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Faculty Spotlight

NEWS FLASH: We thank Elin Diamond, Professor of English, for 6 great years of service as Graduate Director/Chair of Comparative Literature and we welcome Michael Levine, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, as new Graduate Director/Chair. We welcome back Professor Jorge Marcone to a second 3-year term as Undergraduate Director

Congratulations to the following faculty:

EDYTA BOJANOWSKA has received the 2013-2014 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and will spend the year in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her work in Comparative Literature was recently featured in the Rutgers article "Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Beyond".                                         MICHAEL G. LEVINE has published a book entitled "A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan" (Fordham UP, 2013).                                                 SUSAN MARTIN-MÁRQUEZ, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, has won National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2013-2014.
BEN. SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI, Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature, has received the Warren I. Susman award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to MARILYN TANKIEWICZ, Administrative Assistant in Comparative Literature, who has won the Graduate School-New Brunswick Staff Excellence Award for 2013. Way to go, Marilyn!!

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comparative Literature congratulates DR. SHIRLI SELA-LEVAVI, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Guests in their Own Homes: Homecoming, Memory and Authorship in A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon and the Yash Novels by Jacob Glatstein".

Congratulations also to:

DR. ALESSIO LERRO, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled" From Baroque Allegory to Romantic Sublime: Writing, Images, and Subjectivity in Tesauro, Vico, and Novalis".                    DR. MARIA KAGER, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Bilingual Imagination: Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov and the Making of Modern Fiction". Maria is also the winner of a fellowship from Carolus Magnus Fonds, a division of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds of the Netherlands, and will use the Carolus Magnus fellowship to work on a book proposal and to write two more articles.
MATTHEW MANGOLD,
winner of an "associateship" in the workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages as well as an Individualized Research Practicum through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois.

Congratulations to all!

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A Conversation with Eric Hayot: March 25, 2014

"A Conversation with Eric Hayot:
Literature, World, and Data" 

5:30 to 7pm, Comparative Literature Seminar Room (195 College Avenue).

Professor Hayot (Comparative Literature, Penn State University) will be discussing issues that are central to comparative literary study today: literary "worldedness," the possibilities of global history, and the kind of data that literature is or may aspire to be.

The current President of the American Comparative Literature Association, Professor Hayot has published widely on comparative literary modernisms and on East/West cultural relations. He is the author of Chinese Dreams (2004), The Hypothetical Mandarin: Sympathy, Modernity, and Chinese Pain (2009), and On Literary Worlds (2012), among many other works.

Professor Hayot will refer to two short documents: the Introduction to On Literary Worlds (request a pdf at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ) and the text of a talk from January's MLA Conference (http://arcade.stanford.edu/content/what-data-literary-studies-1).

A reception will follow the seminar; both are open to the public, students and faculty.



Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:16
 
Graduate Colloquium: March 11, 2014

Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Liesl Owens, Ph.D. Graduate Student
Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

"Archive and Incest: Luis López Nieves’ “El conde de Ovando”"

 Luis López Nieves’ short story “El Conde de Ovando” highlights the internal conflicts between different European institutions -the church, the state and the family- during Puerto Rico’s early colonial period and illustrates the ideological conflicts between the traditionally conservative Catholic church versus the emerging scientific, humanistic, and religious movements. López Nieves’ historical fiction also points to the Caribbean present. In this case, the story offers us a way to look at the institutional, political, and cultural continuities between Puerto Rico’s colonial past and its neo-colonial present. This colloquia will focus on the relationship between how López Nieves uses the historical archives to tell his story of the abuse inherent in an incestuous relationship and the sadism of Inquisitorial torture and how these relate to the violence of the Caribbean colonial past and the continued violations of the neo-colonial present.  

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:14
 
Graduate Colloquium: February 25, 2014


Tuesday, February 25, 2014
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

Matthew Mangold, Ph.D. Graduate Student
Comparative Literature
Rutgers University

"WRITING WITH PATIENTS
Medical Insight and Comic Form in Chekhov’s Early Writing

Anton Chekhov (1860-1904) was training to be a doctor when his first stories appeared in St. Petersburg humor magazines. Looking closely at illness histories and autopsy reports Chekhov wrote during his medical training, Matthew compares these to stories the writer published in humor journals during the same period. Medicine drew Chekhov's attention to the spaces of the body and the effects of environmental conditions on the mind. Matthew shows how the writer aligns these concentrations with efforts to master irony and the grotesque in his early comic works.g"

 

Last Updated on Wednesday, 02 April 2014 15:13
 
Graduate Colloquium: February 4, 2014

Tuesday, February 4, 2014
Sergey Toymentsev, Ph.D. Graduate Student, Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

Early Russian Cinema (e.g. Vertov, Eisenstein, Pudovkin, Dovzhenko) is widely represented in Deleuze’s Cinema 1 to exemplify the key components of the movement-image, such as the dialectical montage, the action-oriented narrative and its complicity with a dominant ideological regime. Yet in his second Cinema volume references to Russian cinema almost disappear and predominantly European and American modern films serve to demonstrate the emergence of the time-image. Does it mean that there is no time-image in Russian film? This presentation attempts to answer this question by arguing that the Soviet time-image is a latecomer in the history of world cinema that fully manifested itself only after the Cinema books were published. By rehabilitating the legitimacy of the Soviet time-image in terms of Deleuze’s philosophical aesthetics, the paper will equally address a number of methodological questions. For example, how shall we read Deleuze’s “difficult” books on cinema? According to his metaphysical framework or along the historical evolution of film? What is the relation between philosophy and a history of film? What other national cinematic traditions, unknown to Deleuze, could be viewed in terms of his taxonomy of images?

Last Updated on Friday, 07 February 2014 15:05
 
Graduate Colloquium: November 12, 2013

Tuesday, November 12, 2013
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

Dr. Emily Sun, Associate Professor, Dept. of Foreign Languages and Literatures
National Tsing Hua University, Hsinchu, Taiwan

"Topographies, Archaeologies, Genealogies: Comparative Literature between Past and Future"

Emily Sun Colloquium

Following recent reconsiderations of the discipline in the age of globalization, this
presentation will address the potential of comparative literature to rethink the terms
of a shared and common modernity and world culture by means of renewed attention
to heterogeneous linguistic and textual traditions. It will seek to elaborate this
potential by using as an example recent work on lyricism in the Chinese tradition that
aims to recover persistent patterns obscured by the pre-modern/modern as well as
colonial/post-colonial divides. It will reflect on how such recuperative work may shed
light on the valence and operations of lyricism in other traditions and thereby on
heterogeneous configurations of the common.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 13 November 2013 15:52
 
Graduate Colloquium: October 29, 2013

Walker FlyerTuesday, October 29, 2013
Janet A. Walker, Professor of Comparative Literature, Rutgers University
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

Current, largely eurocentric methods of studying world literature do not sufficiently acknowledge non-Western literatures as part of the world. I want to suggest three fruitful ways to construct a world literature that not only more accurately reflects the composition of the world but also views the world in a more egalitarian way than current perspectives. One of these is to treat world literature from an indocentric, sinocentric, nipponcentric or other non-Western point of view. Another is to treat junctures of aesthetic circulation during which East learns from West and West learns from East. A third is to articulate originary poetic systems of West and East--systems that evolved before the modern period--in a comparative context.


Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 November 2013 15:08
 
Graduate Colloquium: October 15, 2013

Ekrem Ulus ColloquiumTuesday, October 15, 2013
Ekrem Ulus, Ph.D. Candidate in Comparative Literature
195 College Avenue
Potluck - 6:00pm
Colloquium - 7:00pm

In summer 2013, an urban renewal project to restructure Istanbul’s Gezi Park sparked a large wave of protests in Turkey. What made the Gezi protests unique? What brought diverse groups of demonstrators together, such as environmentalists, soccer fans, Kurds, secular nationalists, and even some leftist Islamists? What roles did social and mainstream media play during the demonstrations? Ekrem will discuss the historical and political dimensions of the ongoing nationwide street protests within the context of political Islam in secular Turkey.

Last Updated on Tuesday, 29 October 2013 13:48
 
Comparative Literature Graduation Convocation

Comparative Literature Graduation Convocation
Sunday, May 19th
Comparative Literature Building, 195 College Avenue
College Avenue Campus

Convocation for Doctoral degree recipients & Bachelor’s degree recipients. Graduates should plan to wear academic regalia

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:19
 
Rutgers Day 2013

 Comp. Lit. at Rutgers Day
Saturday, April 27, 2013 (Rain or Shine)
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
72 Lipman Drive, Douglass Campus (Outside Loree  Building)

"World Poetry Day and Kids' Activities"
Map the world at our kids' table! Listen to world poetry in original languages and translations (plus open mic)!

Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:20
 
SAVE THE DATE: Comparative Literature in Dialogue

Comparative Literature - Comparative Media
"Comparative Literature in Dialogue"
Thursday, April 4, 2013
10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Alexander Library Teleconference Lecture Hall
169 College Avenue New Brunswick, NJ



The Rutgers University Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a one-day conference on the theme “Comparative Literature/Comparative Media.”  The conference will feature talks by six internationally-acclaimed scholars who work across the disciplinary boundaries separating literary from media studies.  Comparative literature and its relation to film, graphic narrative, media history, music, and new media art will be among the topics to be explored.  Speakers include Hillary Chute (Chicago), Lisa Gitelman (NYU), Andrew Johnston (Amherst), Lutz Koepnick (Washington University in St. Louis), Timothy Murray (Cornell), and Frances Negrón-Muntaner (Columbia).  Members of the Rutgers Comparative Literature faculty will be discussants.  

Reception following event!

Last Updated on Tuesday, 16 April 2013 12:32
 
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