Recent News

Congratulations to the Class of 2017 and to the 2017 Award Recipients in Comparative Literature!

May 12, 2017

We are proud to announce the list of students in our graduating class of 2017:

Undergraduate Students:
Christine Legros
Jiang Li
Juliana Sass

Graduate Students:
Guangchen Chen
Xiaolu Ma
Tony Qian
Yanping Zhang
Alice Xiang
Miya Qiong Xie

It is also a great pleasure to announce this year's winners of the following prizes:

Christine Legros (pictured here) received a Hoopes Prize for her Comp Lit Senior thesis entitled “In the Form of a Dwelling: Translating the Self in Alejandra Pizarnik’s Diarios.” Christine was mentored by Professor James Engell and tutored by Matylda Figlerowicz.

The 2017 Comparative Literature Susan Anthony Potter Graduate Prize winner is Thomas Wisniewski with his essay entitled "On Elephant Executions."

The 2017 Susan Anthony Potter undergraduate award was received by Edith Enright for her paper entitled “The Painting-Poem: Image in Wang Wei’s Landscape Poetry.” This prize rewards an undegraduate student essay "on some subject of Comparative Literature drawn from the Middle Ages or the Renaissance."

The 2017 Comparative Literature Luisa Vidal de Villasante prize winner is Francesca Bellei for her essay entitled " Border Queers: Writing the Gender of Boundaries."

Thank you to the Comparative Literature Prize committee, Julie Buckler, Gregory Nagy, and Marc Shell, for reading and awarding the 2017 Susan Anthony Potter and Luisa Vidal de Villasante prizes.

Our heartiest congratulations to all for their excellent work!

The Department of Comparative Literature

Here are some photos of the Commencement 2017 celebrations

Congrats to Maryam Monalisa Gharavi for making it into "20 Translators Under 40" list after publishing two books in 2016

April 11, 2017
Monalisa Gharavi

Comp Lit Alum Maryam Monalisa Gharavi makes it into "Culture Trip's 20 Translators Under 40" list after publishing two books in 2016:

-   Her first book is a literary translation of Syrian-Brazilian poet and artist Waly Salomão, Algaravias: Echo Chamber (PEN Award for Poetry in Translation nominee; published by Ugly Duckling Presse).

-    Her second book is her first volume of poetry, The Distancing Effect (published by BlazeVOX), based on the concept of Verfremdungseffekt. First used by Bertolt Brecht in the essay “Alienation Effects in Chinese Acting” (1936), the term is often wrongly translated as “distancing effect” but signifies “making strange” (Russian: прием остранения priyom ostraneniya). Rather than solely lean on Brecht’s notion of “theatrical alienation,” however, the book takes the notion of estrangement literally, conjuring distance as geographic, mobile, combative, ambulant, and oppositional.

Our heartiest congratulations to Monalisa for her two books and for this fantastic piece of news!

Video of the talk: Sharing One Harvard: Susan Suleiman in Conversation with Mohsen Mostafavi at the Graduate School of Design

March 9, 2017

We are pleased to be able to share the video of last week's presentation by Professor Susan R. Suleiman, C. Douglas Dillon Professor of the Civilization of France and Professor of Comparative Literature, at the Graduate School of Design as part of the 'Sharing One Harvard' series: Mohsen Mostafavi with Susan Suleiman on "The Némirovsky Question: The Life, Death, and Legacy of a Jewish Writer in Twentieth-Century France"

Congratulations to all the Comp Lit recipients of a Fall 2016 Teaching Award from the BOK Center

March 7, 2017
BOK award

Please join us in congratulating all the recipients of a Fall 2016 Teaching Award from the Bok Center in the Department of Comparative Literature!

Lecturer Certificate of Excellence
Cécile Guédon - COMPLIT 119: Poetry in Flux– Dance Afoot

Graduate Students TFs Certificates of Distinction
Daniel Behar - ENG 190WE: David Foster Wallace
Marina Connelly - CULTBLF 53: Sacred and Secular Poetry
Yun Ni - CULTBLF 45: History of the English Language
Hudson Vincent - ENG 131P: Milton’s Paradise Lost

Our heartiest congratulations to all for this excellent work!