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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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Continuing students may use the on-line registration system ( to register until Friday, January 13, 2012.   New students admitted for Spring 2012 may register in person at the Graduate Registrar through Monday, January 23, 2012 without a late fee.

Permission from the Office of the Dean is required for: undergraduates wishing to enroll in graduate courses, credit overloads (17 credits or more including assistantship credits), and courses at Princeton, University of Pennsylvania, Inter-University Doctoral Consortium, RWJ Medical School, School of Public Health,  NB Theological Seminary, Drew University, NJIT.
December - January
To activate your registration you must pay and submit your term bill. Once you have registered, your term bill will be available on-line http// and you will be able to confirm your attendance or make payment.  Payment can be made on-line, by mail or in person at your local Cashier's office.  To avoid late payment fees students are advised to pay immediately.  Late payment fees are now $125.00.  Payroll deduction is available for most students on assistantships or fellowships. Payment plans are available and to enroll visit the following website:

Friday, January 6, 2012
Last Day for submission and approval of completed theses and dissertations electronically and/or candidacy forms to receive a January degree.  Students who previously filed a diploma application for October 2011 must file a new diploma application by this date. 
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Friday, January 13, 2012
Deadline for Spring registration.  After this date, students will be charged $50.00 late registration fee. 
New Students admitted for Spring 2012 may register until Monday, January 23rd.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Spring term begins.  Complete withdrawals from the University on or after this date yield prorated refunds during the first six weeks of the semester.  Courses with less than five students are subject to cancellation.

Friday, January 27, 2012
Last day to register for the Saturday, February 11th foreign language exam.  Information and applications for these exams may be obtained from the Language Lab website:

Tuesday, January 24, 2012
Last day students may drop courses without a W grade on the web.  An advisor’s approval is not required for course dropped through this date.  Any course dropped during this period will be removed from the transcript.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012
Last Day students may add courses without permission on the web.

Wednesday, January 25 - Monday, January 30, 2012
Students may drop courses without a W grade in person only at the Registrar’s Office, the  Graduate School-New Brunswick, or their graduate program office.   If students drop on the web a W will be posted and tuition will be charged.

Thursday, January 26 - Monday, January 30, 2012
Students may add courses without permission in person only at the Registrar’s Office, the Graduate School-New Brunswick, or their graduate program office. Students will not be able to add courses on the web.

Tuesday, January 31, 2012
As of this date, students must have the approval of an advisor and the Graduate School-New Brunswick in order to add course(s).  Adds must be done in person.

As of this date, drops result in a W being posted on the transcript and a tuition charge.  Drops will be possible on the web or in person through the 7th week of the term with a W grade and tuition charge. 
Friday, March 30, 2012
Last Day to register for the Sunday, April 15th foreign language exam.
Information and applications for these exams may be obtained from the Language Lab website:

Monday, March 5 - Tuesday, April 17, 2012
All requests for course drops and changes to audit/not for credit status (N credit) during this period must be approved by the Office of the Dean and must be accompanied by a letter from the instructor of the course indicating grade and/or academic status of the student as of that date.  Only students in good academic standing will be permitted to withdraw.  A “W” will be posted on the transcript.  Students are subject to failing grades at the discretion of the instructor.

Thursday, March 15, 2012
Last day to file a diploma application for a May dated degree.  Students who did not complete degree requirements for a previously filed January 2012 degree date must file a new diploma application by this date.  The diploma website:

Wednesday, April 18, 2012
No further course withdrawals or changes to audit/not for credit (N credit) status will be approved as of this date.

                         *************                   MONDAY, APRIL 16, 2012            **************
Last day for submission and approval of completed theses and dissertations electronically, candidacy, and all forms to receive a May degree:

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
End of term. 
Change of INC grades for Spring term 2012 must be received the Office of the Dean by this date.
Application forms for extension of time on INC grades are available.
Last day to submit grade rosters.
Research (700 level) and N-prefix registrations are to be graded either S (satisfactory), U (unsatisfactory), or INC (incomplete).  Grades of “NG” (no grade given) will be posted by the Graduate Registrar for any grades left blank on rosters. “NG” converts to an “F” grade at the end of the next term.  Students who have not completed work should be given an INC.  Students who did not attend the course should be referred to the Office of the Dean.

Sunday, May 13, 2012
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