Lectures and Conferences

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 email 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.


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!

New Feelings: Power and Aesthetics Today -- with Steven Shaviro

Flyer thumb February 1st , 2012
Teleconference Lecture Hall, 4th Floor, Alexander Library
4:30 p.m.

Steven Shaviro, DeRoy Professor of English at Wayne State University, holds a Ph.D. from Yale University. His work has been influential in reshaping approaches to both film analysis and media studies, by investigating cinema, popular culture and new technologies in relation to critical theory and recent evolutions in finance capitalism. His newest monograph is entitled /Post Cinematic Affect/ (2010).

PUNSTER PNIN and the YELLOW-BLUE VASS: The Multilingual Characters of Nabokov's American Novels

 Wednesday November 16, 2011
195 College Avenue
6:00 to 8:30 p.m.

This talk explores Vladimir Nabokov’s famous “Conradical” switch from writing in Russian to writing exclusively in English. Maria will analyze the way in which Nabokov develops characters, arguing that their linguistic complexities would have been unthinkable had Nabokov not experienced a language switch himself. That is, Nabokov’s linguistic background determines the creation of his fictional characters, and this distinguishes him profoundly from monolingual authors.

The colloquium is preceded by our annual THANKSGIVING POTLUCK DINNER, led by Marilyn Tankiewicz, who will be sending us a menu on Monday morning--but do email her if you already know what you want to bring. Main dishes will be native (more or less). Side dishes from everyone's home cuisine!

DINNER STARTS AT 6:00 p.m. followed by Maria's paper at 7:00 p.m.

Per usual, Jorge and Elin will bring beverages.

Roundtable “Beyond Creolization and Créolité: New Directions in Critical Caribbean Studies”

 Monday November 14, 2011
Pane Room, Alexander Library
3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Anny Dominique Curtius (French & Italian, University of Iowa)
Aisha Khan (Anthropology, New York University)
Moderators: Yarimar Bonilla (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Anthropology, Rutgers) and Yolanda Martínez San Miguel (Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies and Comparative Literature, Rutgers)

Sponsored by:
The Office of the Dean of the School of Art and Sciences, the Program in Comparative Literature, the Department of Africana Studies, the Department of English, the Center for Latino Arts and Cultures, the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Latino and Hispanic Caribbean Studies.