexamining the foreign form and local content model in relation to postcolonial and Western poems written in English, this paper seeks to develop alternative ways of conceptualizing poetry and other literary forms in their global dimensionality.

Jahan Ramazani is Edgar F. Shannon Professor of English at the University of Virginia. His books include A Transnational Poetics (2009), winner of the Harry Levin Prize, and Poetry of Mourning: The Modern Elegy from Hardy to Heaney (1994), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. His most recent book is Poetry and Its Others: News, Prayer, Song, and the Dialogue of Genres (2013). An associate editor of The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics (2012), he has also co-edited several Norton anthologies.He is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, an NEH Fellowship, a Rhodes Scholarship, the William Riley Parker Prize, and the Thomas Jefferson Award, the University of Virginia’s highest honor.

Monday, October 20
“Calcutta-London-Madrid: The Politics of Translation in Global Modernisms," 
Gayle Rogers, University of Pittsburgh

This talk approaches a longstanding question in modernist studies through a different critical route: how are we to study global modernisms without replicating the Anglo-European criteria of what "counts" as modernist (formally, temporally, spatially), and at the same time, preserve some sense of what "modernism" means as a movement?  I aim to reorient our thinking on this question by leaving London at the center of a global literary phenomenon, but by demonstrating the ways in which its institutions--and the English language--were only a temporary way station for some more fruitful modernist exchanges.  I follow the translation of Rabindranath Tagore’s works from Bengali to English to Spanish: in English, his fame was short-lived and precarious, while in Spanish, thanks to the extensive and creative translations by Juan Ramón Jiménez, he remains an influential poetic figure.  The world republic of letters contained exchanges of modernist texts, styles, and critiques that went far beyond London, New York, Paris, or Berlin, of course, and one way to recover them, I argue, is to reconceive translation as a practice that decenters modernism and shows its lateral emergence across a range of disparate literary economies. 

Gayle Rogers is associate professor of English at the University of Pittsburgh.  He is the author of Modernism and the New Spain: Britain, Cosmopolitan Europe, and Literary History (2012), and of publications in PMLAModernism/modernity, Comparative Literature, Journal of Modern Literature, James Joyce Quarterly, and other journals.  His current book projects are Modernism: Evolution of an Idea (co-written with Sean Latham forthcoming 2015) and Between Literary Empires: Translation and the Comparative Emergence of Modernism, a study of English/Spanish translation practices from the Spanish-American War of 1898 to the present. 

Monday, October 27
"Fieldwork in Theory: Anthropologies of Levantine Intellectuals," Fadi Bardawil, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Fadi A. Bardawil joined the Department of Asian Studies at the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill this fall, after spending three years as a Harper Fellow at the University of Chicago's Society of Fellows. An anthropologist by training (PhD Columbia, 2010), his work which lies at the crossroads of political anthropology and intellectual history looks into the lives and works of contemporary modernist Arab thinkers in the context of the international circulation of social theory. Currently, he is working on a book manuscript provisionally titled In Marxism's Wake: Disenchanted Levantine Intellectuals and Metropolitan Traveling Theories. His writings have appeared, and are forthcoming, in the Journal for Palestine Studies (Arabic edition), Boundary 2, Jadaliyya, Kulturaustausch, and al-Akhbar daily (2006-2012).

Monday, November 3
"Black Enlightenment: The Case of Kant and Wheatley," Surya Parekh, Penn State

Recent scholarship in the Black Radical Tradition argues that the legacies and inheritances of the Enlightenment might be interpreted as always already in relation to blackness. This presentation explores this claim by reading two popular 18th century texts against each other: Immanuel Kant’s Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime and Phillis Wheatley’s Poems on Various Subjects, Religious and Moral. Framing these texts as sharing an Enlightenment discourse, this presentation shows that Kant’s work covers a complex moment in which the comportment of black women within the "deepest slavery" is represented as one of respect and submission. The presentation turns to Phillis Wheatley’s poetry to respond. What lessons does Wheatley’s philosophizing lyrical I teach us - about the provenance of the Enlightenment, 18th century Afro-Diasporic intellectual production, and the politics of fraternity - speaking to a universal from within slavery and written from, if the accounts are correct, a comportment of respect and submission?

Surya Parekh is a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Africana Research Center at the Pennsylvania State University. Previously, he was the 2013-14 Alain Locke Postdoctoral Fellow at Penn State. His research is critically attuned to the (dis)figuration of the Enlightenment subject in contemporary scholarship. Currently, he is completing a book monograph, provisionally titled Reading the Black Enlightenment: Black Subjectivity, Indigeneity, and the Cosmopolitan,which explores the 18th century literary and philosophical production of Afro-British/Afro-American and Native American authors and their traffic with a dominant Enlightenment discourse.

Monday, November 10
"Blister you all: The Calibanic Genealogy in Brazil," Pedro Meira Monteiro, Princeton University

This is an investigation into how post-colonial readings of Shakespeare’s The Tempest can help us understand the “Calibanic genealogy” that allowed certain authors to invert the fin-de-siècle assumptions that placed Ariel’s spiritual virtues ahead of Caliban’s raw corporeality. My hypothesis is that Prospero’s Mirror (an influential text by the U.S. scholar Richard Morse) is an “exaggerated” reading of Sérgio Buarque de Holanda’s classic Roots of Brazil that imagines Ibero-America as the real promised land of Western civilization, as opposed to the failure of the United States as a civilizational model.

Pedro Meira Monteiro is Professor of Spanish and Portuguese at Princeton University, where he is also the Acting Director of the Program in Latin American Studies. He is the co-director of the Princeton-University of São Paulo global network on Race and Citizenship in the Americas. The author and editor of several books, such as Mário de Andrade e Sérgio Buarque de Holanda: Correspondência (Edusp/Companhia das Letras, 2012) and Cangoma Calling: Spirits and Rhythms of Freedom in Brazilian Jongo Slavery Songs (University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, 2013), he also contributes regularly to Brazilian newspapers and magazines.

Monday, November 17
"Exploring Ireland’s Literary Communities," James O’Sullivan, Penn State

Using various computational methods, this study will explore Ireland’s literary communities through analyses of the nation’s leading contemporary journals. A very brief introduction to macro-analytics will be offered, before some of the study’s key findings will be presented and discussed. Possible influences from social and economic transformations will be charted, while any regional disparities will also be delineated. A number of other particularities will also be accounted for, including gender and editorial networks.

James O’Sullivan is the Digital Humanities Research Designer at the Pennsylvania State University. He holds graduate degrees in computer science and literary studies, and is currently completing his PhD at University College Cork. His work has been published in a variety of interdisciplinary journals, including Leonardo and the International Journal of Humanities and Arts Computing. James is Chair of the Colloquium at the University of Victoria’s Digital Humanities Summer Institute, and in 2014 was shortlisted for the Fortier Prize for Digital Humanities research. Further details on James and work can be found at

Monday, December 1
"The Missing Event and Other Traumas in Tomás Rivera's Chicano Classic And The Earth Did Not Devour Him (or Why So Many Latino Stories Are Bildungsromanen)," John Ochoa, Penn State

Monday, December 8
"On Affect and Articulation: Reading Oe Kenzaburo’s Anti-Nuclear Speeches," Margherita Long, University of California, Riverside

Students of modern Japanese thought tend to have deep respect for the political activism of Nobel literature laureate Oe Kenzaburo (1935-). As a tireless advocate for the no-war clause in Japan’s post-war constitution, and a convener of the post-Fukushima anti-nuclear group “Sayonara Genpatsu,” Oe has a powerful oeuvre of speeches and essays in defense of democracy, peace, and environmentalism.   Yet even if we agree with these writings conceptually, emotionally they disappoint.  Why is it so hard to like them? This talk uses Eve Sedgwick’s notions of “paranoid” and “reparative” critical strategies to consider Oe’s anti-nuclear humanism as a kind of “aggressive hypothesis” - elegant in its simplicity, but ultimately tautological, with too few lines of flight outside a rigid temporality of repeated injury. 

Mimi Long is Associate Professor of Japanese and Comparative Literature at the University of California, Riverside.  Her book This Perversion Called Love: Reading Tanizaki, Feminist Theory and Freud was published by Stanford in 2009.  Her current project is an eco-humanities look at public intellectuals in Japan and the 3.11 nuclear disaster.  Titled Force, Affect, Origin: On Being Worthy of the Event, the book reads recent work by manga artist Hagio Moto, filmmaker Kamanaka Hitomi, web activist Iwakami Yasumi, political scientist Kang Sangjung, and writer Oe Kenzaburo, among others.



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)



Monday, September 9, 2013
"Bones of the Butterfly: Translating João Guimarães Rosa's Tutaméia," Thomas Beebee, Penn State (Flyer)

Monday, September 16, 2013
"Theorizing Literature from Japan, 1907," Michael Bourdaghs, University of Chicago (Flyer)

Monday, September 23, 2013
"Zen Master Dogen, A Medieval Japanese Monk Well-Versed in Chinese Poetry," Steven Heine, Florida International University (Flyer)

Monday, September 30, 2013
"Christopher Columbus & the Discourse of Empire in the United States," Elise Bartosik-Velez, Dickinson College (Flyer)

Monday, October 7, 2013
“The Backlash Against Indigenous Rights and the Return of Indigenismo Under the Citizen’s Revolution in Ecuador (2006-Present),” Carmen Martínez Novo, University of Kentucky (Flyer)

Monday, October 14, 2013
"An Ontology of Women's Labor: He-Yin Zhen and Anarcho-Feminism in Early Twentieth-Century China," Rebecca Karl, New York University (Flyer)

Monday, October 21, 2013
"Metalepsis in Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric," Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania (Flyer)

Monday, October 28, 2013 
"Comparative Literature from Below: South to South Comparisons," Simon Gikandi, Princeton University (Flyer)

Monday, November 4, 2013
"This Year's Winner: Alice Munro," Charlotte Eubanks, Rosemary Jolly and Rebekah Zwanzig, Penn State (Flyer)

Monday, November 11, 2013
"World Theatre and the Common Ground of Global Modernity," Glenn Odom, Rowan University (Flyer)

Monday, November 18, 2013
"Speculative Modernism: Proust and the Stock Market," Hannah Freed-Thall, Princeton University (Flyer)

Monday, December 2, 2013
"Latina/o Literature Unbound," Ralph Rodríguez, Brown University (Flyer)

Monday, Decmber 9, 2013
"From Anthology to Archive:  Reed’s Osiris, Pound’s Mumbo Jumbo," Jeremy Braddock, Cornell University (Flyer)


Monday, January 28, 2013
"Russian-American Literature in the 21st Century: The Sequel," Adrian Wanner, Penn State

Monday, February 4, 2013
"Translating Calligraphy," Abé Markus Nornes, University of Michigan

Monday, Feburary 11, 2013
"Digital Tools/Early Modern Books," Sarah Werner, Folger Shakespeare Library

Monday, February 18, 2013
"Chimera of Correspondence," Eduardo Cadava, Princeton University

Monday, February 25, 2013
"Personhood and the Subliminal Mind: Yogacara Buddhism versus Freud," Tao Jiang, Rutgers University

Monday, March 11, 2013
"Talking about Chinese Poetry in Modern Japan," Matthew Fraleigh, Brandeis University

Monday, March 18, 2013
"Public Privacies: Forms of Self and Nation in Recent South African Autobiography," Gabeba Baderoon, Penn State

Monday, March 25, 2013 
"Of Maps and Mannequins: Dung Kai Cheung, Hong Kong, and the Logic of the Fetish," Carlos Rojas, Duke University

Monday, April 1, 2013
"Disappearing History:  Scenes of Trauma in the Theater of Human Rights (A reading of Ariel Dorfman's Death and the Maiden)," Cathy Caruth, Cornell University

Monday, April 8, 2013
"Zombie Metabolism: Performance, Consumption and the Promise of Infection," Atia Sattar, Penn State

Monday, April 15, 2013
"Black Women and the New Pornography," Ariane Cruz, Penn State

Monday, April 22, 2013
"Emotion vs. Strategy: On the New Media Experience of Space," Marie-Laure Ryan, Independent scholar

Monday, April 29, 2013
The "Nerds, Wonks, and Neo-Cons" symposium


Monday, September 10, 2012
"Two Imaginary Medieval Universities," Caroline Eckhardt, Penn State

Monday, September 17, 2012
"After Midnight: Realism and the Indian Emergency," Susan Z. Andrade, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, September 24, 2012
"Clarice Lispector and the Art of the Cronica," Elizabeth Lowe, University of Illinois

Monday,October 1, 2012 
"Biotropes: Environmental Aesthetics for an Industrial Age," Christine Marran, University of Minnesota

Monday, October 8, 2012
"Recycling the Epic: Gilgamesh on Three Continents," Wai-chee Dimock, Yale University

Monday, October 15, 2012 
"Wiring Ourselves for Sound: Quietness, White Noise and the Metamorphosis of Mediated Subjectivity," Matt Jordan, Penn State

Monday, October 22, 2012
"Comparing Surgery Literatures: Sex Reassignment Surgery in Thailand," Jillana Enteen, Northwestern University

Monday, October 29, 2012
"Passwords: Philology, Security, Authentication," Brian Lennon, Penn State

Monday, November 5, 2012
"Thick Skin, Thin Mask: The Dilemma of Chinese Opera in the New Millennium," Daphne Lei, University of California, Irvine

Monday, November 12, 2012
"Song of the Vikings: Snorri and the Making of Norse Myths," Nancy Marie Brown

Monday, November 26, 2012
"'How to Read Lolita," Imraan Coovadia, University of Cape Town

Monday, December 3, 2012
"Professor Latino goes to Singapore: Race, Classical Reception, and Canonicity in 16th century Granada and 21st century Singapore," Mira Seo, Yale-NUS College


Monday, January 23, 2012
"The Art of Stephen Colbert: Satire and Democracy," Sophia McClennen, Penn State

Monday, January 30, 2012
"Narrative and Intellectual Disability," Michael Berube, Penn State

Monday, Feburary 6, 2012
"Literary History in the Posthistorical University: The Division of Francophone Studies," Vincent Bruyere, Penn State

Monday, February 13, 2012
"Parallel Lives: Bolivar and the Classical Poets of the Revolution," German Campos-Munoz, Penn State

Monday, February 20, 2012
"Strategic Amnesia: Postcolonial Studies and the Second World," Nancy Condee, Universty of Pittsburgh

Monday, February 27, 2012
"Being There: Writing from the Indian Sub-continent," Sharmistha Mohanty, Indian Writer

Monday, March 12, 2012
"The Teleologies of Modernism: Toward a Transitional Theory," Christopher Hill, Weatherhead East Asian Institute Columbia University

Monday, March 19, 2012 
"Literature and Politics in Communist Albania and the Parables of Dictatorship in the Prose of Ismail Kadare," Baviola Shatro, "Aleksander Moisiu" University, Durres, Albania

Monday, March 26, 2012
"After Midnight: Realism and the Indian Emergency," Susan Z. Andrade, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, April 2, 2012
"On Transtromer," Aldon Nielsen, Penn State, and Douglas Messerli, poet and the Director of The Contemporary Arts Educational Project, Inc.

Monday, April 9, 2012
PANEL: "Thinking beyond the Region," Jon Abel, Andrea Bachner, and Michelle Decker, Penn State

Monday, April 16, 2012
"Genocide, Science, and Ethnosuicide, The Extirpation of Idolatries in the Colonial Andes and a Contemporary Variant," Jose Rabasa, Harvard University

Monday, April 23, 2012
"Culture in the Age of One World," Michael Denning, Yale University


Monday, September 12, 2011
"Against Periodization," Eric Hayot, Penn State

Monday, September 19, 2011
"The Right to Look and the Crisis of Visuality," Nicholas Mirzoeff, NYU

Monday, September 26, 2011
"'Si-militude', or How the Early Chinese Out-Platoed Plato," Martin Ekstrom, Sodertorn University, Stockholm

Monday,October 3, 2011
"The Classics as Public Sphere in Modernizing Europe and China," Alex Beecroft, University of South Carolina

Monday,October 10, 2011
"Translation, Intertexuality, Interpretation," Lawrence Venuti, Temple University

Monday,October 17, 2011
"Why Were The New York Intellectuals Jewish?; or The Secret Relationship between the Neo-Cons and the Jews," Benjamin Schreier, Penn State University

Monday, October 24, 2011
"David Lynch's Material Girls," Todd McGowan, UVM

Monday, October 31, 2011 
"Berlin and the Anxious Disavowal of Beijing Modernism: Architectural Polemics within Globalization," Daniel Purdy, Penn State

Monday, November 7, 2011
"Sexual minorities and erotic justice in Africa: issues and challenges," Marc Epprecht, Queen's University, Kingston

Monday, November 14, 2011
"Transgender and Race," Matt Richardson, University of Texas - Austin

Monday,November 28, 2011
ROUNDTABLE: "Comparing Comparisons," Jonathan Eburne, Nergis Ertuk, Charlotte Eubanks, Sophia McLennen, Penn State

Monday, December 5, 2011
"Between Grief and Grievance: The Place of the Barbie Trial in French Contemporary Memoir and Film," Bella Brodzki, Sarah Lawrence College and Michael G. Levine, Rutgers University




Monday, January 24, 2011
"Machado and Borges: A New Trajectory of Avangarde-Fiction in the Americas," Rhett McNiell, Penn State

Monday, January 31, 2011
"Reader Response -- For Real, This Time," Tom Beebee, Penn State

Monday, February 7, 2011
"Testimonio (testimonial narrative) and Truth," John Beverly, University of Pittsburgh

Monday, February 14, 2011
PANEL: "Is this year's Nobel in Literature novel? A Tribute to Mario Vargas Llosa," Julia Cuervo-Hewitt and Guadalupe Marti-Pena, Penn State University

Monday, February 21, 2011
"Trauma as Durational Performance: A Walk Through Villa Grimaldi with Pedro Matta," Diana Taylor, NYU

Monday, February 28, 2011
"Making Monsters: War Crimes and Ordinary Men," James Dawes, Macalester College

Monday, March 14, 2011
PANEL: "Arabic Literature Now: New Directions," Waïl S. Hassan, University of Illinois, Urbana and Amal Amireh, George Mason University

Monday, March 21, 2011 
"'A Path 'Strewn with Dreams': William Stanley Braithwaite, Modernist Poetics, and The Poetic Year For 1916," Geoffrey Jacques, George Mason University

Monday, March 28, 2011
"'When I finish this dialectic, then I will be happ': C.L.R. James - Dialectics in the Desert," Aldon Nielsen, Penn State

Monday, April 4, 2011
"Film Co-Productions, Spatial Practice, and the Cultural Contingencies of 'New Asia,'" Stephanie DeBoer, Indiana University, Bloomington

Monday, April 11, 2011
PANEL: "Contemporary Literature of the Americas: A Conversation with Luisa Valenzuela, João Almino, and Zulfikar Ghose"

Monday, April 18, 2011
"Contemporary Chinese Film and Media Culture: a Dialogue with Dai Jinhua," Speakers: Professors Dai Jinhua, Alex Huang, Eric Hayot, and Jon Abel

Monday, April 25, 2011
"Celebrating the Year's Work: Faculty Books and Department Awards"

Monday, May 2, 2011
"Disaster and Encyclopedism, or How To Do Things with Diderot," Paul St. Amour, University of Pennsylvania



Monday, September 6, 2010
Labor Day

Monday, September 13, 2010
"A Delicate Subject: Comparative Literature, Erich Auerbach, and Penn State," Djelal Kadir, Penn State

Monday, September 20, 2010
"Entertaining and Useful: Contemporary Japanese Educational Manga," Sari Kawana, University of Massachusets, Boston

Monday, September 27, 2010
"The Critical Role of the University Press," Kendra Boileau, Penn State University Press

Monday, October 4, 2010 
"Victorian Scandal: New Meredith Letters Reveal Thomas Love Peacock's 'Love Child'," Jim Powell, Writer and Nick Joukovsky, Penn State University

Monday, October 11, 2010 
"Indigenizing Modernism," Dean Irvine, Dalhousie University, Halifax

Monday, October 18, 2010
"Ghandi and his South African readers," Isabel Hofmeyr, Witwatersrand University, Johannesburg

Monday, October 25, 2010 
"The Devil Inside: the image of Japan in 20th century Chinese humor," Barak Kushner, University of Cambridge

Monday, November 1, 2010 
"How Shizuo Ozawa became Mario the Jap: Militant Ethnics and Ethnic Militancy in Brazil," Jeffrey Lesser, Emory University

Monday, November 8, 2010
"The Dialogue of Translation," Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky, American University of Paris

Monday, November 15, 2010
"Genre and Discipline," Alastair Renfrew, Durham University, Stockton, England

Monday, November 22, 2010 
Thanksgiving Week

Monday, November 29, 2010
"Nathaniel Hawthorne and the Gender of Jewishness," David Greven, Connecticut College

Monday, December 6, 2010
"Sacred Texts & Saving Remnants: Manuscript Culture and the Roman Catholic Underground in Early Modern Europe," Earle Havens, Johns Hopkins University

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Monday, January 25, 2010
Roxanna Curto (Assistant Professor of French, Illinois State University):  "Aime Cesaire and the Theater of Development."

Monday, February 1, 2010
Urs Heftrich (Professor and Chair of the Slavic Literatures Department, University of Heidelberg, Germany): "Facing Two Faces of Totalitarianism: Czech Poetry 1938-1954."

Monday, February 8, 2010
Jeffrey Williams (Professor of English and Literary and Cultural Studies, Carnegie Mellon University): "The Rise and Fall of the Theory Journal"

Monday, February 15, 2010
2009 Nobel Laureate Herta Müller: A Roundtable Discussion 
Bettina Brandt, Assistant Professor of German, Montclair State University and Visiting Assistant Professor of German and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State University
Beverly Eddy Driver, Emeritus Professor of German, Dickinson College
Allan Stoekl, Professor of French, Penn State University

Monday, February 22, 2010 
Centre County Reads Presents: On Dashiell Hammett, Jonathan Eburne, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State: "The Two Dashiell Hammetts"

Monday, March 1, 2010 **Meeting in the Palmer Museum of Art **
The Meaning of Sara Baartman: A Colloquium, Palmer Museum of Art lobby & auditorium (light lunch provided starting 11:30, talk at 12:30):  Desiree Lewis, Univ of the Western Cape, South Africa, "The Meaning of Sara Baartman."  Co-sponsors: the IAH, Africana Research Center, LGBTA Student Resource Center, Arts in Public Life initiative, School of Visual Arts, Dept of Women's Studies, and Dept of African & African American Studies.

Monday, March 8, 2010
Spring Break

Monday, March 15, 2010 
Anke Birkenmaier (Assistant Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Columbia University): "Walking Backward: Roberto Bolaño and the Latin American Avant-Garde"

Monday, March 22, 2010 
Michael Düring (Professor and Head, Slavic Department at Christian-Albrechts-Universität Kiel): "Travels to Remote Regions of the World: Jonathan Swift among the Slavs"

Monday, March 29, 2010
Jeffrey Di Leo (Dean of Arts and Sciences, University of Houston, Victoria, and Editor, Symploke): "Critical Affiliations"

Monday, April 5, 2010
Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor (Associate Professor of Women's Studies and English,
Penn State University): "Susan Sontag's Early Journals: 'the Work' and the World"

Monday, April 12, 2010 
Ackbar Abbas (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California at Irvine): "Performing Space in Hong Kong/Chinese Cinema"

Monday, April 19, 2010
Marshall Brown (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Washington and Editor, Modern Language Quarterly): "How Does a Poem Think?" 

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Monday, September 14, 2009
Claire Colebrook (Professor of English, Penn State University): "The Ethics of Extinction"

Monday, September 21, 2009
Rudolf Kuenzli (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Iowa): "Interventionist Collage: From Dada to the Present"

Monday, September 28, 2009
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 402 Burrowes (formerly 304) today*
Charlotte Eubanks (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Asian Studies) "Turning the Wheel of the Dharma: Buddhist Book History"

Monday, October 5, 2009
Manthia Diawara (Professor of Comparative Literature and Director of the Institute of Afro-American Affairs and Director of the Africana Studies Program, New York University) "Jean Prouve's 'Maisons Tropicales', or Architecture as Discourse on colonialism"

Monday, October 12, 2009
John Horgan (Director, International Center for the Study of Terrorism and Associate Professor of Science, Technology and Society, Penn State University):  "Walking Away: Disengagement and De-Radicalization from Terrorism"

Monday, October 19, 2009
Rita Barnard (Professor of English and Director of the Women's Studies Program and the Alice Paul Center for Research on Women and Gender, University of Pennsylvania): "On National Literature and Globalization"

Monday, October 26, 2009
Su Fang Ng (Associate Professor of English, University of Oklahoma) "Dutch Wars, Global Poems: Dryden's Annus Mirabilis (1666) and Amin's Syair Perang Mengkasar (1670)"

Monday, November 2, 2009
Bradley Epps (Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures and Chair, Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality, Harvard University) "In Praise of Indiscretion: Pedro Almodvar's Law of Desire"

Monday, November 9, 2009
"Who Owns African Literature: A Roundtable Discussion" 
Helon Habila (Assistant Professor of English, George Mason University)
Binyavanga Wainaina (Director of the Achebe Center, Bard College)
Patricia Jabbeh Wesley (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State Altoona)
Moderator: Gabeba Baderoon (Assistant Professor of Women's Studies and African and African American Studies, Penn State University)

Monday, November 16, 2009
"Strunk and White's *The Elements of Style* at 50: A Roundtable Discussion." Participants:
Robin Schulze (Professor and Head, Department of English, Penn State University)
William Cobb ( Professor and Director of the MFA Program, Penn State University)
Scott Smith (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University)

Monday, November 30, 2009
Fall Break

Monday, December 7, 2009
Jean-Pierre Le Dantec (Professor and Director, School of Architecture, University of Paris-La-Villette): "The Sustainable City in the 21st Century: The Case of the Grand Paris"

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Monday, January 26, 2009
Charles Garoian (Director and Professor of Art Education, School of Visual Arts, Penn State University): "Drawing Blinds: Art Practice as Prosthetic Visuality"

Monday, February 2, 2009
Marjane Satrapi's Persepolis: A Roundtable Discussion. Penn State University Panelists  Susan Squier, English, Women's Studies, and Science and Technology Society; Scott Smith, English, and Jarod Rosello, Creative Writing English

Monday, February 9, 2009
Michael Bérubé (Paterno Professor of English, Penn State University) and Maud Newton (writer, NYC): "Blogging and the Arts."

Monday, February 16, 2009 
John Mackay (Professor, Slavic Languages & Literatures; Chair, Film Studies Program, Yale University):  "Memory and Montage: Vertov's Proletariat"

Monday, February 23, 2009
Vincent Colapietro (Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University): "Psychoanalysis and Jazz: Familiar Bedfellows in a Strange Setting"

Monday, March 2, 2009
Steve Cannon (Author, New York City): "Chester Himes and the Absurd"
Respondents: Keith Gilyard (Distinguished Professor of English, Penn State and Kevin Bell (Associat Professor of Enlish, SUNY Albany)

Monday, March 9, 2009
Spring Break

Monday, March 16, 2009
Rob Doggett (Assistant Professor of English, SUNY Geneseo): "Auditory Modernism and the Metallic Homunculus, or Yeats on the Radio"

Monday, March 23, 2009
Wilfried Raussert (Professor of Northamerican Literatures and Cultures, Universität Bielefeld, Germany):  "Space and Masculinity in The Three Burials of Melquiades Estrada"

Monday, March 30, 2009
Gabriel Weisz (Comparative Literature, Universidad Autónoma de México): "The 'Other' Face of Reason"

Monday, April 6, 2009
Jonathan Eburne, (Josephine Berry Weiss Early Career Professor in the Humanities and Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Penn State University): "Meth Time: The Logic of Presentism"

Monday, April 20, 2009
Judith Roof (Professor of English, Michigan State University): "Gendering Systems"

Monday, April 27, 2009
The Year’s Work in Comparative Literature: Departmental Awards and recently published books by Comparative Literature Faculty.

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Monday, September 8, 2008
"The Future of Comparative Literature": Roundtable and Discussion. Featuring Charlotte Eubanks, Eric Hayot, and Jonathan Eburne

Monday, September 15, 2008
Jerry W. Ward, Jr. (Distinguished Scholar and Professor of English and African World Studies,  Dillard University): "The Legacy of Richard Wright in the 21st Century"

Monday, September 22, 2008
Solimar Otero (Assistant Professor of English, Louisiana State University): "Cuban Nostalgia and Yoruba Identity in Lagos, Nigeria"

Monday, September 29, 2008
John Westbrook (Associate Professor of French and Francophone Studies, Bucknell University): "Dense Order: Roger Caillois's Militant Orthodoxy and the Performative Intellectual"

Monday, October 6, 2008
Madhuri Desai (Assistant Professor of Art History, Penn State University): "City of Mosques and Temples: Urban Negotiation in Banaras, 1669-1926"

Monday, October 13, 2008
Jean Gregorek (Associate Professor of English, Antioch College, and member of the "Non Stop Institute"): "Preserving the Liberal Arts: The Case Study of Antioch College"

Monday, October 20, 2008
Nicolás Fernández-Medina (Assistant Professor of Spanish, Penn State University): "The Problem of Subjectivity in Antonio Machado's Proverbios y cantares"

Monday, October 27, 2008
Myriam Chancy (Professor of English, Louisiana State University): Reading from her novels Spirit of Haiti (2003), The Scorpion's Claw (2005) and The Loneliness of Angels(forthcoming 2009).

Monday, November 3, 2008
Lisi Schoenbach (Assistant Professor of English, University of Tennessee): "Le Pragmatisme: An American Philosophy in Paris."

Monday, November 10, 2008
Rayna Kalas (Associate Professor of English, Cornell University): "The Grotesque Frame of Renaissance Prose"

Monday, November 17, 2008
Hermann Herlinghaus (Professor of Latin American Literature and Cultural Studies, University of Pittsburgh): "Violence Without Guilt: Ethical Narratives from the Globalized South"

Monday, November 24, 2008
Fall Break

Monday, December 1, 2008
Fall Break

Monday, December 8, 2008
Shannon McLachlan (Editor for Literature and the Humanities, Oxford University Press): "Academic Publishing: Today and Tomorrow"

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Friday, January 18, 2008
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 402 Burrowes (formerly 304) today*
Job candidate for Japanese position.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 402 Burrowes (formerly 304) today*
Job candidate for Japanese position.

Friday, January 25, 2008
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 402 Burrowes (formerly 304) today*
Job candidate for African Literature position.

Monday, January 28, 2008
Job candidate for African Literature position.

Friday, February 1, 2008
Job candidate for Japanese position.

Monday, February 4, 2008
Job candidate for African Literature position.

Monday, February 11, 2008
Neil Larsen (Professor of Comparative Literature and Critical Theory, University of California, Davis): "Towards a Critical Theory of 'Theory'"

Monday, February 18, 2008 
Randy J. Ploog (Coordinator of International Programs, College of Arts and Architecture and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art History, Penn State University): "The Mitchell Dawson Collection at the Newberry Library: Remnants of a Double Life"

Monday, February 25, 2008
Sophia A. McClennen (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies, Penn State University): "The Curse of Neoliberalism: Sex and Social Violence in Y tu mamá también and The Nanny and the Iceberg"

Monday, March 3, 2008
Ruben Gallo (Associate Professor of Spanish, Princeton University): "Freud's Pre-Columbian Antiquities"

Monday, March 10, 2008 

Monday, March 17, 2008
Bettina Brandt (Assistant Professor of German, Montclair State University): "Herta Müller's Scissor Script: Collage, Advertising, and the Practices of the Avant-Garde"

Monday, March 24, 2008
Rebecca Walkowitz (Associate Professor of English, Rutgers University): "Making World Literature: J.M. Coetzee and the Transnational Novel"

Monday, March 31, 2008
Jane Gallop (Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Professor): "The Value of Close Reading"

Monday, April 7, 2008
Heather Love (M. Mark and Esther K. Watkins Assistant Professor in the Humanities, University of Pennsylvania): "To Be a Problem, To Be an Exception: Du Bois and Modern Stigma"

Monday, April 14, 2008
Martha Schoolman (Assistant Professor of English, Miami University of Ohio): "Violent Places: Travel, Reform and Revolution in William Wells Brown's Three Years in Europe"

Monday, April 21, 2008
Irene Makaryk (Vice-Dean of Graduate and  Postdoctoral Studies, University of Ottawa): "Modernism, the Berezil Theatre, and the Paris Art Deco Exhibition of 1925."

Monday, April 28, 2008 
Michael Taylor (The Muriel and Philip Berman Curator of Modern Art, Philadelphia Museum of Art): "Body Matters: Marcel Duchamp's Etant donné Revisited"

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Monday, September 10, 2007 
Patrick Alexander (Associate Director and Editor-in-Chief, Penn State Press): "Books, Proposals, and Darwin: How the Fit Survive"

Monday, September 17, 2007
Sarah K. Rich (Associate Professor of Art History, Penn State University): "How does one look at the back of a painting from the front? And why would one want to?"

Monday, September 24, 2007
Matt Jordan (Assistant Professor of Film/Video & Media Studies, Penn State University): "Neo's Liberal Movement: Virtual Action Aesthetics as a Symptom of the Global Ideology"

Monday, October 1, 2007
Jamie K. Taylor (Assistant Professor of English, Bryn Mawr College): "The Face in the Crowd: Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale" 

Monday, October 8, 2007
Djelal Kadir (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "The People's Republic and the Republic of Letters: Literature and the State"

Monday, October 15, 2007
LuMing Mao (Professor of English, Miami University): "Beyond Reading the Chinese Fortune Cookie: Analogy, Identity, and Hybridity in Chinese American Rhetoric"

Monday, October 22, 2007
The Future of Arts Journalism: A Roundtable Discussion with Panelists:
Gabeba Baderoon, ARC Postdoctoral Fellow, Penn State University (Moderator);
Robert Heisse, Editor, Centre Daily Times; Ted Krichels, General Manager, Penn State Broadcasting; Ford Risley, Associate Professor and Head, Department of Journalism, Penn State University; Elizabeth Scanlon, Editor, The American Poetry Review; Holly Selby,Baltimore Sun; Sandy Thatcher, Director, Penn State Press

Monday, October 29, 2007
A Roundtable Discussion on 2007 Nobel Prizewinner Doris Lessing
Penn State University Panelists:
Imke Brust, Ph.D Candidate, Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures 
Kelly Innes, Ph.D Candidate, Department of English
Giulia Miller, Postdoctoral Fellow, Jewish Studies Program 
Carol Motta, PhD, Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature

Monday, November 5, 2007
L. Stephanie Cobb (Assistant Professor of Religion, Hofstra University): "Stoicism and the Problem of Pain in Early Christian Martyr Texts"

Monday, November 12, 2007
Donatella Ester di Cesare (Professor of Philosophy, University of Rome):  "The Eclipse of the Word:  On Language and Globalization"

Monday, November 19, 2007
Fall Break

Monday, November 26, 2007
Allan Stoekl (Professor of French, Penn State University): "The Logic(s) of Expenditure: Bataille in the context of Michael Marmot and Robert Frank"

Monday, December 3, 2007
Jeff Ferrell (Professor of Criminal Justice, Texas Christian University): "Little Scraps and Lost Moments: Writing the Empire of Scrounge"

Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Wednesday, January 17, 2007
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Na'ama Rokem (Stanford University): "Inscribing Prose in Poetry: H.N. Bialik in the City of Slaughter"

Monday, January 22 , 2007
Edwin Hill (University of California, Los Angeles): "Technologies of the Minor: Radio as Metaphor for Cultural Emergence" 

Friday, January 26, 2007
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*

Eric Hayot (Associate Professor of English, University of Arizona and Global Fellow, International Institute at University of California, Los Angeles): "Modernity’s Chinese Idiom: Suffering and the Problem of the Universal Human"

Monday, January 29 , 2007
Patrice Nganang (Randolph Distinguished Visiting Associate Professor of Africana and German Studies, Vassar College): "Picturing the Colonized: From an African Theory of Pictures to Colonial Cinema" 

Monday, February 5, 2007
Panel Discussion on David Lynch Panelists are:
Donald Kunze (Professor of Architecture and Integrative Arts)
Sophia A. McClennen (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish, and Women's Studies)
Jonathan Eburne (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English) 
Henry Morello (Senior Lecturer in Comparative Literature and Spanish)

Friday, February 9, 2007
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 306 Burrowes today*
Regine Jean-Charles (Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Carter G. Woodson Institute for African-American & African Studies, University of Virginia): "Survival Tales:  Incest Survivor Narratives in Calixthe Beyala's Your Name Shall Be Tanga and Yvonne Vera's Under the Tongue"

Monday, February 12, 2007
Djelal Kadir (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature): "Memos from the Besieged City"

Monday, February 19, 2007
Jed Esty (Associate Professor of English and Critical Theory, University of Illinois):  "Empires of Youth:  Modernism, Colonialism, and the Anti-Developmental Novel."

Monday, February 26, 2007
William McCarthy (Professor of English, Emeritus, Penn State Dubois): "The Shipman, the Sages, and Schaharazade: Medieval Tales in Contemporary American Folklore"

Monday, March 5, 2007
Nergis Ertürk (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, SUNY Binghamton): "Surrealism and Turkish Script Arts."

Monday, March 12, 2007
Spring Break

Monday, March 19, 2007
Hester Blum (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University): "Holes in the Poles"

Monday, March 26, 2007
James English (Professor and Chair, Department of English, The University of Pennsylvania): "The Global Economy of Literary Prestige"

Monday, April 2 , 2007
James Peterson (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State Abington): "An Anatomy of Hip Hop Criticism"

Monday, April 9, 2007
Stan Lai (Screenwriter/Director): "Performing the Diaspora: Secret Love in Peach Blossom Land"

Monday, April 16 , 2007
Bernard Bell (Professor of English, Penn State University): "The Globalization in Mainland China of African American Jazz and Hip-Hop Culture"

Monday, April 23 , 2007
Vincent Colapietro (Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University): "The Poetics of Experience: Toward a Pragmatic Understanding of Experience, Practice, & Translation"

Monday, April 30 , 2007
Jonathan Marks (Associate Professor of Bioethics, Humanities and Law, Penn State University): "Al Qaeda through the Terrorscope:  The Logic and Language of Torture."


Jonathan Eburne, Coordinator

Wednesday, September 13 , 2006
Barbara Trent (Academy Award Winning Documentary Director): "The Economics of Media Censorship"

Monday, September 18 , 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*

Elaine Richardson (Associate Professor of English and Applied Linguistics, Penn State University): "Ride or Die B, Jezebel, Lil' Kim, or Kimberly Jones: African American Women's Language Practices."

Monday, September 25 , 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Jonathan Eburne (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Penn State University): "Adoptive Affinities: Josephine Baker and Black Internationalism"  

Monday, October 2, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Aaron Rosenberg (Lecturer, Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "Verbal Art in East(ern) Africa: Samba Mapangala and Shaaban Robert"

Monday, October 9, 2006
Michael Bérubé (Paterno Professor of English, Penn State University): "What's Liberal About the Liberal Arts?"

Monday, October 16, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Alamír Aquino Corrêa (Associate Professor of Literary Theory and Brazilian Literature, Universidade Estadual de Londrina (State University of Londrina, Brazil): "Literary Practices on the Internet in Brazil"

Monday, October 23, 2006
Adrian Wanner (Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "The New Nabokovs?  Russian-American Immigrant Literature in the 21st Century"

Monday, October 30, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Rudy Wiebe (Author & Professor Emeritus, Department of English, University of Alberta): "Writing Into Existence: A Reading of Western Canada Fiction"

Monday, November 6, 2006
Marc Caplan (Assistant Professor of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins) "Tevye Transformed:  Sholem Aleichem From Page to Stage and Film." 

Monday, November 13, 2006
Benjamin Schreier (Postdoctoral Fellow In Jewish Studies, Penn State University): "Delmore Schwartz and the Beginning and End of Jewishness"

Monday, November 20 , 2006
Frederic Jameson (Institute for the Arts and Humanities Distinguished Visiting Fellow): "Futures of Theory"

Monday, November 27 , 2006
Pius Adesanmi (Associate Professor of English at Carleton University in Ottawa): "Postcolonial Difference and “Criminalized” Mobilities: Preliminary Reflections"

Monday, December 4, 2006
Nobel Prize Literature 2006 Panel on the 2006 Nobel Prize, Orhan Pamuk. The Panelists are: 
Ipek Kismet, Doctoral Student in Comparative Literature
Hülya N. (Ünlü) Yilmaz, Senior Lecturer in German & Instructor of Comparative Literature
Djelal Kadir, Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature

Monday, December 11, 2006
Philip Jenkins (Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and History, Penn State University): "Reading the Bible in the Global South"

Jonathan Eburne & Daniel Walden , Coordinators

Friday, January 20, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Karen Thornber (Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, Harvard University): "Transcultural Reconfigurations of Japanese Literature in East Asian Contact Zones, 1895-1945"

Monday, January 23, 2006
Charlotte Eubanks (Lecturer of Classical Japanese Language and Literature, University of Virginia): "The Buddhist Book of Memory: Text, Flesh, and the Written Word"  

Friday, January 27, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Jonathan Abel (Postdoctoral Fellow, East Asian Studies Program, Columbia University): "Declassifying Censorship: The Radical Obscenities of Umehara Hokumei and Samuel Roth"

Monday, January 30, 2006
Gabeba Baderoon (Poet and Media Scholar): "The Dream in the Next Body"

Monday, February 6, 2006
Schuyler Henderson (M.D., New York City): "That Joke's Not Funny Anymore: Theories of Comedy and Suffering"

Monday, February 13, 2006
Richard Kopley (Professor of English, Penn State, Du Bois): "A Contemporary Narrative Response to Nathaniel Hawthorne's Short Story 'The White Old Maid'"

Monday, February 20, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 102 Weaver today*
Stuart Gillespie (Reader in English Literature, University of Glasgow): "Cultural Authority: Metempsychosis from Pythagoras to Dryden, Proust, and Borges"

Monday, February 27, 2006
Maria Truglio (Assistant Professor of Italian, Penn State University): "Wise Gnomes, Nervous Astronauts and a Very Bad General: The Children's Books of Umberto Eco and Eugenio Carmi"

Monday, March 6, 2006
Spring Break

Monday, March 13, 2006
Tawny Holm (Associate Professor of Religious Studies, Indiana University of Pennsylvania): "Aramaic Literature in the Dawn of Judaism"

Monday, March 20, 2006
Shane Vogel (Assistant Professor of English, University of Indiana): "Unperforming the Self: Lena Horne and Segregated Cabaret Performance "

Monday, March 27, 2006
Robert Caserio (Professor and Head of English, Penn State University: "Modernist Realism and Imperial Romance" 

Monday, April 3, 2006
Gonzalo Rubio (Assistant Professor of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, History, and Religious Studies, Penn State University): "Textual Promiscuity and Scribal Artifacts in Mesopotamia" 

Monday, April 10, 2006
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 306 Burrowes today*
Caroline Eckhardt (Professor of Comparative Literature and English, Penn State University): "Medieval Ideas of Europe" 

Monday, April 17, 2006
Sergia Adamo (University of Trieste, Italy): "Representations of Single Women: Identity and Voice in Mann, Faulkner, Joyce and other 20th-c. Authors"

Monday, April 24, 2006 
Jinghui Wang (Associate Professor of English, Tsinghua University, China):  "Enemies and Barbarians:  Ibsen and Coetzee"

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, September 12, 2005
Thomas Beebee (Professor of Comparative Literature and German, Penn State University): "The DNA of the Lamb: The Race for the End on American Millenial Fiction"

Monday, September 19, 2005
Yunte Huang (Associate Professor of English, University of California, Santa Barbara): "Basic English and Modernist Babel"

Monday, September 26, 2005
Rachel Teukolsky (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University): "Decadence, Sexology, Utopia: Richard Burton's 'Arabian Nights'"

Monday, October 3, 2005
Manuel Broncano (Professor of Anglo-American Literature, University of León, Spain): "Translation as Translocation: The Translator as Intercultural Mediator: Translating Flannery O'Connor, Willa Cather, and Charlotte Lennox into Spanish"

Monday, October 10, 2005
Igor Klekh, (Visiting poet, from Moscow, author of A Land the Size of Binoculars): "From Fiction to Non-Fiction: A Writer's Journey"

Monday, October 17, 2005
Wang Ning (Professor and Director of the Center for Comparative Literature and Cultural Studies at Tsinghua University, Beijing): "Global Englishes, and Global Chineses: A New Framework for Comparative Literature"

Monday, October 24, 2005
Allan Elfant (State College, Psychologist): "Freud Encounters the Greek Myth of Eros: Is Psychoanalysis Compatible with Romance?"

Monday, October 31, 2005
Hülya N. Ünlü (Senior Lecturer and Language Program Director for the Germanic and Slavic Department, Penn State University): "Islamist Literature in Turkey: Occidentalism from Within"

Monday, November 7, 2005
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 306 Burrowes today
*You can bring your lunch or buy a lunch from the Java food cart on the first floor lobby of Burrowes Building
T. Scott Herring (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University): "Caravaggio's Rednecks"

Monday, November 14, 2005
Tomislav Longinovic (Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison): "This is a Man's World:  Filming the Balkan Wars"

Monday, November 21, 2005
*Comparative Literature Luncheon will be held in 306 Burrowes today
*You can bring your lunch or buy a lunch from the Java food cart on the first floor lobby of Burrowes Building 
Lisa Surwillo (Assistant Professor of Spanish, Penn State University): "Poetic Diplomacy: the American Civil War poems of Carolina Coronado"

Monday, November 28, 2005
Nobel Prize Literature 2005 Panel on the 2005 Nobel Prize, Harold Pinter: Charmian Hoare (Associate Professor of Theatre, Penn State University) and Dorn Hetzel (Associate Professor of Film and Video, Penn State University)

Monday, December 5, 2005
Chad Lavin (Visiting Assistant Professor of Political Science, Tulane University): "Managing Katrina, or, A Crisis of Agency in the Agency of Crisis"

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, January 17, 2005
Lee Roberts (University of California, Berkeley): "Mixing Metaphors: Terms of a German - Japanese Alliance"

Monday, January 21, 2005 
Joseph Murphy (Associate Professor of Japanese Language and Literature, University of Florida): "An Engineering Mediation to Culture: Thermodynamic Models in Soseki and Bataille"

Monday, January 24, 2005
Yoko Tawada (Writer in German & Japanese): "A Playful Journey through Words, Sound, and Body: Reading in Japanese, German, and English"

Monday, January 31, 2005
Dr. Haun Saussy (Professor of Comparative Literature and East Asian Languages, Yale University): "A Plea for a Longer and Wider History of Globalization"

Monday, February 7 , 2005
Robert Tierney (Stanford University): "The Colonial Eyeglasses of Nakajima Atsushi"

Monday, February 14, 2005
James Dunkerley (University of London): "Americas Plural - Old Wine in New Bottles?"

Monday, February 21, 2005
Peter Potter (Editor in Chief, Penn State University Press): "Scholarly Publishing in the Digital Age"

Monday, February 28, 2005
Gabeba Baderoon (Independent Scholar): 'Oblique Figures: Representations of Islam in South African Media and Culture'

Monday, March 7, 2005
Spring Break

Monday, March 14, 2005
No Luncheon

Monday, March 21, 2005
Carmelo Esterrich (Associate Professor, Columbia College Chicago):  "Tearing Mother Apart:  The films of Arturo Ripstein and Paz Alicia Garciadiego"

Monday, March 28, 2005
Debra Castillo (Professor of Romance Studies and Comparative Literature, Cornell University):  "Américan Dreams:  New Latino Literature and the Curriculum"

Monday, April 4, 2005
Rachel Brenner (Dept Chairperson, College of Letters and Sciences, Department of Hebrew & Semitic Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison): "Beyond the Canon - How to Reread Israeli Literature: The Case of Amos Oz's My Michael"

Monday, April 11, 2005
Ato Quayson (Professor of Commonwealth and Postcolonial Literature, Cambridge University, United Kingdom): "Home as Longing: Literature and Diaspora"

Monday, April 18, 2005
Nancy Berg (Associate Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature, Washington University): "Requiem for a Baghdad Lost: Israelis Remember Iraq"

Monday, April 25, 2005
Alexander Huang (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese, Penn State University): "Wartime 'Diaspora' of Shakespeare"


Daniel Walden, Coordinator


Monday, September 13, 2004
Pius Adesanmi  (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State University):  "The Februaries of African Literature:  Random Thoughts on a Different Representation of Difference"

Monday, September 20, 2004
Michael Naydan (Professor of Slavic Literature, Penn State University): "Translating Sound in Poetry:  The Slavic Contexts"

Monday, September 27, 2004
Jonathan Brockopp (Associate Professor of Religious Studies and History, Penn State University):  "Early Islamic Law: A New Text."

Monday, October 4, 2004
Robin Becker (Professor of English and Women's Studies, Penn State University): 'Graphic Representation in "The Venetian:"  A Poetry Reading and Slide Presentation on Ekphrastic Poems'

Monday, October 11, 2004
Aldon Nielsen (Kelly Professor of American Literature, and English, Penn State University): "The Beach Boys and the Black Arts"

Monday, October 18, 2004
David Pan (Associate Professor of German, Penn State University):  "Herder, Rousseau, and the Origin of Language"

Monday, October 25 , 2004
Judy Van Zile (Professor of Dance at the University of Hawaii-Manoa):  "Politics and Dance in Korea"

Monday, November 1, 2004
Bernard Bell (Professor of English, Penn State): "The Contemporary African American Novel:  Trey Ellis's Platitudes and the New Black Aesthetic"

Monday, November 8, 2004
Nobel Prize Literature 2004 Panel on the 2004 Nobel Prize, Elfriede Jelinek:  Cecilia Novero (Assistant Professor of German, Comparative Literature and Women's Studies, Penn State) and David Pan (Associate Professor of German, Penn State)

Monday, November 15, 2004
Donald Pease (Professor of English, Dartmouth College):  "American Studies/Emergency States"

Monday, November 22, 2004
Dennis Schmidt (Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University):  "Tragedy and Ethical Life: The Example of Hoelderlin"


Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, January 19, 2004
Linda Woodbridge (Distinguished Professor of English and Women's Studies, Penn State University):  "Payback Time: On the Economic Rhetoric of Revenge (on The Merchant of Venice, etc.)"

Monday, January 26, 2004
Alfred A. Triolo (Associate Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Italian, Penn State University): "Inferno V:  Unpacking Francesca, Designed Undecidability?"

Monday, February 2, 2004
Thomas Hale (Professor of African, French, and Comparative Literature, Penn State University):  "Marriage Should Not Mean Bondage:  Women's Songs From West Africa" 

Monday, February 9, 2004
Hester Blum (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University):  "Americans at Sea: 19th Century Sailors and Their Literary Culture"

Monday, February 16, 2004
Chris Dunton (Professor of English and Dean of the College of the Humanities, The National University of Lesotho):  "Making Waves?:  Colonial Policies and Shifting Structures of Feeling in the Early Independent Press in Southern Africa"

Monday, February 23, 2004
Charles Dumas (Associate Professor, School of Theatre, Penn State University):  "Theatre in the New South Africa"

Monday, March 1 , 2004
Elizabeth Smith (Associate Professor of Art History, Penn State University):  "Interpreting Visual Culture in the 12th Century: The Name and Image of the Rose in an Italian Church"  

Monday, March 8, 2004
Spring Break

Monday, March 15, 2004
Lovalerie King (Assistant Professor of English, Penn State University):  "Exploring Questions of Race, Property, and Ethics in African American Literature"

Monday, March 22, 2004
Daniel Purdy (Associate Professor of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures, Penn State University):  "The Perils of Building Big Before 9/11: Manhattan Skyscrapers and the Reconstruction of Berlin"

Monday, March 29, 2004
Susan Napier (Professor of Japanese Literature and Culture  The University of Texas, Austin):  "Matter Out of Place: The Abjected Monstrous in Princess Mononoke and Spirited Away"

Monday, April 5, 2004
Christine Clark-Evans (Associate Professor of French, Women's Studies, and African and African American Studies, Penn State University):  "Neuroscience in Two French Renaissance Poets:  Pernette du Guillet and Guillaume du Bartas"

Monday, April 12, 2004
Sandra Spanier (Professor of English and General Editor, Hemingway Letters Project, Penn State University):  "On Hemingway's Paper Trail"

Monday, April 19, 2004
Jonathan Eburne (Lecturer of English, Penn State University):  "Surrealism and the Art of Crime"

Monday, April 26, 2004
Sophia A. McClennen (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Spanish, Penn State University):  "Beyond Bicultural:  The Diasporic Subject in Ariel Dorfman's Heading South, Looking North"

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, September 8, 2003 
Adrian Wanner (Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "Verbal Painting in the Russian Avant-Garde: Livshits vs.Kandinsky."

Monday, September 15, 2003 
Christopher Clausen (Professor of English,  Penn State University): "Reading Post-Cultural America Since 9/11: Has Everything/Anything Changed?"

Monday, September 22, 2003
Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Professor of History, Director Center for the Study of Race & Ethnicity in America (CSREA), Brown University):  "Asian Americans and Globalization?"

Monday, September 29, 2003 
Carla Mulford (Associate Professor of English, Penn State University):  "Pox and Hellfire: Boston's Smallpox Controversy, the New Science and Early Modern Liberalism."

Monday, October 6, 2003
Philip Jenkins (Distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and History, Penn State University):   "Frank Waters and the Reinvention of Native-American Spirituality."

Monday, October 13, 2003  
No Luncheon (Day after Fall Break)

Monday, October 20, 2003 
Lois Parkinson Zamora (Professor of English, University of Houston):   "Monsters and Martyrs: García Márquez's Baroque Iconography."

Monday, October 27, 2003
Stanley Weintraub (Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts & Humanistic Studies, Penn State University):   "Adventures in the Rothschild Archives."

Monday, November 3, 2003
Christiane Makward (Professor of French and Women's Studies, Penn State University):  "Visual Metaphor and Ellipses: ldrisso Ouedraogo's Film Style."

Monday, November 10, 2003
Deborah Clarke (Associate Professor of English and Women's Studies, Penn State University):  "Race Cars and Race Men: Modernism, Gender and Automobiles."

Monday, November 17, 2003
Gerhard Strasser (Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "Francesco Petrarca and Cola di Rienzi at the Habsburg Court in Prague in the 1350s."

Monday, November 24, 2003
Robert Edwards (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Penn State University):  "Ricardian Dreamwork: Chaucer Meets Cupid Again."

Monday, December 1, 2003
Nobel Prize Literature 2003 Panel on the 2003 Nobel Prize, John Maxwell Coetzee:  Iyunolu Osagie (Associate Professor of English, Penn State) and Pius Adesanmi (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State)

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Friday, January 17, 2003
Shu Kuge (Stanford University): "The Politics of Bio-Rhythm:  Mishima Yukio's Elephant Seal."

Monday, January 20, 2003 
Justin Read (Visiting Assistant Professor, Department of Modern Languages and Literatures Spanish and Portuguese, State University of New York at Buffalo):  "The Cannibal Logic of Hyphens:  An Orthography of Nation in the Americas."

Friday, January 24, 2003 
Timothy Van Campernolle (Postdoctoral Fellow in the East Asian Studies Program at Oberlin College): "Literary Memory in Modernity:  The Fiction of Higuchi Ichiyo."

Monday, January 27, 2003
Brett Levinson (Director of Graduate Studies and Associate Professor in the Department of Comparative Literature, State University SUNY at Binghamton): "Politics and Allegory: Rereading Populism, Thinking Neoliberalism."

Monday, February 3, 2003 
Julia Kasdorf (Associate Professor of English, Penn State University): "Joseph Yoder (1872-1956), Mifflin County Musician, and author of  "Rosanna of the Amish"

Monday, February 10, 2003
Thomas Beebee (Professor of Comparative Literatures, Penn State University): "Golden Flying Saucers:  Ernesto Cardenal and Millennial Ufology." 

Monday, February 17, 2003
John Moore (Associate Professor of English, Penn State University):  "A Lament  for Humanities .001."

Monday, February 24, 2003
Alice Sheppard (Assistant Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "Reading King Alfred in the Anglo-Saxon Chronicle."

Monday, March 3, 2003
Ken Wiwa (Nigerian author and activist, Saul Rae Fellow in the Munk Centre for International Studies at the University of Toronto): "An Inventory of Belonging:  The Meaning of Home in a Postmodern World."

Monday, March 10, 2003
Spring Break

Monday, March 17, 2003 
Shuang Shen (Assistant Professor of English and Faculty Fellow of the Center for Critical Analysis of Contemporary Culture, Rutgers University):  "Diasporic Time and Space in Ha Jin's Waiting."

Monday, March 24, 2003 
Aníbal González (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of Spanish, Penn State University): "The Republic of Desire: Miguel Barnet's Canción de Rachel (1969) and the New Sentimental Novel in Spanish America."

Monday, March 31, 2003
James Brasfield (Senior Lecturer of English, Penn State University):  "South: A Morphology."

Monday, April 7, 2003
Aline Tauzin (Senior Researcher in anthropology at the French National Center for Scientific Research at the University of Picardy and professor at the National Institute of Oriental Languages and Civilizations in Paris):  "Saharan Music: About a Feminine Modernity"

Monday, April 14, 2003
Vincent Colapietro (Professor of Philosophy, Penn State University):  "Emerson's Experience:  A Theological and Psychoanalytical Reading."

Monday, April 21, 2003
Bela Tsipuria (Visiting Scholar, Comparative Literature, Penn State University):  "Choosing a Cultural Space (Georgian Literature in the XX century)."

Monday, April 28, 2003
John Moore (Associate Professor of English, Penn State University): "A Lament Humanities 001."

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, September 9, 2002
Philip Jenkins (Distinguished Professor of History and Religious Studies, Penn State University): "WRITING THE NEW GLOBAL CHRISTIANITY:  Beyond the Missionary Myth."

Monday, September 16, 2002
Maria Truglio (Visiting Assistant Professor of Italian, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese Department, Penn State University):  "They might be poets: Giovanni Pascoli's 'God and Magog.'"

Monday, September 23, 2002
Catherine Bertho-Lavenir (Professor of Contemporary History Universite Clermont-Ferrand, France): "French cultural elites and the new media. 1920-1970." 

Monday, September 30, 2002
Alan Benjamin (Research Associate, Population Research Institute and Affiliate Professor of Jewish Studies, Penn State University): "Ethnic Identity in Context:  Ethnographic lessons from Jews in Curacao."

Monday, October 7, 2002
Basem Ra'ad (Professor of English and World Civilizations, Al-Quds University, Jerusalem): "Sacred Places and the Politics of Naming." 

Monday, October 14, 2002
Fall Break, No Luncheon

Monday, October 21, 2002
Theo D'haen (Professor of American Literature at Leuven University (Louvain), Belgium, and Professor of English and American Literature at Leyden University, the Netherlands): "Empires Clashing over Literary History: US or UE (European Union)?"

Monday, October 28, 2002
Jen Hofer (Poet and Translator, Freelancing between Mexico City and Los Angeles): "No Visible Doors:  Editing an Anthology of Contemporary Poetry by Mexican Women."

Monday, November 4, 2002
Claire Katz (Assistant Professor of Philosophy & Jewish Studies, Penn State University):  Abraham --A Drag Queen? Or, Levinas and The Question of Maternity."  
Monday, November 11, 2002
Sophia McClennen (Assistant Professor in the Department of Foreign Languages, Illinois State University, and Visiting Assistant Professor in the Comparative Literature Department, Penn State University):  "The Dialectics of Exile Writing:  The Crisis of Representing Cultural Identity After 1960."

Monday, November 18, 2002
Craig Eisendrath (former Executive Director of the Pennsylvania Humanities Council (state arm of the National Endowment for the Humanities) and Senior Fellow at the Center for International Policy in Washington, DC): "Crisis Game. A Novel of the Cold War"

Monday, November 25, 2002
Thomas Lamarre (Associate Professor in the Department of East Asian Studies at McGill University, Montreal, Canada): "The Geopolitical Unconscious of Pure Film: Film Literature and Images of the Globe in Interwar Japan."

Monday, December 2, 2002
Panel Discussion on Imre Kertesz, the Nobel Prize Winner for Literature 2002.  The discussants are: 
     Marianne Posner, Humphrey Felllowship Program 
     Andras Toth,  Humphrey Fellowship Program

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, January 14, 2002
Aldon Lynn Nielsen (George and Barbara Kelly Professor, Department of English, Penn State University): "Melville on Trial: C.L.R. James and the Tribunal."

Monday, January 21, 2002
Richard Kopley (Associate Professor, Department of English, Penn State University): "Additional Allusions in Frederick Douglass's Narrative: The Declaration of Independence and Poe's 'The tell-Tale Heart.'"

Monday, January 28, 2002
Cary Fraser (Assistant Professor, Department of African and African American Studies, Penn State University): "Forging a Diasporic Sensibility: The Caribbean as a Site of Alternative Identity."

Monday, February 4, 2002
Pius Adesanmi (University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Candidate For Faculty Position in Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "Notebook(s) of a Return to the Native Land: The Ethnospatial Question in African Literatures."

Monday, February 11, 2002
Vera Mark (Assistant Professor of French and Linguistics, Penn State University): "What's in a Date? Literary Archeology and Popular Memory."

Monday, February 18, 2002
Dorothea Loebbermann (Research Fellow at the Center for Literary Studies, Zentrum für Literaturfoschung, Berlin): "Performances of Memory: 1920s' Harlem in fictional representations."

Monday, February 25, 2002
Willa Silverman (Associate Professor of French, Penn State University): "Of Books and Book Women: Discourses on Women's Reading Practices in Fin-de-Siecle France."

Monday, March 4, 2002
Spring Break

Monday, March 11, 2002
Anthony Tamburri (Professor of Italian and Italian/American Literature, Chair, Languages and Linguistics Interim Chair,  English, Florida Atlantic University): "Italian/American Literature: Where It Began and Where Is It Going?"

Monday, March 18, 2002
Kang Liu (Associate Professor of Chinese and Comparative Literature): "Reinventing the 'Red Classics' in the Age of Globalization."

Monday, March 25, 2002
Cecilia Novero (Assistant Professor of German, Penn State University): "Spinning the Text: DJ meets Feminist Theory in a Contemporary German Novel."

Monday, April 1, 2002
Stanley Weintraub (Evan Pugh Professor Emeritus of Arts and Humanities, Penn State University): "Henry Williamson, Adolf Hitler, and the Obsessive 1914 Christmas Truce."

Monday, April 8, 2002
Nancy Tuana (Dupont- Class of 1949, Professor of Philosophy and Women's Studies, and Director of the Rock Ethics Institute, Penn State University): "Introducing the Rock Ethics Institute."

Monday, April 15, 2002
Robert Lima (Professor Emeritus of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Fellow Emeritus, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, Penn State University): "The Alchemical Art of Leonora Carrington through Jung's Coniunctio."  

Monday, April 22, 2002
Evelyn Hu-DeHart (Professor and Chair, Department of Ethnic Studies, University of Colorado): "Slave or Free?  Black or White? Chinese Coolies on 19th Century Cuban Plantations."

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, September 10, 2001
Professor Paul Rose (Department of History and Mitrani Professor of Jewish Studies, Penn State University): "Meyerbeer and Wagner Revisited: Parody and Intensification."

Monday, September 17, 2001 
Professor Paul Giles (Department of English and American Studies, Cambridge University, U.K.):  "Transnationalism in Practice"

Monday, September 24, 2001
Professor Arturo Arias (President of the Latin American Studies Association, and Director of Latin American Studies, University of Redlands):  "Latin American Studies in an Age of Globalization."

Monday, October 1, 2001 
Professor James L. W. West III (Department of English, Penn State University): "Tender is the Night and the Ellingson Matricide."

Monday, October 8, 2001 
Fall Break

Monday, October 15, 2001 
Professor John Carlos Rowe (University of California, Irvine): "Comparative American Studies."

Monday, October 22, 2001 
Professor Paul Jay (Loyola University, Chicago):  "Global Culture, Comparative Literature, and Institutional Change"

Monday, October 29, 2001 
Nancy Marie Brown (Director, Research Publications and Policy, Penn State University):  "Medieval Icelandic Sagas and Modern Icelandic Realities: The Writing of 'A Good Horse Has No Color.'"

Monday, November 5 , 2001 
Professor Santiago Vaquera (Department of Spanish, Italian and Portuguese, Penn State University): "Limit, Divide, Gateway:  Re/thinking the Borderlands."

Monday, November 12, 2001 
Professor Fred Gardaphé (SUNY, Stony Brook):  "From Wiseguys to Wise Men:  The Gangster Figure in Italian American Culture"

Monday, November 19, 2001
Associate Professor Marie Secor (Department of English, Penn State University):  "Emotion and Rhetoric:  Darwin's Earthworms and The Expression of Emotion in Animals."

Monday, November 26, 2001
Professor Robin Becker (Department of English, Penn State University):  "Where Lyric Joins Narrative:  A Poetry Reading and Discussion with Robin Becker."

Monday, December 3, 2001 
Panel Discussion on the Nobel Prize for Literature:  "The Significance of V.S. Naipaul as the 2001 Recipient."  The discussants are:  

Carol Motta (Lecturer, Department of Comparative Literature, Penn State University)

Cary Fraser (Assistant Professor, African and African American Studies, Penn State University)

Daniel Walden (Emeritus Professor of American Studies, English, and Comparative Literature, Penn State University)

Bill Welch, Mayor, State College

Kang Liu, Coordinator

Monday, January 15, 2001
Jeffrey Nealon (Associate Professor of English at Penn State): "Learning from Las Vegas II: Empire of the Intensities".

Friday, January 19, 2001 
Andrzej Warminski (Professor of Comparative Literature, University of California at Irvine): "Worked OR: Aesthetic Ideology/Material Inscription" (On Hegel's Aesthetics and Keats's Urn)

Monday, January 22, 2001
Kathy Komar (Professor of German and Comparative Literature, and Associate Dean of the Graduate Division, University of California at Los Angeles):  "Klytemnestra in the Late Twentieth Century."

Friday, January 26, 2001 
Beatrice Hanssen (Associate Professor of German, Harvard University):  "Black Skin, White Masks:  Fanon, Melancholy, and Race."

Monday, January 29, 2001
Reingard Nethersole (Professor of Cross Cultural Studies and Director, Center for International Political Studies, University of Pretoria; also Honorary Professorial Research Fellow, Graduate School for the Humanities and Social Sciences, University of Witswatersrand, South Africa): "From the Market to the Mall: A Comparatist's View of the South African Story."

Monday, February  5, 2001 
Stanley Weintraub (Evan Pugh Professor of English and Comparative Literature Emeritus, Penn State University):  "The Prince of Wales Makes a Royal Progress Through India, 1875-1876."

Monday, February 12, 2001 
Sherry Roush (Assistant Professor of Italian, Penn State University): "What poets mean when they gloss their own verse: The cases of Dante and Tommaso Campanella."

Monday, February 19, 2001 
Robert Lima (Professor of Spanish and Comparative Literature, Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanistic Studies, Penn State University): "Entering Khufu: A Search in Secret Egypt"

Monday, February 26, 2001 
Ronald Judy (Professor of English, University of Pittsburgh): "Global Literature and a Theory of Arabic Literary Modernism."

Monday, March 5, 2001 
Spring Break

Tuesday, March 13, 2001 
David Damrosch (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University): "What is World Literature?"

Monday, March 19, 2001 
Rolando Hinojosa-Smith (Ellen Clayton Garwood Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Texas, Austin): "This Writer's Sense of Place."

Monday, March 26, 2001 
Roland Greene (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Stanford University): "The Problem of the Transatlantic?"

Tuesday, April 3, 2001 
Jonathan Culler (Senior Associate Dean College of Arts and Sciences,  Cornell University): "The Genius of Roland Barthes."

Monday, April 9, 2001 
Dr. Nawal El Saadawi (Egyptian novelist, essayist, and activist for women's rights): "The Situation of the Writer in Egypt Today."

Monday, April 16, 2001 
Calin-Andrei Mihailescu (University of Western Ontario): "Myth and Habit."

Monday, April 23, 2001 
Deborah Starr (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies, Penn State University): "Alexandrian Cosmopolitanism."

Daniel Walden, Coordinator

Monday, September 11, 2000 
A Panel Discussion: Djelal Kadir (Sparks Professor of Comparative Literature, Penn State University); Cathy Steblyk (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Japanese, Penn State University); Ayo Coly (Doctoral Student in Comparative Literature, Penn State University): "News from Pretoria: Current Issues in Comparative Literature as Seen at the ICLA"

Monday, September 18, 2000
Peter Demetz (Sterling Professor Emeritus, Yale University): "The Poets and the Flying Machine."

Monday, September 25, 2000
Helmut Graser (Professor of Linguistics, University of Augsburg) and Beverly Ann Tlusty (Professor of History, Bucknell University): "Women's Literacy and Vernacular Language: Women Healers in Early Modern Germany."

Monday, October 2, 2000
Günter Hägele (Head of the Humanities Library, Keeper of Manuscripts and Lecturer in Medieval History, University of Augsburg): "Princely Treasures:  The Library of the Princes of Oettingen-Wallerstein."

Monday, October 9, 2000 
(Fall Break no luncheon)

Monday, October 16, 2000 
A Panel Discussion: Sonia Torres (Professor of American Studies, Universidade Federal Fluminense); Theo D'Haen (Professor of American Studies and Postcolonial Literatures, University of Leiden); Loes Nas, Professor of American Studies (University of the Western Cape): "New Paradigms: American Studies and Transnational Comparatism."

Monday, October 23, 2000 
Elana Shoham (Chair of the Language Education Program School of Education, Tel Aviv University): "Language Policies and Multi-Lingualism in Israel:  Implications for the United States."

Monday, October 30, 2000 
Sanford Thatcher (Director, Penn State University Press): "Literature and the State of Publishing in the United States Today."

Monday, November 6, 2000 
Ross Brann (Department of Near Eastern Studies, Cornell): "Power in the Portrayal:  Representations of Jews in Muslim Spain."

Monday, November 13, 2000 
The Annual Nobel Prize Panel: "A Panel on This Year's Winner of the Nobel Prize for Literature."

Monday, November 20, 2000 
Kang-I Sun Chang (Department of Asian Studies, Yale): "Gender Theory and Traditional Chinese Literature"

Monday, November 27, 2000
Heinz Ickstadt (Freie Universität, Berlin): "American Modernism: A European Perspective"

Monday, December 4, 2000 
Vincent Lankewish (English, Penn State): "Embroidering Chaucer: Victorian Schoolgirls and 'The Legend of Good Women' Tapestries"

Michael Begnal, Coordinator

Monday, January 24, 2000
Guillermina De Ferrari (Columbia University): "The Caribbean Childhood Story and the Unmaking of the Colonial Body."

Friday, January 28, 2000 
Deborah Starr (University of Michigan): "Border Passings: Locating Egyptian Jewishness." 

Monday, January 31, 2000 
Laura Lomas (Columbia University): "Reading in the Tropics:  Emerson, Martí, Mistral"

Monday, February 7, 2000 
Suzanne Popkin (University of California, Berkeley): "I Can't Speak, She Said: Impossibility, the Holocaust, Duras"

Monday, February 14, 2000 
Mark Munn (Department of History,  Penn State): “Panakton and Athens:  The Archeology of an Ancient Greek Frontier” 

Monday, February 21, 2000 
Nicholas Joukovsky (Associate Professor of English, Penn State): "Romantic Plagiarism and the Tradition of Learned Wit: Sterne, Peacock, DeQuincey, Coleridge" 
Monday, February 28, 2000 
Kathryn Grossman  (Professor of French Penn State):  “Victor Hugo as Pop Icon: Literary and Commercial Fortunes"

Monday, March 13, 2000 
Adrian Wanner (Associate Professor of Slavic and Comparative Literature, Penn State): “Minimalism in Russian Literature” 

Monday, March 20, 2000 
Helga Meise (Philipps-Universität Marburg, Germany): “The Limitations of Family Tradition: Women and Autobiography in 18th-Century Germany" 

Monday, March 27, 2000 
Richard Doyle (Associate Professor of Rhetoric, Penn State): "Dicktations: Informatic Hauntings of Philip K. Dick" 

Monday, April 3, 2000 
Norma Field (Professor of Japanese, Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations, University of Chicago): "Teaching Japanese Literature after the Death of Literature" 

Monday, April 10, 2000 
Niklas Holzberg (Professor of Classical Philology, University of Munich): “Staging the Fringe Before Shakespeare: Hans Sachs and the Ancient Novel" 

Monday, April 17, 2000   
Ami Dykman (Assistant Professor of Hebrew and Comparative Literature,  Penn State): “Poetry and Poetics of Smoking” 

Monday, April 24, 2000 
Neil Donahue (Professor of German and Comparative Literature, Head -  Department of Comparative Literature,  Hofstra University): “At the Heart of the Matter: Desperate Deliberations in Victor Klemperer's Diaries,1933-1945”

Michael Begnal, Coordinator

Monday, August 30, 1999 
John Irwin (Decker Professor in the Humanities, Professor of English, and Chairman of the Writing Seminars, Johns Hopkins University): "Verbal and Visual Narration:  Hart Crane's 'The Bridge' in a Comparatist Context".

Monday, September 13, 1999 
Armin Frank (Professor of American Literature and American Studies, University of Göttingen - American Studies): “Acrobatics on the East-West Cultural Incline: An Intercultural Reading of Ebenezer Cook’s The Sot-Weed Factor”

Monday, September 20, 1999 
Charlotte Holmes (Associate Professor of English at Penn State):  “The Winter Count”

Monday September 27, 1999 
John Moore (Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State):  "The Gods of Spenser's 'Calender'”

Monday, October 4, 1999 
Jeff Nealon (Associate Professor of English at Penn State): "Nietzsche's Money"

Monday, October 11, 1999 
Fall Break, No Luncheon.

Monday, October 18, 1999 
Michael Begnal (Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Penn State): "'I Dig Joyce': Jack Kerouac and Finnegans Wake"

Monday, October 25, 1999 
Susan Squier (Brill Professor of English and Women's Studies at Penn State): "Wireless Possibilities:  Brain Radio, Community Radio, Radio Lazarus"

Monday, November 1, 1999 
Remo Ceserani (Professor of Comparative Literature at the University of Bologna, Italy):  "Postmodernity and Postmodernism in Italy"

Monday, November 8, 1999 
Margaret Menninger (Lecturer in the Department of History at Penn State): "Art and Civic Patronage in Leipzig, 1848-1914"

Monday, November 15, 1999 
No Luncheon.

Monday, November 22, 1999 
Ray Scheindlin (Professor of Jewish Thought and Medieval Hebrew Literature at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York): Tentative title of talk:  "Translating the Book of Job

Monday, November 29, 1999 
Ernst Schürer, Manfred Keune, and Rhonda Duffaut (faculty in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures):  Panel on the Winner of the 1999 Nobel Prize in Literature, and author of  "The Tin Drum" -- Günter Grass.

Monday, December 6, 1999 
Stanley Weintraub (Evan Pugh Professor of Arts and Humanities at Penn State, Department of English): "Sleeping Around with Edward the Caresser"

Robert Lima, Coordinator

Monday, January 25, 1999 
Panel on Nobel Prize Winner Jose Saramago 
Panelists: Gerald Moser (Professor Emeritus, Portuguese and Spanish at Penn State), Dora de Carvalho

Monday, February 1, 1999 
Manuel Delgado (Professor of Spanish at Bucknell University): "The Embroiderers of Desire in the Works of Federico García Lorca, Salvador Dalí, and Luis Buñuel"

Monday, February 8, 1999 
Linda Ivanits (Associate Professor of Russian and Comparative Literature at Penn State): "Biblical Imagery in the Short Stories of Fyodor Sologub"

Monday, February 15, 1999 
Norris Lacy (Edwin Erle Sparks Professor of French at Penn State): "Gargantua in the Land of Arthur"

Monday, February 22, 1999 
Ami Dykman (Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature and Hebrew at Penn State): "Translating Poetry: Some Thoughts on The Case of Hebrew"

Monday, March 1, 1999
Nicholas Rennie (Assistant Professor and Chair of German at Rutgers University): "Moments to (Roll the) Die for: Faust between Pascal and Mallarmé 

Monday, March 15, 1999 
Kang Liu (Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Chinese at Penn State): "Globalization and Cultural Trends in China" 

Monday, March 22, 1999 
Alan Dundes (Professor of Anthropology and Folklore at the University of California-Berkley; contact Linda Ivanits):  "Sacred Writ as Oral Writ:  The bible as Folklore" 

Monday, March 29, 1999 
Li Xiguang (Research Fellow, Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University):  "Media Changes in China Today" 

Monday, April 5, 1999 
George Steiner (Professor of English and Comparative Literature, University of Geneva, Fellow, Churchill College, Cambridge):  "The Crisis of the Word" 

onday, April 12, 1999 
Charles Dumas (Associate Professor of Theatre at Penn State): "SURFACING: A Post Hoc Look at The Movement" 

Monday, April 19, 1999 
Agen Sáenz-Badillos (visitor, contact Ami Dykman, Comparative Literature):  "Medieval Hebrew Literature." 

Monday, April 26, 1999 
Katwiwa Mule (Instructor in Swahili, Department of Comparative Literature at Penn State):  "Writing the Nation:  Gender and Nation Transformation in Ari Katini Mwachofi's Mama Ee."