Comparative Literature

Past Events

2020-2021 Events

Wednesday, March 17, 2021
The Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lecture 
Professor Lydia H. Liu
Director, Institute for Comparative Literature and Society
Wun Tsun Tam Professor in the Humanities, Columbia University
"Wittgenstein in the Machine"
5:30 pm
Via Zoom (please email the department for the link, 
[email protected])


Wednesday, March 24, 2021
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Speaker Series
Professor Kara Keeling
Director of Graduate Studies; Professor in the Department of Cinema and Media Studies and the College, University of Chicago
6:00 pm
Via Zoom (please email the department for the link, 
[email protected])

2019-2020 Events

Fall 2019

Friday, SEPTEMBER 27, 2019
Center of Excellence:  Theatre Without Borders
9:00 am-5:00 pm
Rochambeau House, 84 Prospect St

Tuesday, OCTOBER 8, 2019
The Andrea Rosenthal Memorial Lecture 
James Porter, Irving G. Stone Professor in Literature and Professor of Rhetoric and Classics, UC Berkeley
“The Trouble with Style and the Responsibility of Criticism”
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Monday, OCTOBER 21, 2019
Readings by authors and Brown alumni Lauren Acampora (The Paper Wasp) and Jennifer Franklin (No Small Gift).
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Tuesday, NOVEMBER 19, 2019
Alani Hicks-Bartlett
Postdoctoral Research Associate in French Studies,
Brown University
"Epic Posturing: Bodies, Embellishment, and the Early Modern Turn"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Spring 2020

Monday, JANUARY 27 2020
Noémi Ndiaye
Assistant Professor, Department of English,
University of Chicago
"Black Moves: Race, Dance, and Power in Early Modern Europe"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Monday, FEBRUARY 3, 2020
Miyabi Goto, Postdoctoral Research Associate, Department of East Asian Languages, Literatures and Cultures, University of Virginia
Talk titled: "The Age of Criticism: The Rise of Criticism in Late Nineteenth-century Japan"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Thursday, FEBRUARY 6, 2020
Jeffrey Niedermaier, Doctoral Candidate, Department of East Asian Languages and Literatures, Yale University
Talk titled: "The Poetics of 'Persia' in Classical Japanese Literature: An Exercise in 'Elsewhere Studies”
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Monday, FEBRUARY 10, 2020
Matthieu Felt, Assistant Professor, Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures, University of Florida
Talk titled: "Myth-making in Verse: Banquet Poetry for a Japanese Origin Story"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Thursday, FEBRUARY 13, 2020
Cindi Textor, Assistant Professor, Department of World Languages and Cultures, University of Utah
Talk titled:  "What was Zainichi literature? - Intersectionality, incoherence, and 'post-racial' temporalities in Japan"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Wednesday, March 4, 2020
Nicolas de Warren, Associate Professor, Department of Philosophy, Pennsylvania State University 
Talk title, "War as the Pursuit of Philosophy by Other Means, Philosophy as the Pursuit of War by Other Means: Henri Bergson and Rudolf Eucken"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

TO BE RESCHEDULED--Tuesday, APRIL 21, 2020
The Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lecture 
Professor Jane Tylus
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Free and open to the public. Wine and cheese reception to follow.

Previous Years

Fall 2018

Tuesday, October 11, 2018
Barbara Cassin, Member, Académie française (Elected, 2018); Director of Research Emerita,
Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique, Paris, France
"Untranslatables as a Method"
6:00pm
Cogut Institute for the Humanities
Pembroke Hall, 305
Free and open to the public.

Monday, October 15, 2018
The Andrea Rosenthal Memorial Lecture 
Isabel Hofmeyr, Professor of African Literature, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg, South Africa
"Shore-shaped Story:  How Coast, Colony, and Custom House Conduct Literature"
6:00 pm
Joukowsky Forum at the Watson Institute, 111 Thayer St 
Open to the public 

Thursday, November 1, 2018
Dimitris Vardoulakis, Associate Professor of Philosophy, Western Sydney University, Australia 
"Authority and Utility in Spinoza: From Epicureanism to Neoliberalism?"
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street 
Open to the public

Thursday and Friday, November 15-16, 2018
"Forrest Fete: A Two-Day Celebration of poet, translator and Adele Kellenberg Seaver Professor Emeritus Forrest Gander"
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street

Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Jane Magnusson ('92), Director, with Henrik von Sydow('82), Associate
Bergman: A Year in A Life(2018)
Film screening, Q & A, reception
6:00pm
Granoff Center for the Arts, 154 Angell Street, Martinos Auditorium
Open to the public

Spring 2019 

MONDAY, JANUARY 28, 2019
Renren Yang, Lecturer, Program in Writing and Rhetoric, Stanford University
Talk titled: When a Star Falls from the Milky Way: Screen Mobility, Cynicism, and Han Han’s Celebrity in Post-Socialist China
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

THURSDAY, JANUARY 31, 2019
Lisa Hofmann-Kuroda, Postdoctoral Fellow, Reischauer Institute of Japanese Studies, Harvard University
Talk titled: Jus Sanguinis: Blood Transfusions in Natsume Soseki’s Kokoro
5:30 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2019
Pedro Bassoe, Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese, Willamette University
Talk titled: Ohayō (Bom Dia): Representing Immigrant Voices in Japanese-Brazilian Literature
 5:30 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2019
Anne Rebull, Postdoctoral Fellow in the Study of China, Lieberthal-Rogel Center for Chinese Studies, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Talk titled: Translating Korea to the Chinese Stage: The Politics of Theatrical Adaptation in Tale of Chunxiang
5:30 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

 MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2019
Ron Wilson, Ph.D. Candidate, Department of Comparative Literature, Princeton University
Talk titled: The Artificial Birth of Modern Japanese Literature out of the Spirit of Technology
5:30 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

Tuesday, April 9, 2019
The Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lecture
Biodun Jeyifo, Professor of African and African American Studies and of Comparative Literature, Harvard University
“Decolonization, with or without the mother tongue: The Blinkards (1915) and Translations (1980)”
5:30 pm
Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

MONDAY, APRIL 22, 2019
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Invited Speaker
Jared Sexton, Professor of African American Studies and Film & Media Studies at the University of California, Irvine
"Consumed by Slavery"
6:00 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

 WEDNESDAY, MAY 1, 2019
Alexis Tadié, Professor of English Literature, Sorbonne Université, Paris, France
"Silent Ruins: Syria in the Eighteenth-Century"
5:30 pm
The Brown Faculty Club, 1 Bannister St, Providence, RI
Open to the public

Thursday, April 12, 2018
The Graduate Student Lecture Series

Professor Michelle M. Wright
"Diaspora and Time: The Invention and Devolution of Blackness"
5:30 pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public) 

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
The Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lecture 

Professor Aamir Mufti
“The Nomos of World Literature”
5:30 pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public) 

Monday, December 4, 2017 
Professor Sharon Marcus
“The Drama of Celebrity”
5:30 pm, Robert Campus Center Petteruti Lounge (open to the public) 

Wednesday, November 8, 2017 
Professor Miral Mahgoub A-l Tahawy
"Desert Melody: Female love songs of the Bedouin desert"
5:30 pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public) 

Thursday, November 2, 2017 
Professor Lorgia García-Peña
“Writing from El Nié: Racexile and the Poetics of Dominicanidad in Diaspora"
5:30 pm, CSREA, 96 Waterman Street (open to the public) 

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
The Andrea Rosenthal Memorial Lecture 

Professor Shu-mei Shih
"Relational Comparison as a Method"
5:30 pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public) 

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Professor Jonathan Goldberg 
"Painting Marks"
5:30 pm, Department of English, Barker Room (open to the public) 

Tuesday, September 6, 2017
Professor Jordan A. Yamaji Smith
"Contemporary Japanese Poetry in the World: Engineering an Emergent Translationscape" 
5:30 pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public) 

Wednesday, May 3, 2017
The Graduate Student Lecture Series
Naminata Diabate, Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Cornell University
"Naked Protest and Hospitality in Comparative Literature"
5:30pm, Brown Faculty Club (open to the public) 

Thursday, April 27, 2017
Evelyn Ender, Department of Germanic and Romance Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University
"Handwriting: Glimpses of an Inner History"
5:30pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public)

Tuesday, April 4, 2017
The Reinhold Kuhn Memorial Lecture
Sianne Ngai, Professor of English, Stanford University
"Enter the Gimmick: Technique and Enchantment in the Novel of Ideas" 

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow Cullen Goldblatt
"Political Critique on the Margins of African Literary Canons" 

Monday, November 14, 2016
Susanne Wofford, Dean of the Gallatin School, New York University
"Veiled Revenants and the ‘new source study’:  Euripides’ Alcestis, the Renaissance novella, and Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing "
5:45pm, Maddock Alumni Center (Open to the Public)

Thursday, November 10, 2016
Joshua Oppenheimer, Film Director
Killer Images: Film Screenings of 'Act of Killing' and 'Look of Silence' 
2:00pm-8:30pm (11/10), Martinos Auditorium (Open to the Public)

Friday, November 11, 2016
Killer Images: Master Class for faculty/grad students with Joshua Oppenheimer 
12pm-1:30pm (11/11), Pembroke Hall 205 (Open to the Public if seats are available)

Friday, November 11, 2016
Killer Images: Teach-In on Indonesian History & Politics
J. Oppenheimer, S. Kinzer (Brown), D. Lee (Northeastern)
2pm-4pm (11/11) Kim Koo Library, Watson Institute (Open to the Public)

Canceled-Tuesday, October 18, 2016

Emmanuel Moses, Poet and Translator
Title: TBA
5:30pm, The McCormack Family Theater (open to the public)

Wednesday, October 5, 2016
Elias Muhanna, Manning Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature, Brown University
“Translating a Classical Arabic Encyclopedia”
12pm, Joukowsky Forum, Watson Institute

Monday, September 26, 2016
Peter Szendy, Professor of Philosophy, Université Paris Ouest Nanterre, France
"Of Stigmatology: Towards a General Theory of Punctuation"
5:30pm, Pembroke Meeting Hall (open to the public)

Tuesday, September 20, 2016
The Andrea Rosenthal Memorial Lecture
Emily Apter, Professor of French, Comparative Literature, New York University
"Gender, Ontology, Difference: Derrida and Malabou"
5:30pm, Maddock Alumni Center (open to the public)

"Jacques Derrida: In Between Deconstruction and Psychoanalysis"
Isabelle Alfandary, Professor of American Literature at University of Paris III: Sorbonne Nouvelle
Monday April 18, 2016 at 5:30pm
Maddock Alumni Center 

"People of the Book: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Reading Wars"
Leah Price, Professor of English at Harvard University
Tuesday, April 5th, 2016 at 5:30 pm
Faculty Club

 The Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lecture (Spring 2016)
"Bloodless Prose: Counterinsurgency, State Secrets, and Small Novels"
Joseph R. Slaughter, Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Columbia University
Tuesday, March 22nd, 2016 at 5:30pm
The Faculty Club

Brazenly Brown: The Future of the Past
Roland Greene, '79 and Marianne Hirsch, '70, '75
Thursday, September 17, 2015 at 6:30
Granoff Center Martinos Auditorium

The Other Daemonic: Estranging the Uncanny
March 20 - March 21, 2015
Comparative Literature Graduate Student Conference
Petteruti Lounge, Stephen Robert '62 Campus Center
75 Waterman St. 

Big Comparison: China, India, and the Methodological Cosmopolitanism
Tuesday, February 24, 2015
Lecture by Sheldon Pollock, Arvind Raghunathan Professor of South Asian Studies, Columbia University
Brian Room, Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
5:30pm
Sponsored by the Reinhard Kuhn Memorial Lectureship Fund and the Department of Comparative Literature

DNA, Climate, and Palaeodiet: Scientific Approaches to the History of the Steppe
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Lecture by Nicola Di Cosmo, Luce Professor of East Asian Studies at the Institute for Advanced Study
Smith-Buonanno Hall, Room 201
5:00pm

Emigrés and the Literature of Exile in Post-Revolutionary Europe
Monday, December 1, 2014
Lecture by Ourida Mostefai, Visiting Professor of Comparative Literature and French Studies
Brian Room, Maddock Alumni Center, 38 Brown Street
5:30pm

Tales From a Journalist's Visits to Other Planets
September 22, 2014
Lecture by Ken Auletta
MacMillan Hall 117
167 Thayer Street
5:30pm
A book signing and reception will follow
Sponsored by The Andrea Rosenthal Memorial Lectureship Fund and The Department of Comparative Literature