News and Events
Meet the Majors: German, Russian and Asian Languages and Literature (GRALL) & Comparative Literature and Culture (COML)
Stop by to meet students from the Comparative Literature and Culture (COML) program! Refreshments and great (sometimes even multi-lingual!) conversations provided!
Mega Language Lunch
You are cordially invited to the 2019 Mega Language Lunch!
The World Languages and Cultures Committee with generous support from the Division of Humanities, the Provost and the Dean of Arts and Sciences, invite all members of the Brandeis Community (students, faculty, and staff) to experience and celebrate the linguistic diversity of Brandeis during the "I'm Global Week 2019."
The Mega Language Lunch will feature individual language tables for speakers of the following languages - Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Russian, and Spanish. If you speak one or more of these languages, please join us at this event. You can stay for a few minutes or for the entire hour. If you speak several languages, you can visit multiple tables! No matter your level of proficiency, you are welcome! The only rule is NO ENGLISH! Please speak only the language of a specific table (tables) during your visit (you will take a mini language pledge before entering the room).
There will be a buffet lunch for the first 10 people who register for a particular table. Please note that priority is given to undergraduate students. You are welcome to bring your own lunch or share the small desserts and snacks provided at the language tables. While we do not guarantee that you will be able to get free food at the event, we hope you will come to celebrate and support language diversity at Brandeis.
The sign-up will be open on November 1st.
SIGN UP for the Language Lunch
Maddie Herrup named World Languages and Cultures Fellow for 2019-2020
A message from Maddie:
I am a sophomore at Brandeis. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, PA, I am a double major in Anthropology and HSSP, while additionally pursuing Judaic Studies. Some of my many passions include Judaism, religion, prayer, writing, openly discussing mental health and illness, and (yes) language learning.
Prior to university, I studied Spanish for 10 years, Hebrew for 7 years, and Mandarin for 4 years. Since starting at Brandeis I have continued my Hebrew studies and began learning Arabic (Modern Standard).
To me, language learning can build connections that transcend borders, and other physical or intangible barriers that exist within our world. Language learning, for me, has allowed me to expand my ways of thinking about the world and the individuals that exist within it.
As the new WLC fellow, I am not only hopefully a resource for students but also for instructors as well. To help in doing this, I would love to have any and all input or fun facts throughout my time as a fellow, from you all as instructors! I hope to create meaningful posts for everyone who chooses to follow the page. And I hope throughout the semester you all will communicate with me on what I can do to boost involvement and interest in the languages you all teach!
For questions or more information, email Maddie Herrup or check out the Brandeis Language Learning Facebook and Instagram pages!
Check out the small seminar-style courses that will be offered in the Division of the Humanities for the Fall 2019 semester here: Fall 2019 Small Seminar Guide
The purpose of this guide is to draw your attention to Fall 2019 courses in the small seminar format, courses you might not hear about otherwise. Small seminars in the humanities provide opportunities to:
- engage in deep, interactive inquiry through focused discussion;
- explore other cultures and others’ lives;
- get to know faculty members on an individual level;
- meet students from a wide range of backgrounds.
Most of the courses listed here, those in the first section, are conducted entirely in English, although the second section includes courses taught in several other languages.New student enrollment begins July 9, and general registration reopens on July 17.
May 3, 2019
This presentation is about intertextuality and literary form in the deathbed narratives of modern Japanese haiku poet Masaoka Shiki (1867-1902). In the narrative entitled Six-foot Sick Bed (1902; Byōshō rokushaku), Shiki constructs a persona of a madman who writes in different registers and genres, and ventriloquizes poets from multiple literary traditions, including British Romantic poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge (1772-1834). Through an examination of the intertextual relationships between Shiki and Coleridge, this talk offers two claims: in narrating his own death, Shiki brings to life a crisis of form in early nineteenth-century British Romanticism; Shiki’s compulsion to safeguard his words in the voices of others is symptomatic of his own anxiety about literary form at the turn of the twentieth century. Shiki’s compulsion to safeguard his words in the voices of others is symptomatic of his own anxiety about literary form in Japanese literature at the turn of the twentieth century.
Dr. Mewhinney is a Visiting Assistant Professor of Japanese in the Department of World Languages and Literatures at Boston University. His research focuses on lyric poetry, lyric theory, literati culture, and the relationship between prose and poetry in premodern and modern Japanese literature.
April 5, 2019
Dr. Ishida received her Ph.D. in 2016 from the University of California, Los Angeles, with a focus on Japanese literary and cultural studies. She taught as an assistant adjunct professor at UCLA from Fall 2016 to Spring 2018. Currently, she is a postdoctoral fellow at the Reischauer Institute of Japanese studies, Harvard University. Her research explores the entangled relationship among Japanophone literature, linguistic imperialism, mechanisms of colonial violence and power, and the process of racialization in the Japanese empire.
This lecture is sponsored by the Program in East Asian Studies and Comparative Literature and Culture.
January 17, 2019
Lu Kou is a medievalist and a scholar of pre-modern Chinese literature. His research interests include medieval Chinese literature and culture, historiography, classical tales and their adaptations in vernacular genres and modern media, and comparative studies of Chinese Middle Period and medieval Europe (including Byzantium and Andalusian Spain). For more information, download the event flyer.
This lecture is presented as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium Series. Co-sponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature and Culture.
March 28, 2018
Seth Jacobowitz, Yale University, is the author of the Edogawa Rampo Reader (Kurodahan Press, 2008) and Writing Technology in Meiji Japan: A Media History of Modern Japanese Literature and Visual Culture (Harvard Asia Center, 2015), which won the 2017 International Convention of Asia Scholars Book Prize in the Humanities. He has been Simon Visiting Professor at University of Manchester, Asakawa Fellow at Waseda University in Tokyo, an invited guest lecturer at Yonsei University in Seoul, and frequent Visiting Researcher to the Center of Japanese Studies at the University of São Paulo. His first field of specialization focused on the intersection of media and literature in late nineteenth century Japan. His current research is for a book on the prewar Japanese immigration to Brazil and the literature of Japanese overseas expansion.
This lecture is presented as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium Series. Cosponsored by the Program in Comparative Literature and Culture.
November 3, 2017Héctor Hoyos, Associate Professor of Latin American literature and culture, Stanford University
This talk presents a new reading of a relatively understudied work by the Nobel-prize winning author. Focusing on the role of human rights discourse to mend the nation’s social fabric, Hoyos tackles the question of whether elite historiography or class struggle predominate in García Márquez’s rendering of the deeper causes of narcotrafficking. Consideration is given to the potential role of this sui generis non-fiction work within genre-codified fictions of the drug trade and its aftermath. The talk will be in English and open to the Brandeis community.
Cosponsored by Latin American and Latino Studies, Comparative Literature and Culture, and Hispanic Studies.
November 2, 2017Have your friends or family members ever scrutinized your decision or desire to major in the humanities? Have they resigned you to a future as a barista just because you love the humanities? If so, this is the event for you! The Professors and UDRs of the Comparative Literature and Culture, Creative Writing, Education, and English Departments have organized a panel of Brandeis Alumni who majored in the humanities and have succeeded in a range of different jobs and career paths. Come to this event to hear all the possibilities of what YOU can do with your humanities major, get to ask your questions, and finally get the answer to that big, pressing question: What Can I Do With My Humanities Major?
March 6, 2017
March 30, 2017
Featuring Jon Stewart, Research Fellow at Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University
October 26, 2016
September 15, 2016
March 22, 2016
February 9, 2016
Featuring Ellen Elias-Bursac, former translator/reviser of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia
September 3, 2015
October 6, 2014
Presented by Matthew Fraleigh as part of the East Asian Studies Colloquium