Past Events

Personal Attachment, Public Complaint, and the Early Modern Antigone

A Transsexual and Transnational Spain: Crossing Borders with Jose Luis Borau's Cinema of the 70s

Tribute to Jose Luis Borau
 
ASE Commons Spring 2014

 Waging Fictions

Roads We Did Not Choose

 ASE Commons

 Mary Queen of Scots
 
Curious Subjects: Women and the Trials of Realism

 Taper Hall Film Club

 

 Conveniently Authoritarian: Valentino, Mussolini, and 1920s American Democracy

 Pilgrimage to the Past: Modeling the Sites and Sounds of Romanesque Compostela

 The Marrano Spirit: Derrida and Hispanism 

Exposing Belief: What Remains with Photography 

Daring Uses of Language

ASE Commons Fall 2013

What's up with Russia?

Translating North African Literature

"The Interrogation" Screening

Visions and Voices

The Hemi GSI Convergence 2013

Subject and Effects in Judith Butler

Fear of the Files: Archive as Alibi in Post-socialist Poland

Pathologistics of Attention

The Essential Humanities

A two-day event with Professor Christopher Newfield (UCSB)

Posted Feb. 22, 2012


October 17, 1961

The Paris Massacre:  Then and Now

Paris Massacre:  Then and Now

 

Posted Oct. 19, 2011

 


"Comparative Studies:  The Next Generation"

 

Our program is featured on the USC Dana and David Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences' News page. Read the article here

 

 

Posted Oct. 17, 2011

 


 

Recent Activites 

Faculty

 

Roberto Ignacio Díaz co-organized (with Alejandro Lee) a seminar on “The World in the Cultures of the Pacific Rim” for the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in Vancouver, where he read a paper titled “New Worlds of Opera: The Cases of Buenos Aires and Sydney.”  He also gave a lecture at the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese titled “A Slave’s Transports: Caribbean Testimonio and European Opera,” and published Transatlantic Deficits: Alberto Vilar at the Royal Opera House” in Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World: From Conquest to Globalisation (Wiley Blackwell, ed. Eleni Kefala).  In May and June he co-directed (with Daniela Bleichmar) the USC Dornsife summer program in Madrid.

Vincent Farenga was awarded a Faculty Stipend by The Shoah Foundation Institute for training in their Visual History Archive of interviews with survivors. 

Erin Graff Zivin was awarded a Casden Institute Faculty Research Grant and a College Commons Course Enhancement Fund, both in 2010-11. She published 

“Semitic Mysteries, Universal Truths: Jewishness and Arabness in Jorge Luis Borges,” in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 6.2 (July 2011) and delivered several conference papers:  “Crypto-Narratives in the Americas,” Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, San Diego, CA, August 2011; “Aporias of Marranismo.” XV International Research Conference, Latin American Jewish Studies Association, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, June 2011; “Allegory and Hauntology.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, April 2011

Olivia Harrison will be presenting a paper titled “Rethinking ‘Jews’ and ‘Arabs’Through Palestine: Maghrebi Literature and the Politics of Cross-Colonial Representation,” at the international conference “Franco-Maghrebi Crossings,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, November, 2011.

Heather James will be Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Literature, UC San Diego, Winter, 2012.  She delivered several conference papers “Bison Hamlet.”  The Future of Literary Studies, 1500-1800.  Annual Conference of the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, March 2011; “A Double Stranger to England: George Sandys’ Ovid, 1625-1642.”  Early Modern Translation: Theory, History, Practice, Folger Shakespeare Library,  March, 2011; “Time, Verisimilitude, and the Counter-Classical Ovid.”  Shakespeare Association of America, April, 2011; “Elegy and Empire in Anne Wharton’s Love’s Martyr, Or Wit Above Crowns,”  Renaissance Society of America, March, 2011.  

Peggy Kamuf led the Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities on the topic "The Essential Humanities," May-June 2011.  CSLC graduate students participating included:  Colin Dickey, Billy Gunn, Shaoling Ma, Seth Michelson, Jessica Sanders, and Sam Solomon.  Her book To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida was published by Edinburgh UP in December 2010; also published was the essay “In-Habitation,” in Reading Derrida’s Of Grammatology, ed. Sean Gaston and Ian Maclachlan, Continuum, 2011; and her translation of “Volleys of Humanity,” by Hélène Cixous, in Cixous, Volleys of Humanity, Essays 1972-2009, ed. Eric Prenowitz, 2011.  Her conference presentations included “On the Translation of the Seminars of Jacques Derrida,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, November 2010, and at the MLA, January 2011.  She also organized the Derrida Seminars Translation Project’s 4th annual workshop at the Institut Mémoires de l'Edition Contemporaine in Caen, France.  This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Marcus Levitt led the workshop ponsored by the Center for Excellence in Research “Faculty Curation: Developing a Digital Archive to Provide both Content and Context,” September 8, 2011 in Doheny Memorial Library and organized the symposium “Poison Pens: the Satirical Journals of the 1905 Revolution,”  September. 9, 2011, also at Doheny Memorial Library.  He is spending the academic year 2011-2012 in St. Petersburg taking part in editing a critical edition of the works of A. P. Sumarokov (1717-1777) being prepared at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin Hose) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

Natania Meeker was recently appointed to the editorial advisory board of Eighteenth-Century Studies.  She has two articles forthcoming, “Libertine Lucretius” and “Engendering Epicurean Modernities,” in Rivista di storia della filosofia and an edited collection on Hedonic Reading from Oxford University Press, respectively.  Her review essay entitled "Eighteenth-Century Arts of Love" appeared in the fall 2011 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life.

Thomas Seifrid gave papers at two conferences on the writer Andrei Platonov (1899-1951): “Platonov and Dissidence,” at “Platonov Revisited/ВозвращаяськПлатонову,” Universiteit Gent, Belgium, May 2011, and “Platonov’s Blindness,” at the conference “Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, February 2011.  He also spent July at Jagiellonian U. in Krakow again, doing an intensive Polish course.

Carmen Silva-Corvalán: published, with David Eddington, “Variation in the use of deber and deber de in written and oral materials from Latin America and Spain,”  Spanish in Context 8 (2) and presented the paper “Complejidad lingüística y adquisición del español por niños bilingües español-inglés” at the Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina Conference, at the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, June, 2011. She also organized and chaired a colloquium on “Dominance Issues in Bilingual Language Acquisition,” at The International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB8), University of Oslo, Norway, June, 2011.  She was appointed to the Bloomfield Book Award Committee of the Linguistic Society of America for 2010-2012..

Greg Thalmann published Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism with Oxford University Press in 2011, as well as “Some Ancient Greek Images of Slavery” in Richard Alston, Edith Hall, and Laura Proffitt, eds., Reading Ancient Slavery, published by Duckworth in 2011.  He also wrote fourteen entries for The Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2011.

Sherry Velasco’s book Lesbians in Early Modern Spain was published in 2011 by Vanderbilt University Press. 

Alexander Zholkovsky book Poetika Pasternaka: Invarianty, Struktury, Interteksty [Boris Pasternak's Poetics: Invariants, Structures, Intertexts] was published in 2011 in Moscow with NLO.

Graduate Students

Eike Exner (Comparative Literature) presented the paper “Psalmanazar Translations” at the 2011 ACLconference in Vancouver.  He will spend the academic year 2011-12 at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. He has also translated a Facebook game about wizardry from Japanese into English as well as some Youtube videos for Google Japan.

Shaoling Ma (Comparative Literature) presented her paper “Between Bossing and Mending Heaven: A Comparison of Wu Jianren’s New Story of the Stone and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” at the Association of Asian Studies, April 2011, in Honolulu. She received a research grant for summer research in Beijing from the USC US-China Institute and a Fellowship from USC Dornsife College for 2011-12.

Erin Mizrahi  (Comparative Literature) gave the paper “Witnessing Echo: The Traumatic Impulse in Contemporary Feminist Art” at the conference “Echoes of Trauma: Exploring the Intersections of Trauma and Culture” at Louisiana State University.

Samuel Solomon (Comparative Literature) published “‘The Necessity of Reading and Being Read’: Barbara Johnson and the Literary Politics of Narcissism,” in the Fall 2010 issue of differences.

Lucille Toth (French) conducted an interview with our former colleague Peter Starr, titled “La communication ou le risque de sa propre voix(e) – discussion avec Peter Starr” published in Apprendre, Enseigner, Transmettre la théorie, ed. Mirella Vadean, Marengo Press, 2010.  

Lauren Weindling  (Comparative Literature) participated in the USC Ph.D. Student Summer Institute, which awarded funds for summer research and provided research and professionalization training.

Roberto Ignacio Díaz co-organized (with Alejandro Lee) a seminar on “The World in  the Cultures of the Pacific Rim” for the American Comparative Literature Association meeting in Vancouver, where he read a paper titled “New Worlds of Opera: The Cases of Buenos Aires and Sydney.”  He also gave a lecture at the UCLA Department of Spanish and Portuguese titled “A Slave’s Transports: Caribbean Testimonio and European Opera,” and published “Transatlantic Deficits: Alberto Vilar at the Royal Opera House” in Negotiating Difference in the Hispanic World: From Conquest to Globalisation (Wiley Blackwell, ed. Eleni Kefala).  In May and June he co-directed (with Daniela Bleichmar) the USC Dornsife summer program in Madrid.

 

Vincent Farenga was awarded a Faculty Stipend by The Shoah Foundation Institute for training in their Visual History Archive of interviews with survivors. 

 

Erin Graff Zivin was awarded a Casden Institute Faculty Research Grant and a College Commons Course Enhancement Fund, both in 2010-11. She published “Semitic Mysteries, Universal Truths: Jewishness and Arabness in Jorge Luis Borges,” in Latin American and Caribbean Ethnic Studies 6.2 (July 2011) and delivered several conference papers:  “Crypto-Narratives in the Americas,” Society for Crypto-Judaic Studies, San Diego, CA, August 2011; “Aporias of Marranismo.” XV International Research Conference, Latin American Jewish Studies Association, Arizona State University, Tempe, AZ, June 2011; “Allegory and Hauntology.” American Comparative Literature Association Annual Meeting, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada, April 2011.

 

Olivia Harrison will be presenting a paper titled “Rethinking ‘Jews’ and ‘Arabs’ Through Palestine: Maghrebi Literature and the Politics of Cross-Colonial Representation,” at the international conference “Franco-Maghrebi Crossings,” Florida State University, Tallahassee, November, 2011.

 

Heather James will be Visiting Distinguished Professor in the Department of Literature, UC San Diego, Winter, 2012.  She delivered several conference papers “Bison Hamlet.”  The Future of Literary Studies, 1500-1800.  Annual Conference of the Early Modern Center at the University of California, Santa Barbara, March 2011; “A Double Stranger to England: George Sandys’ Ovid, 1625-1642.”  Early Modern Translation: Theory, History, Practice, Folger Shakespeare Library, March, 2011; “Time, Verisimilitude, and the Counter-Classical Ovid.”  Shakespeare Association of America, April, 2011; “Elegy and Empire in Anne Wharton’s Love’s Martyr, Or Wit Above Crowns,” Renaissance Society of America, March, 2011.  

 

Peggy Kamuf led the Mellon Summer Dissertation Fellowship in the Humanities on the topic "The Essential Humanities," May-June 2011.  CSLC graduate students participating included:  Colin Dickey, Billy Gunn, Shaoling Ma, Seth Michelson, Jessica Sanders, and Sam Solomon.  Her book To Follow: The Wake of Jacques Derrida was published by Edinburgh University Press in December 2010; also published was the essay “In-Habitation,” in Reading Derrida’s Of Grammatology, ed. Sean Gaston and Ian Maclachlan, Continuum, 2011; and her translation of “Volleys of Humanity,” by Hélène Cixous, in Cixous, Volleys of Humanity, Essays 1972-2009, ed. Eric Prenowitz, 2011.  Her conference presentations included “On the Translation of the Seminars of Jacques Derrida,” Society for Phenomenology and Existential Philosophy, November 2010, and at the MLA, January 2011.  She also organized the Derrida Seminars Translation Project’s 4th annual workshop at the Institut Mémoires de l'Edition Contemporaine in Caen, France.  This workshop is supported by a grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

 

Marcus Levitt led the workshop sponsored by the Center for Excellence in Research “Faculty Curation: Developing a Digital Archive to Provide both Content and Context,” September 8, 2011 in Doheny Memorial Library and organized the symposium “Poison Pens: the Satirical Journals of the 1905 Revolution,”  September. 9, 2011, also at Doheny Memorial Library.  He is spending the academic year 2011-2012 in St. Petersburg taking part in editing a critical edition of the works of A. P. Sumarokov (1717-1777) being prepared at the Institute of Russian Literature (Pushkin Hose) of the Russian Academy of Sciences.

 

Natania Meeker was recently appointed to the editorial advisory board of Eighteenth-Century Studies. She has two articles forthcoming, “Libertine Lucretius” and “Engendering Epicurean Modernities,” in Rivista di storia della filosofia and an edited collection on Hedonic Reading from Oxford University Press, respectively.  Her review essay entitled "Eighteenth-Century Arts of Love" appeared in the fall 2011 issue of Eighteenth-Century Life.

 

Thomas Seifrid gave papers at two conferences on the writer Andrei Platonov (1899-1951): “Platonov and Dissidence,” at “Platonov Revisited/ВозвращаяськПлатонову,” Universiteit Gent, Belgium, May 2011, and “Platonov’s Blindness,” at the conference “Andrei Platonov: Style, Context, Meaning,” Harriman Institute, Columbia University, February 2011.  He also spent July at Jagiellonian University in Krakow again, doing an intensive Polish course.

 

Carmen Silva-Corvalán published, with David Eddington, “Variation in the use of deber and deber de in written and oral materials from Latin America and Spain,”  Spanish in Context 8 (2) and presented the paper “Complejidad lingüística y adquisición del español por niños bilingües español-inglés” at the Asociación de Lingüística y Filología de América Latina Conference, at the Universidad de Alcalá, Spain, June, 2011. She also organized and chaired a colloquium on “Dominance Issues in Bilingual Language Acquisition,” at The International Symposium on Bilingualism (ISB8), University of Oslo, Norway, June, 2011.  She was appointed to the Bloomfield Book Award Committee of the Linguistic Society of America for 2010-2012.

 

Greg Thalmann published Apollonius of Rhodes and the Spaces of Hellenism with Oxford University Press in 2011, as well as “Some Ancient Greek Images of Slavery” in Richard Alston, Edith Hall, and Laura Proffitt, eds., Reading Ancient Slavery, published by Duckworth in 2011.  He also wrote fourteen entries for The Homer Encyclopedia, ed. Margalit Finkelberg, published by Wiley-Blackwell in 2011.

 

Sherry Velasco’s book Lesbians in Early Modern Spain was published in 2011 by Vanderbilt University Press. 

 

Alexander Zholkovsky's book Poetika Pasternaka: Invarianty, Struktury, Interteksty [Boris Pasternak's Poetics: Invariants, Structures, Intertexts] was published in 2011 in Moscow with NLO.

Graduate Students

 

Eike Exner (Comparative Literature) presented the paper “Psalmanazar Translations” at the 2011 ACL conference in Vancouver.  He will spend the academic year 2011-2012 at the Inter-University Center for Japanese Language Studies in Yokohama. He has also translated a Facebook game about wizardry from Japanese into English as well as some YouTube videos for Google Japan.

 

Shaoling Ma (Comparative Literature) presented her paper “Between Bossing and Mending Heaven: A Comparison of Wu Jianren’s New Story of the Stone and Mark Twain’s A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court” at the Association of Asian Studies, April 2011, in Honolulu. She received a research grant for summer research in Beijing from the USC US-China Institute and a Fellowship from the USC Graduate School for 2011-2012.

 

Erin Mizrahi  (Comparative Literature) gave the paper “Witnessing Echo: The Traumatic Impulse in Contemporary Feminist Art” at the conference “Echoes of Trauma: Exploring the Intersections of Trauma and Culture” at Louisiana State University.

 

Samuel Solomon (Comparative Literature) published “‘The Necessity of Reading and Being Read’: Barbara Johnson and the Literary Politics of Narcissism,” in the Fall 2010 issue of differences.

 

Lucille Toth (French) conducted an interview with our former colleague Peter Starr, titled “La communication ou le risque de sa propre voix(e) – discussion avec Peter Starr” published in Apprendre, Enseigner, Transmettre la théorie, ed. Mirella Vadean, Marengo Press, 2010.  

 

Lauren Weindling  (Comparative Literature) participated in the USC Ph.D. Student Summer Institute, which awarded funds for summer research and provided research and professionalization training.

 

 

Posted Oct. 7, 2011


Congratulations Graduates!

During the 2010 – 2011 academic year, seven doctoral candidates successfully completed their dissertations and graduate from their respective programs in CSLC. 

Colin Dickey

Comparative Literature

Dissertation:  “The End of Illustration: The Photographic Novels of Henry James, André Breton, Virginia Woolf, and W. G. Sebald”

Adele Di Ruocco

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dissertation:  “The Buddhist World in Modern Russian Culture (1873-1919): Literature and Visual Arts”

Allyson Salinger Ferrante

Comparative Literature

Dissertation:  “Emperors of Invisible Cities:  The Sovereignty of the Imagination in Caribbean Literature”

Christopher James Gilman

Slavic Languages and Literatures

Dissertation:  “Killing Culture Two:  Toward an Anatomy of Cultural Transformation in Early Soviet Russia,  1920s-1930s”

Claire Nettleton

French

Dissertation:  “Primal Perception:  The Artist as Animal in Nineteenth-Century France”

Oana Anca Sabo

Comparative Literature

Dissertation: “ The World in the Nation:  Migration in Contemporary Anglophone and Francophone Fiction”

Chia-Lan “Sharon” Wang

Comparative Literature

Dissertation:  “Nostalgia for the Future to Come:  National Consciousness in Post-87 Taiwanese Literature and Cinema”

Our recent graduates have found positions with Hamilton College, Azusa Pacific University, and USC.  Congratulations to everyone and best of luck!

And Welcome to the first first-year class in CSLC!

 

Basile Beaty

B.A. Amherst College, Russian and English (Creative Writing)

Track III, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Kristen Besinque

B.A. USC, Comparative Literature

Track II

Inessa Gelfenboym

B.A. Amherst College, Russian

Track III, Slavic Languages and Literatures

Provost Fellowship

Erin Mizrahi

B.A. U.C. Santa Cruz, History of Art and Visual Culture

M.A. NYU, Media, Culture, Communication

Track I

Laurel Schmuck

B.A. University of Maryland, College Park, Russian Language and Literature

Track III, Slavic Languages and Literatures

College Doctoral Fellow

Posted Sept. 6, 2011