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Apr 2021

Wrestling with Redemption: A. B. Yehoshua’s Retrospective Imagination

Apr 22, 2021 @ 12:00 pm 1:15 pm

Wrestling with Redemption: A. B. Yehoshua’s Retrospective Imagination Thursday, April 22 12:00 PM – 1:15 PM Pacific Time RSVP Here Yael Halevi-Wise will talk about her recent book, The Retrospective Imagination of A.B. Yehoshua(2020), which examines the work and ethos of one of Israel’s foremost contemporary authors. An internationally-recognized novelist, the New York Times has called Yehoshua the “Israeli Faulkner.” Co-sponsored by the UCLA Alan D. Leve Center for Jewish Studies and the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature. About the Program Exploring…

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The Lesbian Subjectivity in Contemporary Arabic Literature: Between Discipline and Punishment

Apr 16, 2021 @ 11:00 am

Mellon Minorities in the Middle East & North Africa Series A lecture by Dr. Iman Al-Ghafari, moderated by Robert J. Farley (UCLA) Friday, April 16, 2021 11:00 AM (Pacific Time)   Click Here to RSVP   Lesbian subjectivities have persistently been neglected, suppressed, misrepresented, or portrayed through the lenses of the inherited and recycled moral views in the mainstream Arab, Islamic and Middle Eastern cultures. In such oppressive socio-political contexts, the independent lesbian subjectivity remains engulfed within the heterosexual morality of…

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Mar 2021

Dr. Leila Pazargadi: “Autographics & the Archive: Visualizing Memory & Trauma in Southwestern Asian Graphic Memoirs”

Mar 1, 2021 @ 5:00 pm

Lecture by Dr. Leila Pazargadi Associate Professor of English, Nevada State College “Autographics & the Archive: Visualizing Memory & Trauma in Southwestern Asian Graphic Memoirs”   Monday, march 1, 2021 at 5:00 PM PST LECTURE VIA ZOOM CLICK HERE TO RSVP   ABOUT THE LECTURE Since its reformulation as a historical and autobiographical storytelling tool in Art Spiegelman’s serialization of the Holocaust in Maus (1980), the comics form has allowed political storytellers to engage in revisiting, recreating, and retelling memories of trauma…

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Feb 2021

Hebrew Poetry of Life & Love: Rachel Bluwstein, Leah Goldberg and Naomi Shemer

Feb 10, 2021 @ 11:00 am

Israeli poetesses Leah Goldberg (left), Rachel Bluwstein, and Naomi Shemer. (Courtesy: Grubner/Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Wikimedia.org; and Wikipedia, respectively; cropped). Used under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 Nili Alon Amit, a Visiting Scholar at the UCLA Y&S Nazarian Center for Israel Studies, will discuss the works of several important Israeli poetesses Rachel Bluwstein and Leah Goldberg, and beloved songwriter Naomi Shemer, and relate them to world philosophy and literature of happiness. RSVP HERE Click the link above to register and join the…

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Jan 2021

Book Talk: Domenico Ingenito’s “Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry”

Jan 27, 2021 @ 10:00 am

Book Launch: Domenico Ingenito’s Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry (Brill, 2020) A conversation with Paul Losensky (Indiana University) and Jane Mikkelson (University of Virginia) Wednesday, January 27, 2021 10:00 AM (Pacific Time) Click Here to RSVP Beholding Beauty: Saʿdi of Shiraz and the Aesthetics of Desire in Medieval Persian Poetry explores the relationship between sexuality, politics, and spirituality in the lyrics of Saʿdi Shirazi (d. 1292 CE), one of the most revered masters…

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Dec 2020

UC Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA | Alex Ross: Wagner & Hollywood

Dec 3, 2020 @ 5:00 pm

  THURSDAY DEC 3, 2020 | 5 PM PST Co-presented with the UCLA Departments of Comparative Literature and Musicology and the Hammer Museum UC Regents’ Lecturer at UCLA in the Department of Comparative Literature Alex Ross, the longtime music critic of The New Yorker, discusses his recently released third book, Wagnerism: Art and Politics in the Shadow of Music. Ross’s first book, The Rest Is Noise: Listening to the Twentieth Century, won a National Book Critics Circle Award and the Guardian First Book…

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Sep 2020

Fall 2020 Welcome Week Open House!

Sep 30, 2020 @ 3:00 pm 4:00 pm

Please join the UCLA Department of Comparative Literature for our Fall 2020 Welcome Week Open House! This event will take place via Zoom on Wednesday, September 30th at 3:00 p.m. (right after the Humanities Welcome). The Open House will be a great opportunity to meet both new and continuing students, ask questions of our department faculty, and learn what it means to be a part of the Comparative Literature community at UCLA! If interested in attending, please RSVP at the…

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May 2020

[Event Canceled Due to Campus Closure] 7th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture in Translation and Translation Studies

May 11, 2020 @ 5:00 pm 7:00 pm

[Event Canceled Due to Campus Closure] Please join the Departments of Comparative Literature and Slavic, East European, and Eurasian Languages and Cultures on Monday, May 11th at 5:00 p.m. for a lecture from Professor Maureen Freely, University of Warwick, entitled, “DRAGOMAN: Translators in the World.” This event is part of the 7th Annual Michael Henry Heim Memorial Lecture in Translation and Translation Studies. The lecture will take place at Kaplan Hall 193 and a light reception will follow. Please RSVP for…

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Jan 2020

“‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan” – “UCLA Comparative Literature in the World” Lecture by Alumnae Dr. Maryam Wasif Khan

Jan 14, 2020 @ 5:30 pm 7:00 pm

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature on Tuesday, January 14th from 5:30 – 7:00 p.m. for a lecture from Professor Maryam Wasif Khan of the Gurmani School of Humanities and Social Sciences at the Lahore University of Management Sciences entitled, “‘Ten Tongues and Ten Mouths’: Reading the Iliad in post-9/11 Pakistan.” This event is part of “UCLA Comparative Literature in the World,” a series of talks from recent department graduates sponsored by the Division of Humanities. The lecture will…

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Nov 2019

“The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos” Reading and Book Signing with UCLA Lecturer Dr. Susannah Rodriguez Drissi

Nov 20, 2019 @ 12:00 pm 2:00 pm

Please join the Department of Comparative Literature on Wednesday, November 20th at 12:00 p.m. for a reading and signing of Dr. Susannah Rodríguez Drissi’s new poetry collection, The Latin Poet’s Guide to the Cosmos. The event will be hosted at Kaplan Hall 348. Special guests include writer, actor, and translator Magdalena Edwards (Clarice Lispector’s The Chandelier), who will offer introductory remarks and read from the collection, and Yalil Guerra (Latin Grammy Award-winner composer and musician) and Justin Lack (percussionist, Graham Bonnet…

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