Program in Comparative Literature

Past Events

"Theory of the Lyric," lecture by Dr. Jonathan Culler
April 22nd, 2015


On Wednesday April 22nd, Jonathan Culler, 1916 Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Cornell University addressed more than one hundred Comp. Litters and friends of Comparative Literature on “Theory of the Lyric,” in anticipation of the publication of his Theory of the Lyric by Harvard University Press in May 2015. Ranging across the European lyrical canon. Dr. Culler proposed a theory of the lyric as addressing our world rather than project a fictional world and also challenged the strongly established assumption that poems exist to be inter- preted. To view a video of Dr. Culler’s lecture, please click here.

"Resisting the Desire for Meaning in Australia's Gwion Gwion Rock Art," lecture by Prof. Brenda Machosky
April 20th, 2015

machoskiFound in Australia's Kimberley, the Gwion Gwion images (also known as "The Bradshaws")  predate the more well-known Aboriginal Wandjina art of the same region but are apparently unrelated.  These are images that we cannot know and therefore should not colonize by "knowing" them.  Resisting the appropriation of these alluring works of art into a western aesthetic, Prof. Machosky suggests that we not know them.  She offerss her particular definition of allegory as a way to experience these works of art while resisting the western metaphysical compulsion to assign meaning. Co-Sponsor:  The Edward A. Clark Center for Australia and New Zealand Studies. View Full Event Post

GRACLS: Digital Humanities & Comparative Literature
April 17th, 2015

DHGraduate Students of the Program in Comparative Literature held a roundtable discussion of the digital humanities in a global or transnational context. The meeting was open to anyone interestd in digital humanities, from experiences practitioners to curious outsides. Hannah Alpert-Abrams briefly introduced the field of digital humanities as it is practiced in the United States, and discussed various ways that DH pushes against tradtional borders, from DHPOCO (postcolonial DH) to Global Outlook:: Digital Humanities and Latin American's RedHD (Humanidades Digitales). Fatma Tarlaci lead us in a conversation about the role of comparative literature in theorizing digital pedagogy, and about digital pedagogy in comp lit (or world li) classrooms. Finally, Jennifer Hecker discussed recent developments at UT Libraries which aim to increase access to and scholarly engagement with digital collecitons and tools at UT. View Full Event Post

A Hemispheric Conversation: Queer/Feminist Independent Publishing Projects ‘Belleza y Felicidad’ and ‘Belladonna*’
April 17th, 2015

Cynthia Francica (Exhibit Curator & PhD Candidate) & Tamara Kamenszain (Argentine Poet) discuss the queer/feminist chapbook exhibit of works by independent presses Belleza y Felicidad (Argentina) and Belladonna* (U.S.). View Full Event Post

“Voices and Critical Views from the Southern Cone/Wallmapu,”
April 16th, 2015


Guest poets Tamara Kamenszain (Buenos Aires, Argentina), Sergio Raimondi (Bahía Blanca, Argentina), and Raúl Zurita (Santiago, Chile) delivered a reading of their poetry at this event. View Full Event Post

Liberté, Égalité, Hétérosexualité: Race and Reproduction in the French Gay Marriage Debates Speaker: Camille Robcis
April 2nd, 2015 22nd

robcisAnti-gay-marriage protests in France have seen an intensifying convergence of the discourses of race and reproduction. While the defense of traditional heterosexual families has often been treated as independent and separate from recent appeals to explicitly racist arguments (notably against the political figure Christiane Taubira), this talk will consider instead the mutual complicity of popular mobilizations of race andreproduction. Seeing these discourses as two constitutive pillars of French nationalism can help to emphasize how French republicanism intersects with populism, homophobia, and racism.This event was sponsored by the departments of English, Comparative Literature, History, and French & Italian, as well as the Center for European Studies.
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Annual Emerging Scholarship in Women's and Gender Studies Conference, Feminist Geographies: Mapping Spaces, Nations and States of Being
March 22nd, 2015

The Center for Women’s & Gender Studies (CWGS) conference offered both undergraduate and graduate students at any recognized university the opportunity to share their research highlighting issues in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies with the students and faculty affiliates of CWGS, The University of Texas at Austin community, and CWGS community partners. The conference invited individual papers, creative writing and artistic posters, performance pieces, and panel submissions from participants in any discipline whose research pertains to any topic in women’s, gender, and/or sexuality studies.
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Sami Shalom Chetrit: Shattered Rhymes
March 9th, 2015


A talk by poet/activist Sami Shalom Chetrit.
Sami Sha- lom Chetrit, a renowned Moroccan- Israeli poet and activist, will discuss his documentary on the award-winning Moroccan-Israeli poet Erez Bitton, the voice of Israel’s marginalized classes for decades. Free and open to the public. Sponsored by the Department of Middle Eastern Studies.
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Jil Jadid “New Generation” Conference in Middle Eastern Languages & Literatures
February 27th, 2015

The Program in Comparative Literature was proud to be a co-sponsor of the annual Jil Jadid Conference, presented by the Department of MIddle Eastern Studies. The 5th Annual Jil Jadid “New Generation” Conference in Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkish Literature and Linguistics, was a graduate student conference held at the University of Texas at Austin, February 27-28, 2015. 
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Laurence A. Rickels: Chow Down: Freud's Primal Fantasy and the Lost Loss
February 17th, 2015

ricklesSponsored by Departments of English, Rhetoric & Writing, Communication Studies, Germanic Studies, DWRL, and Comparative Literature, we are pleased to host Professor Laurence Rickels. Laurence A. Rickels is Emeritus Professor of German and Comparative Literature at the University of California-Santa Barbara, Professor of Art and Theory at the Academy of Fine Arts-Karlsruhe, and Sigmund Freud Professor of Media and Philosophy at the European Graduate School in Switzerland. He is the author of over ten works of theory and criticism, among them SPECTRE, I Think I Am: Philip K. Dick, The Devil Notebooks, Nazi Psychoanalysis and The Vampire Lectures.
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Reading by Cuban Poet Victor Fowler Calzada
October 9th, 2014


Friday, October 9th from 5:30-7:00pm in BEN 2.104 the award winning Cuban poet and essayist Victor Fowler Calzada conducted a reading from his works. View Full Event Post