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


Position: Part-time Lecturer in Italian

Starting Date:Fall Quarter instruction begins September 22, 2016

Salary: Present Lecturer salary per course is $ 6512.38. Appointment is eligible for renewal each year depending on need, funding and performance. 

Minimum requirements are a Master’s Degree in Italian or related field; native or near-native fluency in Italian and English as well as teaching experience in a University setting required. Priority will be given to candidates with experience and success in teaching all levels of Italian language at an American university. 

UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. 

Duties will consist of the instruction of up to 2 courses in Fall 2016, pending enrollment and funding. The successful candidate will teach Italian language primarily at the Beginning and Intermediate levels (ITA 1-4, Elementary and Intermediate Italain). Reappointment for future is possible; excellence in language teaching is required.

Application Procedure: 

Please provide cover letter, CV, teaching statement, sample syllabus or syllabi, teaching evaluations, statement of contributions to diversity addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through teaching and 3 letters of recommendation. Materials should be uploaded using UCR’s on-line application system: Letters of recommendation must be confidential. Please use the APRecruit system to have your recommenders upload them directly. 

Applicants who use Interfolio should use the feature that allows letters to be uploaded directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as “Online Application Deliveries”. The following link at Interfolio shows how to set up the feature:

Review of applications will begin on August 22, 2016 and continue until position is filled. To ensure full consideration, applications and supporting material should be received by August 22, 2016.

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The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

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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