UChicago Comparative Literature

UChicago Comparative Literature Comparative Literature promotes the multidisciplinary, historically self-reflective and cross-cultural study of texts, traditions, and discourses.

Translation studies is central to Comparative Literature at UChicago. See projects our faculty are working on, including...
02/13/2020
Announcing the 2019 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose Shortlists!

Translation studies is central to Comparative Literature at UChicago. See projects our faculty are working on, including Professor Rachel Galvin (UChicago Comparative Literature, English) who collaborated with Harris Feinsod to translate Oliverio Girondo's first two books of poetry, in "Decals" (Open Letter Books) and was recently named as a finalist on The American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) Shortlist for the 2019 National Translation Awards in Poetry and Prose.

In their bracing translation, Harris Feinsod and Rachel Galvin place this giant of the Argentine avant-garde—at long last—on the map for English-speaking audiences. Hailed by contemporaries Pablo Neruda for his “iconoclastic excess” and Jorge Luis Borges for his “frightening efficiency,” Girondo’s inimitable combination of wry cosmopolitanism and visceral pathos has been a touchstone for generations of 20th– and 21st-century Latin American writers. Feinsod and Galvin capture Girondo’s biting cultural critique, verbal legerdemain, and visual nuance with expert penetration while seamlessly transmitting the mischievous exuberance of his rhythm and syntax.

Black Students at the University of Chicago Lab High School pen an open letter to school to address diversity and racism...
01/20/2020
Black Students at the University of Chicago Lab High School pen an open letter to school to address diversity and racism on campus.

Black Students at the University of Chicago Lab High School pen an open letter to school to address diversity and racism on campus.

The University Of Chicago Lab School located in the Hyde Park neighborhood, is a private co-ed school affiliated with the University of Chicago. Recently named one of the top five STEM Schools in the nation, the elite private school has a black student population of about 9% with a little over 19% o...

The Department of Comparative Literature is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to help with clerical work and pr...
01/06/2020
Project Assistant at Department of Comparative Literature | Handshake

The Department of Comparative Literature is seeking an undergraduate student assistant to help with clerical work and projects. Please review the below job posting, and to apply, email the dept administrator Ingrid Sagor ([email protected]) your resume and a brief letter of interest.

The department of Comparative Literature seeks a motivated and organized student to assist the department administrator and faculty with clerical office support and project assistance as needed. Additional responsibilities may include event planning and day-of coordination, and writing...

Reminder that Graduate and Undergraduate Registration/Bidding for Winter 2020 will begin Nov 18th. Check out the seminar...
11/06/2019

Reminder that Graduate and Undergraduate Registration/Bidding for Winter 2020 will begin Nov 18th. Check out the seminars UChicago Comparative Literature is offering!

Congratulations to Professor Haun Saussy on his new book “Are We Comparing Yet?”-which we know will be a fundamental tex...
10/30/2019

Congratulations to Professor Haun Saussy on his new book “Are We Comparing Yet?”-which we know will be a fundamental text in teaching and thinking about #comparativeliterature #uchicagograd #uchicagohumanities #complit #uchicago @ UChicago Comparative Literature

Author Interview: On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus, by UChicago Comparative Literature...
10/20/2019
Author Interview: On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus, by Leah Feldman (University of Chicago)

Author Interview: On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in the Caucasus, by UChicago Comparative Literature Professor Leah Feldman. Congratulations Prof Feldman on your CESS book prize!

In this fourth and final installment of our author interview series, we are pleased to welcome Bruce Grant (New York University), in conversation with the winner of this year's CESS book prize, Leah Feldman (University of Chicago) for her work On the Threshold of Eurasia: Revolutionary Poetics in th

University Professor, Haun Saussy's book, "Are We Comparing Yet?" is available as an open source text--link below!On Sta...
10/07/2019
Are We Comparing Yet?

University Professor, Haun Saussy's book, "Are We Comparing Yet?" is available as an open source text--link below!

On Standards, Justice, and Incomparability

Debates about the possibility of an open culture – or indeed about the possibility of an open debate about the openness of culture – often turn on questions of standards. But since no benchmark can be absolute, judgement is a proliferation of comparisons.

Through a series of case studies in everyday and academic comparison (literature, history, politics, philosophy), Haun Saussy calls out the typical vices of comparison and proposes ways to unseat them. For however much it is abused, distorted, and manipulated, comparison retains an essential link to the idea of justice.

Whether scandalous, forbidden, obligatory, deceptive or enlightening – comparisons are everywhere, and this book goes to the root of their persuasion.

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Comp Lit welcome lunch today. It was great to see some returning faces and als...
10/02/2019

Thank you to everyone who came out to our Comp Lit welcome lunch today. It was great to see some returning faces and also welcome new faculty and students to our little corner of the quadrangle! We hope you enjoy a great start of Autumn Quarter! #uchicago #uchicagograd #hydepark #classicsquad #comparativeliterature #complit

Professor Françoise Meltzer's new book, Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945 is out now and available at the The Seminary Co...
09/03/2019

Professor Françoise Meltzer's new book, Dark Lens: Imaging Germany, 1945 is out now and available at the The Seminary Co-op Bookstores, Amazon, and major retailers.

"Can catastrophe and the suffering of others be persuasively represented so as to reduce human suffering? In Dark Lens, FRANÇOISE MELTZER addresses this question fully, with a theoretically versatile examination of attempts to capture catastrophes in words and images. Meltzer stresses the historical and ethical contexts in which these texts demand to be read but recognizes that no amount of theorizing or moralizing will domesticate the upsetting incongruities she lays bare."
--Werner Sollors, author of The Temptation of Despair: Tales of the 1940s

08/29/2019
Praxis Poems: Radical Genealogies of Yiddish Poetry

Professor Anna Elena Torres lecture from earlier this summer on Yiddish anarchism, Proletarian poetry, and Houdini as working-class hero.

July 1, 2019 YIVO Institute for Jewish Research Yiddish Civilization Lecture Series Anna Elena Torres | Delivered in English. This talk will survey the radic...

We are saddened by the loss of Professor David Bevington, preeminent Shakespeare scholar and longtime #UChicago professo...
08/05/2019
David Bevington, preeminent Shakespeare scholar, 1931–2019

We are saddened by the loss of Professor David Bevington, preeminent Shakespeare scholar and longtime #UChicago professor.

Bevington helped build UChicago’s Department of English Language and Literature into a national center for graduate study in the English Renaissance and served as faculty in the Department of Comparative Literature. He was known as a kind mentor and friend to all who interacted with him, and will be deeply missed.

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David Bevington, preeminent Shakespeare scholar, 1931–2019

07/12/2019

We are beginning our summer Faculty in the Field Fridays with photographs from Professor Leah Feldman who has been traveling through the Tusheti region of northeast Georgia. Her beautiful images inspired our series. Check back every Friday for #facultyinthefield images! #uchicago #complit #georgia #research #uchicagograd #humanities #fieldwork

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Prof. Anna Elena Torres will discuss her research in the coming weeks, first at a talk on June 27th at UMichigan, follow...
06/18/2019
Radical Traditions of Yiddish Poetry | YIVO Institute for Jewish Research

Prof. Anna Elena Torres will discuss her research in the coming weeks, first at a talk on June 27th at UMichigan, followed by a talk at YIVO on July 1 (the first day of their summer program).

This talk will survey the radical traditions of Yiddish poetry, focusing on anarchist poetics and the press.

Please join us for a presentation by Nick Estes on his new book, "Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Da...
06/03/2019

Please join us for a presentation by Nick Estes on his new book, "Our History is the Future: Standing Rock Versus the Dakota Access Pipeline, and the Long Tradition of Indigenous Resistance." His talk will be followed by a round-table with Chicago-based organizers from #NoDAPL and Black Lives Matter.

Nick Estes: "Our History is the Future"
TODAY, June 3
4:30-6pm
University Church 5655 S. University Ave

Please join us for a talk by Sarah Pierce Taylor today in Harper Memorial 140 at 4:30
02/27/2019

Please join us for a talk by Sarah Pierce Taylor today in Harper Memorial 140 at 4:30

Undergraduate course bidding and graduate registration begins today, Monday Feb. 25th! We have a number of unique course...
02/25/2019

Undergraduate course bidding and graduate registration begins today, Monday Feb. 25th! We have a number of unique course offerings, including "Stateless Imaginations" taught by Prof. Anna Elena Torres this Spring quarter. More information on this course below, and all course offerings at coursesearch.uchicago.edu or complit.uchicago.edu/courses

Kris Trujillo will give a talk on "Bernard with butler, or Spiritual Bodies that Matter" today at 4:30 pm in Harper Memo...
02/18/2019

Kris Trujillo will give a talk on "Bernard with butler, or Spiritual Bodies that Matter" today at 4:30 pm in Harper Memorial 130.

Join members of the UChicago Division of the Humanities faculty and the Diversity Committee for an event on graduate stu...
02/18/2019

Join members of the UChicago Division of the Humanities faculty and the Diversity Committee for an event on graduate student mentoring and advising.

Wednesday February 20th | 4:00-6:00pm |Classics 110

We will have food & refreshments!

Please join us for College Break day tomorrow, Friday Feb 15th from 11-3 in the Comp Lit lounge, Classics 116 for a day ...
02/15/2019

Please join us for College Break day tomorrow, Friday Feb 15th from 11-3 in the Comp Lit lounge, Classics 116 for a day focused on wellness and community.

We will have food, refreshments, coloring books, aromatherapy, music, interesting conversations, and a supportive and welcoming environment.

Hoda El Shakry will give a talk on "The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb" TODAY, February 14th at 5:00 p...
02/14/2019

Hoda El Shakry will give a talk on "The Literary Qurʾan: Narrative Ethics in the Maghreb" TODAY, February 14th at 5:00 pm in Classics 110.

Anna Cruz will give a public lecture UChicago Comparative Literature "al-Andalus Redux: 'Disobedient' Archives and the P...
02/01/2019

Anna Cruz will give a public lecture UChicago Comparative Literature "al-Andalus Redux: 'Disobedient' Archives and the Postcolonial Lyricist" on Tuesday, February 5th at 5:00pm in Classics 110. Please mark your calendars and join us!

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In fourteen hundred ninety-two, Columbus sailed the ocean blue. This line has been recited by American school children for generations and the ramifications of 1492 continue to be felt throughout the Global South. In this talk, Anna Cruz will explore the ways in which al-Andalus, also known as Islamic Spain, is used in contemporary Arabic and Black artistic and political practices to uncover the past and re-center narratives of the (de)colonized.

01/29/2019

ALL CLASSES are CANCELLED WEDNESDAY JANUARY 30th due to sub-zero temps. STAY SAFE!

We are excited to welcome Monica Gomery to our Queer Jewish Literature class on Monday 1/28. The session will be open to...
01/24/2019

We are excited to welcome Monica Gomery to our Queer Jewish Literature class on Monday 1/28. The session will be open to all, no background or enrollment required! Hope to see you there.

Department of Comparative Literature has launched its new website. It can still be found at: https://complit.uchicago.ed...
01/15/2019
Comparative Literature | Comparative Literature

Department of Comparative Literature has launched its new website. It can still be found at: https://complit.uchicago.edu and features all new and original photography, faculty publications, and expanded information on student workshops, lecture series, and resources. We are very excited about this new website, and hope that it will serve our prospective and current students, and faculty well!

The Department of Comparative Literature promotes the multidisciplinary, historically self-reflective and cross-cultural study of texts, traditions, and discourses. One of the earliest programs of its kind in America, Comparative Literature at Chicago continues to be inspired by the same spirit of t...

Comp Lit graduate student, Sam Lasman will speak on a panel at the MLA tomorrow at 12:00 noon-be sure to check it out if...
01/04/2019

Comp Lit graduate student, Sam Lasman will speak on a panel at the MLA tomorrow at 12:00 noon-be sure to check it out if you are attending!

278: Medieval Transactions in Times of Conflict
12:00 PM–1:15 PM Friday, Jan 4, 2019
Sheraton Grand - Colorado

Presentations:

1: Crusade Lyrics: Poetic and Material Exchanges
Marisa Galvez, Stanford U

2: The Norman Disciplina clericalis in the Shadow of the First Crusade
Gabriel Ford, Converse C

3: ‘Wreke Me’: Otherworld Combat and Otherworld Sex in the Matière de Bretagne
Samuel Lasman, U of Chicago

4: (De)Centered Wales: Remapping Gerald of Wales in the Bodleian MS B.188
Sarah J. Sprouse, Texas Tech U
Presider

Amy N. Vines, U of North Carolina, Greensboro

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11/16/2018
Secret Passageways

Attn: first years!

Navigate your way from Cobb to Walker without ever going outside.

What would happen if we paid wages for all work, including the care, domestic, and crafts labors traditionally done by w...
11/07/2018

What would happen if we paid wages for all work, including the care, domestic, and crafts labors traditionally done by women worldwide? Silvia Federici suggests it would cause a radical revision to the way we understand gendered labor and the nature of our family and social units. Through a Marxist feminist lens, we explore the ways in which devalued labors today present a series of complex social problems ranging from the crisis in eldercare, to the disappearance of female cultural heritage practices internationally.

Join us for a lecture with Melissa Potter on "Equal Pay for Equal Work: Women’s Labor as Resistance through the Lens of Silvia Federici’s Wages for Housework Theory" TOMORROW, Thursday, November 8th at 4:30pm in Stuart 105.

We are thrilled to host four theater-makers and musicians from the Ilkhom Theatre of Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Bata T...
11/06/2018

We are thrilled to host four theater-makers and musicians from the Ilkhom Theatre of Tashkent, Uzbekistan and the Bata Theatre of Almaty, Kazakhstan. They will be in residence November 6 – 15, and we’d love for you to join us for a variety of workshops and events.

MASTER CLASS / Fri Nov 9, 12:30 – 3:20p, Logan Center 501
A presentation by Artyom Kim (see bio below) on the method of collective resonance composing (MCRC), a unique system of organizing a creative process with the fundamental principle of making art within a collective of creators. MCRC is the result of long-term research by composer and director Kim, together with the ensemble for contemporary music Omnibus and Ilkhom Theatre.

The presentation will be followed by a studio class led by Bata Theatre’s Veronika Nasalsayaka (see bio below).

Experience not required. Spaces are limited. Please contact Leslie Danzig ([email protected]).

TAPS WORKSHOP / Tuesday November 13, 4:30 – 6p, Logan Center 701
The artists-in-residnece along with Leslie Danzig, Assistant Professor of Practice in TAPS, and Leah Feldman, Assistant Professor in Comparative Literature, will lead a workshop around issues in adaptation and translation.

PERFORMANCE & DISCUSSION / Wed Nov 14, 6-8:30p, Gray Center Lab in Midway Studios

Sidebar Series presents Mobilizing through Improvisation: A Global South & Southside Chicago Collaboration
This project stages an improvisational collaboration between local electronic musician Brother El from the south side of Chicago with actors and musicians from Ilkhom and Bata theaters of the post-Soviet south, Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan. The collaborative work is centered on the concept of ‘translations’ and is structured around five vignettes from Central Asian poetry, bringing classic Central Asian instruments and synthesizers into a transnational dialogue about movement, connection, sonic mixing, fusion, synthesis and layering.

ABOUT THE THEATRES & ARTISTS
The Ilkhom Theatre is one of the first non-governmental professional theatres in the history of the Soviet Union, founded in 1976 by Mark Yakovlevich Weil and a group of graduates of the Tashkent Theatre and Art Institute. A studio-based theatre, Ilkhom engages its young adult acting students in its performances. The theatre focuses on diversity, producing many plays based on translations of ‘World Literature,’ problematizing the term by generating pieces that engage with the multi-lingual and confessional cultural environment of Tashkent Uzbekistan and its Uzbek, Tadjik, Russian, and Yiddish as well as Islamic, Judaic, and Orthodox Christian communities. In this way, the theatre expresses the at once deeply local and cosmopolitan character of the city. In September of 2007 after the murder of its founder Mark Weil, his former student Boris Gafurov became the artistic director and the theatre was renamed “Ilkhom,“ the theater of Mark Weil.

The BATA Theatre is an independent theater founded by Veronika Nasalskaya in 2017, which produces performances that incorporate traditional Central Asian music and poetry with electronic music and movement work, translating canonical poetic texts to a contemporary context to raise issues around representations of gender and race in post-Soviet Central Asia. The brainchild of the theater was the play ErTostik Groove, a modern epic involving two actors and a sound-transformer. They have collaborated with both the Ilkhom theatre and Omnibus musical ensemble.

Comparative Literature Professor Thomas Pavel will give a talk on "Why Should We Trust Literature?" at the Franke Instit...
10/30/2018
The Franke Forum Presents: Thomas Pavel on

Comparative Literature Professor Thomas Pavel will give a talk on "Why Should We Trust Literature?" at the Franke Institute for the Humanities on Nov. 14th.

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Confidence in poetry and fiction is as natural as the instinctive trust we feel when we talk to other human beings. The fictional, improbable, exaggerate side of literature, however, challenges our initial confidence. Can we reconcile trust and fiction?

Confidence in poetry and fiction is as natural as the instinctive trust we feel when we talk to other human beings. The fictional, improbable, exaggerate side of literature, however, challenges our initial confidence. Can we reconcile trust and fiction?

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