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We support our colleagues in the Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures in condemning Russia's war against Ukraine. Their statement (, reads: “The Department of Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures at the Pennsylvania State University condemns Russia’s unprovoked war against Ukraine. We, Penn State students and faculty, insist on the preservation of Ukraine’s sovereignty and the safety of its inhabitants. We resoundingly reject the false accusations and historical distortions that the Russian government and its media have used to justify the war against Ukraine. Russia’s flagrant violations of international law and human rights must be rebuked. We are profoundly troubled that by invading Ukraine Russia has placed the world in a precarious condition that threatens to escalate globally so that the stability and security of all nations is now under threat. We urge all concerned citizens of the world to petition their government representatives to rebuke Russia’s assault on a sovereign democracy and to aid the Ukrainian people in their hour of need. We are committed to educating future generations about Ukrainian and Russian languages, literatures, and cultures, so that they may understand the vital role that the national cultures of Eastern Europe play in the modern world. Please join the department in speaking out publicly." March 16, 2022

Congratulations to the organizers, readers, other performers, audience members, university and community dignitaries, and the 16 academic units who joined our SGLLC in sponsoring the very successful Marathon Read event held in a tent on Pattee Mall on Thursday, September 21. This project celebrated the shared appreciation of literature (and music) nonstop from 9:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., on the theme "Arrivals."  A special thanks to this year's SGLLC organizing team: Olivia Beveridge (SGLLC staff), Forrest Finch (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), and Romi Roman Cabrera (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese). The SGLLC will next organize the annual Marathon Read in Fall 2025 (for hosting, we rotate with English). 

 whose article “Affectation in the Affect Nation: The Re-arrival of Singapore's Affective Laborers” has been published in the most recent issue of ariel: A Review of International English Literature54.3 (2023). The article is available here.

Ibis Sierra Audivert (Spanish, Italian, and Portugues), Camila Gutiérrez Fuentes (Comparative Literature)Hannah Matangos (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures), Jacqueline García Suárez (Spanish, Italian, and Portuguese), and Chrisann Zuerner (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures) who were featured in the PSU news article, Visual studies dual-title doctoral program graduates first cohort, published on Monday, September 11. The article also features Daniel Purdy (Germanic and Slavic Languages and Literatures) who co-directs the dual-title visual studies Ph.D. program with Christopher Reed (English). 

 for the publication of the chapter "Coetzee's Latin America" in The Bloomsbury Handbook to J.M. Coetzee (2023); more information can be found here. 

for the publication of the article “‘At Sea, At Odds, Astray, Adrift’: Linguistic Destabilization in Jhumpa Lahiri’s Self-Translated Novel Whereabouts in Journal of Literary Multilingualism, 2023, 1-17. The article is available here. 

whose article “Sonic Sensibility: Reading the Soundscape in Zimbabwean Diasporic Literary Works” was accepted for publication by the Journal of African Cultural Studies in the special issue, African Sounds.

who passed the Comprehensive Exam. 

who passed the Comprehensive Exam. 

The Department of Comparative Literature welcomes Nick Johnson, Abby Ryder-Huth, Mariam Serif SafyeldeenHans Suand Yanqing Shen; and visiting Fulbright scholar Sarah Morsy. 

The Department of Comparative Literature welcomes new faculty: Eunice Lim, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow; and Liz Schoppelrei, Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow. 

The Department of Comparative Literature congratulates Jonathan Correa (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Minor in English), Camila Gutiérrez Fuentes (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Visual Studies), Liz Schoppelrei (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies), and Jiaxin Yan (M.A. in Comparative Literature).


The Department of Asian Studies congratulates Eunice Lim (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies) and Kendra McDuffie (Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Asian Studies).

who was a recipient of the 2023 Liberal Arts Student Award for Research on Sustainability for the project “Grassroots Ecopoetics in Brazil: Contemporary Cordel on the Life and Death of the Amazon.

who was selected as a Fall 2023 Graduate Student Resident by the Humanities Insitute Graduate for the project, “The Memory of the Senses: Visceral Poetics in Contemporary Arabic and Persian Literature of Dispossession in the Gulf.” 


whose article, “A Spectral Archive: Mona Kareem’s Feminist Imaginary inInāth al-Ashbāḥ (Femme Ghosts)has been accepted for publication in the peer-reviewed journal Feminist Formations journal for the National Women’s Studies Associate (NWSA).

for successfully defending the dissertation, The Origins, Migrations, and Queer Imaginations of Global Women's Comics Cultures. 

whose interview with the writer Mariana Enríquez for the podcast Novel Dialogue was posted on June 1. The interview is available on Apple Podcasts, and further information on the episode can be found here.