University of California, Riverside

Comparative Literature & Foreign Languages


Welcome to our undergraduate majors in literary and cultural studies, languages, and linguistics, and our Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature. In an increasingly global world the study of literatures and languages has never been more urgent than it is today. Our students' writing and research respond to this urgency, producing pluralistic, multilingual, theoretical, and historical forms of knowledge and critique. The literary, cultural, and linguistic fluency and insight one gains through the programs offered by the faculty in Comparative Literature remain for a lifetime. I invite you to join us.

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

Please Join Us for the talk "The Cut of the Shibboleth: Tarantino's Inglorious Basterds and the Globalization of English" by Prof. Mark Redfield on Monday, April 25, 3:30 - 5:00 INTS 1111

Congratulations to Mariam Lam for her appointment to Vice Chancellor of Diversity and Inclusion!

Jeff Sacks wins Harry Levin Prize for Best First Book in Comparative Literature

Iterations of Loss: Mutilation and Aesthetic Form, al-Shidyaq to Darwish 
Fordham University Press (2015)
Jeffrey Sacks, in Iterations of Loss, offers a series of sensitive, evocative readings of Arabic and Arab Jewish texts from the nineteenth century to the present day. Each of these texts is part of the pre-history and history of the events of 1948 that the Palestinians call the “Calamity.” Drawing on Deconstruction and Critical Theory, Sacks builds a complicated image of the relations between language and temporality in the poetic marking of a series of devastating losses—ongoing violence and the displacement of peoples and cultures that is its result. The consonance between the tonality of Sacks’s writing and that of his six authors marks this as an important work ofTrauerarbeit that work of mourning that characterizes so much of the literature and theory of the twentieth century — and thus opens a dialogue between the literatures of the West and the Middle East.

Graduate Student Receives Bruns Essay Prize

(11/13/2015) Brittany Roberts has been chosen to receive the Bruns essay prize at this year’s Society for Literature, Science and the Arts conference, which takes place November 12 - 15, 2015 and a very intellectually rigorous conference that attracts some of the top graduate students from around the country and beyond.

The Bruns Graduate Essay Prize, in honor of Edward F. Bruns, is awarded annually to the best essay written by a graduate student member of the Society for Literature, Science, and the Arts.

Brittany’s winning paper is entitled "Touching Bare Life in the 'Corridor of Absolute Dying': Biopolitics, Necrorealism, and Resistance to 'Making Live' in Evgenii Iufit's 'Spring'".

The Department congratulates Brittany for winning this prestigious prize!



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