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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.
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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Foreign Literature Requirements

Comparative Literary Studies

Prospective majors who plan to opt for Comparative Literary Studies are strongly advised to begin the advanced study of a foreign language as early as possible in their academic careers, as all majors are required to demonstrate a sufficient level of proficiency in a language other than English, and are strongly urged to continue the study of at least one foreign language throughout their four years of work.

This option requires students to choose two courses (6 credits) in literature (broadly defined) at the 200 level or above in a department other than English, in consultation with the undergraduate director. Since course offerings in foreign languages and literature vary widely from department to department, students should refer to the Comparative Literature website for model course sequences that fulfill the foreign literature requirement.

Colonial and Postcolonial Studies / Critical Theories and Practices

Students who chose the Colonial and Postcolonial Studies or the Critical Theories and Practices options are required to take, in addition to the 34 credits required for the major, two semesters of a foreign language course (at least 6 credits) or two foreign literature (broadly defined) courses  (6 credits) not in translation. Prospective majors who plan to opt for CPS are strongly advised to begin the study of a foreign language as early as possible in their academic careers and are strongly urged to continue the study of at least one foreign language throughout their four years of work.

Advanced Studies in Comparative Literature

Students who are elegible for and choose the option Advanced Studies in Comparative Literature must take:

  • Four literature courses (12 credits) from the same department/ literary tradition. At least two of these courses must be taught in the original language.
  • Two semesters (or at least 6 credits) of either (1) a classical language; or (2) a non-European language. In case a student chooses a classical or non-European language  for the primary language/literature, s/he may choose two semesters of any other language to fulfill this requirement.
Arabic, Classical
Greek, Modern



African Language Tutorial

Students can study other African languages by formally requesting a tutor to work with under the guidance of Ousseina Alidou, PALL Director and a trained linguist.

Materials are available for instruction in:

  • West African Languages: Akan/Twi, Bambara/Mandinka, Fulfulde/Pulaar, Hausa, Igbo, Krio, Mende, Wolof
  • East and Central African Languages: Amharic, Kikuyu, Kiganda, Oromo, Chinyarwanda, Chirundi, Tigrinia, Lingala
  • Southern African Languages Nyanja/Chewa/ Chichewa, Shona, Xhosa
If you are interested in tutorial African language study please contact:

Ousseina Alidou
Director, Program in African Languages and Literatures
Department of African, Middle Eastern, and South Asian Languages and Literatures

Last Updated on Sunday, 06 September 2009 11:47