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Faculty

Lilya Kaganovsky
  • Director of the Program in Comparative and World Literature
  • Professor

Soviet literature and film; film and critical theory; gender studies; sound studies; nineteenth century novel; modernism.

Jennifer Anderson Bliss
  • Lecturer
  • Undergraduate Advisor

20th and 21st c. American, French, and German literature and film; visual culture; comics and graphic novels; trauma and memory studies.

Nancy Blake
  • Professor
  • Director of Graduate Studies

19th- and 20th-Century European and American literature, painting and film; Modernism and Post-Modernism, Interdisciplinary research, Psychoanalytic theory, Women's studies, Translation.

Eric Calderwood
  • Assistant Professor

North African Literature and Film, Modern Spanish Literature and Film, al-Andalus (Medieval Muslim Iberia), Modern Arabic Literature, Mediterranean Studies, Colonial and Postcolonial Studies, Historiography, Catalan Literature and Culture, Travel Writing

George Gasyna
  • Associate Professor

Twentieth-century Polish literature; exile and emigration as discourse and as practice; modernism /postmodernism / avant-garde; cultural studies, especially issues of hybridity and transnationalism in narrative; diasporic and minority cultures.

Rachel Harris
  • Associate Professor

Rachel S. Harris is Associate Professor of Israeli Literature and Culture in Comparative and World Literature and the Program in Jewish Culture and Society at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Her recent publications include An Ideological Death: Suicide in Israeli Literature (2014) and Warriors, Witches, WhoresWomen in Israeli Cinema (2017). She is the book review editor for the Journal of Jewish Identities, and Chair of the Women’s Caucus of the AJS (Association for Jewish Studies) 2018-2020.

Wail S. Hassan
  • Professor
  • University Scholar, 2016-2019

Modern Arabic, Anglophone, Francophone, and Lusophone literatures; literary and cultural theory; narrative theory; gender, postcolonial, translation, and transnational studies.

Stephanie Hilger
  • Professor
  • Head, Department of Germanic Languages & Literatures

18th-century British, French and German literature, comparative literature, feminist studies, literary theory.

Brett Kaplan
  • Professor
  • Director, Program in Jewish Culture and Society

Holocaust Representation (literature, contemporary art), Modern Jewish Literature, J.M. Coetzee

Jean-Philippe Mathy
  • Professor
  • Director, School of Literatures, Cultures, & Linguistics

Interdisciplinary approaches to literature; French and American cultural relations; Modern European intellectual history; Critical Theory; French literature and civilization.

Rini Mehta
  • Assistant Professor

Postcolonial Theory and Criticism, Nationalism and Religion, Globalization, Indian Cinema

Harriet Murav
  • Professor
  • Editor, Slavic Review

Russian culture, film, women's studies, theater, and 19th century literature; also Comparative Literature and Jewish Studies.

  • Professor
  • Acting Head, French & Italian

20th- and 21st-century Italian literature; contemporary Italian fiction; Italian film; critical and interpretive theory, especially psychoanalysis; popular culture; comparative literary studies; genre.

Robert Tierney
  • Professor
  • Head, Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures

Modern Japanese literature, film and popular culture, colonial and post-colonial studies, gender and sexuality, the practice and theory of translation, nationalism & transnational culture.

Jaeger
  • Gutgsell Professor of German

Medieval Latin poetry, vernacular and Latin cultures, history of emotions.

Michael Palencia-Roth
  • Professor
  • Trowbridge Scholar in Literary Studies

Interdisciplinary approaches to literature; Modern Latin American literature; European and Latin American literary relations; the Faustian tradition; theory and practice of comparative civilizational analysis; comparative colonizations; the discovery of America; Freud, Jung, and the history of psychoanalysis; phenomenology and hermeneutics; Indian English literature