University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages


Our faculty of forty welcomes you to the rich curricula of nine undergraduate majors. We offer students enrichment through studying the literatures, languages, and cultures of an increasingly global society. We teach eleven world languages, film studies, theory, and linguistics. Comparative and transnational studies are emphasized and encouraged. Our Graduate Program is characterized by its balance of Asia alongside Europe and the Middle East, and offers tracks in Interliterary, Interdisciplinary, and Science Fiction Studies. Our passion for close reading and our investment in world literature is informed by the diversity of our texts and of our students themselves. We welcome you to join in the global adventure.

Thomas Scanlon
Professor and Chair, Department of Comparative Literature and Foreign Languages

Language Major Receives Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award

(4/17/2014) Congratulations to Michael Turcios, who was recently named recipient of the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award!

Michael is double majoring in French and MCS (with a concentration in Film and Visual Media), and minoring in Ethnic Studies and Playwriting.

Never content to do one thing, he is also writing two undergraduate theses! Michelle Bloom is supervising his senior thesis for the University Honors Program, "The State of French Horror Cinema: National Identity and Historical Trauma in Post-World War II and Post-9/11", while he is writing "Synonymous with America: Disney, Borders, and Commodification of Cultures," his second thesis, for "academic interest," with Professor Amalia Cabezas. He also did a research project with Keith Harris on "Queer Pornography and Visual Economies" in Winter 2013.

Thus the Chancellor's Undergraduate Research Award, one of two university-wide this year, is not entirely a surprise, but we take pride in his honor. His professional activity (yes, as an undergraduate) includes giving talks at approximately 10 conferences and serving as an Editorial Board Member of the UCR Undergraduate Research Journal (2014). He is headed to USC next fall to pursue an M.A. in Film Studies. He plans to continue with the Ph.D. and to become a teacher-scholar.

Michael also has the remarkable linguistic expertise to work in both Francophone and Mexican cinemas. As a Mexican-American, he also serves as a role model for his peers. He has participated actively in the UCR community, including serving in a supervisory role as resident advisor for the Department of Housing, Dining, and Residential Services since 2011.

All best wishes to Michael on his very bright future!


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