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Comparative Literature Program
Dartmouth College
6051 Reed Hall, Room 201
Hanover, NH 03755

Office Hours
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
Telephone: (603) 646-2912
Fax: (603) 646-9288

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Past Events


Annual Hoffman Lecture

James Hoffman, a Comparative Literature major who graduated with High Distinction in 1982, died in a car crash the summer after his graduation...the result of a drunk driver. His thesis, "The Political Connection in Literature: A Study of Four Socialist Novels" reflects James' social awareness and interest in socialism. He was a very caring individual and at the time of his death was working with alcoholics as a volunteer. James' family and colleagues in Comparative Literature established this memorial lecture to host scholars who reflect James' vision of literature as a means of social change.

2015 Hoffman Lecture


Annual Zantop Memorial Lecture Reception

Lecturer: David Eng, University of Pennsylvania

Wednesday, October 1, 2014, Rockefeller 3, 4:30 pm

2014 Annual Zantop Memorial Lecture

Lecturer: David Eng, 2nd in from lower left above


Zantop reception

Zantop Reception



Zantop Lecture Fall 2014


Hoffman Lecture with Lorie Novak

Zantop Lecture 2014


Ben Randolph '15 Makes the Most of Faculty Accessibility

Ben Randolph '15 Dartmouth Now


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 Theory in Dispute II

Zantop Lecture

Colt Theses Presentations spring 2013

Golsan Lecture

"Corruptions of Memory: Crisis of Post-Holocaust Remembrance in France since 1990" by Richard J. Golsan

Tuesday, March 5, 2013, Sanborn House, Wren Room, at 4:00 pm

Sponsored by Departments of English, Comparative Literature, French and Italian, and History, Dartmouth College, Winter 2013

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Hoffman Lecture

McManus Lecture

The Comparative Literature Program is pleased to welcome Anne-Marie McManus who will present her lecture: "Archives of a Second Renaissance: Towards A Theory of Arabic Literature in Morocco"

Wednesday, January 16, 2013, Rockefeller Class of 1930 Room, 4:30 PM



Theories Flyer


COLT - DLD Journal

Zantop 2012 poster

 colt theses 2012


ma oral present

guercio flyer



Speaker: Peter Brooks, Sterling Professor of Comparative Literature at Yale University and Mellon Visiting Professor at Princeton University

Peter Brooks is an interdisciplinary scholar whose work cuts across French and English literature, law, and psychoanalysis. He has published on narrative and narrative theory, on the 19th and 20th century novel, mainly French and English, and, more recently, on the interrelations of law and literature. He is the author of several books, including “Reading for the Plot” (1984); “Psychoanalysis and Storytelling” (1994); “Troubling Confessions: Speaking Guilt in Law and Literature” (2000); “Realist Vision” (2005); “Henry James goes to Paris” (2007). He co-edited with Paul Gewirth “Law’s Stories” (1996); and with Alex Woloch, “Whose Freud?” (2000). His essays and reviews have appeared in New York Times, The New Republic, Times Literary Supplement, The Nation, London review of Books, Critical Inquiry, New Literary History, Yale Law Journal, and elsewhere. He is currently at work on a project called “The Enigma of Identity.”

Reception following 


“From Medieval Britain to Dartmouth: Situating the English Brut Tradition.”

Friday May 20 to Saturday May 21: This conference focuses on a 15th-century manuscript of British history, purchased by Rauner Special Collections in 2006. Previously in private hands, the manuscript contains a unique narrative of British history from the Trojans to King Arthur to Henry V. The conference will assess the Dartmouth “Brut” on its own terms and in relation to broader traditions. Free and open to all.

Conference schedule

Brut 12    Brut final


In conjunction with the conference, a group of undergraduate students have curated a manuscript exhibit at Rauner Library. “Bringing out the Leaves: Manuscripts and Their Meaning” is open now through June 30.


Bringing out the Leaves

Major Sponsors: Dartmouth College Library; Leslie Humanities Center

Co-sponsors:  Comparative Literature, English, and History; Associate Dean of Arts and Humanities; Associate Dean of International and of Interdisciplinary Studies


Teddy Cruz

Renowned Architect Teddy Cruz will deliver the annual Hoffman Lecture on Tuesday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. in Rockefeller Center III. This event is sponsored by Comparative Literature, Geography, and the Hood Museum of Art

Cruz Flyer

COLT Honors Theses

Professor Stephen Prickett

Prickett Regius Professor Emeritus of English at the University of Glasgow and Honorary Professor of the University of Kent, at Canterbury

Publications include: Coleridge and Wordsworth: The Poetry of Growth (1970), Victorian Fantasy (1978), Origins of Narrative: the Romantic Appropriation of the Bible (1996), Narrative, Science and Religion: Fundamentalism versus Irony 1700-1999 (2002) and Modernity and the Reinvention of Tradition: Backing into the Future (2009)

presents a lecture on New Multi-Lingual Anthology of European Romanticism, titledposter

"How Many Tongues Did Romanticism Have?"

This lecture is co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the Leslie Center for the Humanities, the Departments of German Studies, Spanish & Portuguese, Russian, and French & Italian.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011, 4:30 p.m.

Location: Rockefeller Center 1



The 2011 Annual Susanne Zantop Memorial Lecture

Welcome Back: The Humanities as Civic Education

Cosponsored by the Leslie Center for the Humanities

Doris Sommer 

Professor Doris Sommer

Ira Jewell Williams Professor of Romance Languages and Literatures, Director of the Cultural Agency Initiative at the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies,

Harvard University

Thursday, April 14, 2011, 4:30 PM

Location: Haldeman 041




Zantop Garden 2010


Trees Trees

Comparative Literature Masters Program 2011 Graduate Student Presentations

Monday, February 21, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Haldeman 125:

Victoria Juharyan 
Oblomov, Hegel, and Circles of Time and Structure 
Advisor: John Kopper

Lara Roizen 
A Theory of Musicality: Verlaine's Rhythmic Influence on Debussy 
Advisor: John Kopper

Johanna Meyer 
The Clinic in the Playhouse 
Advisors: Klaus Mladek and Elizabeth Carpenter-Song

Darrah Lustig 
The Task of the Survivor in Ruth Kluger's weiter leben (1992) and STILL ALIVE (2001) 
Advisor: Yuliya Komska

Tuesday, February 22, 3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Haldeman 125:

Kristal Bivona 
Greater than Zero: Censorship and the Missing Pages of Ignácio de Loyola Brandão's Zero 
Advisors: Rodolfo Franconi and David LaGuardia

Amber Gode 
Lying by Omission? A Comparative Analysis of Jorge Luis Borges’s Palmeras salvajes and William Faulkner’s Wild Palms 
Advisors: Silvia Spitta, Elizabeth Polli

Elizabeth Gray 
Paintbrushes to Pixels: Poetry Publication in the Cartonera and Virtual Commons 
Advisors: Silvia Spitta and Jessica Smolin

Roy Guzman 
Assembling Tiles, Exploding Roofs: The Home in Octavio Paz’s Basho An and Elizabeth Bishop’s Jerónimo’s House 
Advisors: Melissa Zeiger, Raul Bueno, and Zachary Finch

David Dulceany 
Angels in the Mirror: Performance and Speech Acts in Sab by Gertrudis Gomez de Avellaneda 
Advisors: Antonio Gomez and Gretchen Gerzina




"A Rigor of Angels: Borges and Everyday Fundamentalism"

william eggintonThursday, May 13th, 2010---4:00pm Haldeman---041

William Egginton, Professor and Chair, Department of German and Romance Languages and Literatures, Johns Hopkins University

Professor Egginton is the Chair of the Department of German & Romance Languages and Literatures, The Johns Hopkins University. He teaches courses on Spanish and Latin American literature, literary theory, and the relation between literature and philosophy. His most recent book is "The Theater of Truth: The Ideology of (Neo)Baroque Aesthetics," (Stanford, 2010). He is also the author of: "The Philosopher¹s Desire," (Stanford, 2007); "A Wrinkle in History," (Davies Group, 2007); "Perversity and Ethics," (Stanford, 2006); and "How the World Became a Stage," (SUNY, 2003). Professor Egginton is co-editor of "The Pragmatic Turn in Philosophy," (SUNY, 2004), and his next book, "An Uncertain Faith: Fundamentalism, Atheism, and Religious Moderation," will appear later this year with Columbia University Press.

The aim of his talk is to derive a theory of everyday fundamentalism, i.e., fundamentalism not limited to the religious variety, from a series of fictional texts by the Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges.  The title comes from the postdated postscript he wrote to his 1941 story,  "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis tertius," which contains his most explicit articulation of this theory.  The lecture will seek to explain Borges' approach to this issue and its potential relevance to contemporary debates around atheism and fundamentalism.

Co-sponsored by the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, and the Department of Comparative Literature, Dartmouth College

The 2010 Annual Zantop Memorial Lecture   -


2010 Annual Zantop Memorial LectureHaiti & Universal History lecture with Susan Buck-Morss of Cornell University
May 10, 2010
5:30 pm at Kreindler Auditorium, Haldeman 041


Sponsored by Comparative Literature and the Leslie Center for the Humanities, with additional support from African American Studies, Geography, and Sociology.


Wednesday, April 28 @ 5 PM
Reed Hall room 212

The COLT MA students would like to invite you to a late-afternoon
meeting in which we share our favorite poems.  Please bring one poem
-- from any period, in any language -- to read to the group. Original
poetry is also welcome!

Light refreshments will be served.
Questions? Please contact   Charif.Shanahan@dartmouth.ed

Annual James Hoffman Memorial Lecture in Comparative Literature and Opening Reception for "Susan Meiselas: In History"Susan Meiselas - In History

4:30 PM to 6 PM
Location:  Arthur M. Loew Auditorium

This lecture by Susan Meiselas, a retrospective view of her career and the exhibition on view at the Hood Museum of Art, is co-sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program, the Hood Museum of Art, and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.

"Susan Meiselas: In History" opens in the Hood Museum of Art on April 10


April 14 lectureLecture by Anne McClintock:  Paranoid Empire.  Specters Beyond Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib

Wednesday, April 14 2010 @ 4 pm
Kreindler Auditorium Haldeman 041

The talk explores the crisis of embodying the enemy after 9/11; the persistent presence of photography in the scene of torture; the pornography-made-them-do-it rationale; why modern states photograph and archive their own atrocities; why the torture of women and children at U.S. prisons abroad is still a state secret. In cooperation with the Program of Comparative Literature. Free and open to all.

Anne McClintock is the Simone de Beauvoir Professor of English and Women's and Gender Studies at UW-Madison. She is the author of Imperial Leather. Race, Gender and Sexuality in the Colonial Context; co-editor of Dangerous Liaisons; author of short biographies of Olive Schreiner and Simone de Beauvoir, and of a monograph on madness, sexuality and colonialism. She has written widely on issues of gender and sexuality; imperialism, race, and nationalism; and visual culture. She is currently working on a new book called Paranoid Empire. Specters Beyond Guantanamo and Abu Ghraib (Duke University Press). She is completing a creative non-fiction book Skin Hunger. A Chronicle of Sex, Desire and Money (Jonathan Cape) and Planet of Intimate Tresspass. Essays on Sexuality and Power in a Global Era (Routledge). Her work has been translated into French, Spanish, Portuguese, Swedish, Taiwanese, Mandarin and Japanese.

Sponsored by the Comparative Literature Program and the Leslie Center for the Humanities.



Dorothy Figueira"Are You the Puerto Rican Girl Who Wants to Study Sanskrit?Dorothy Figueira
Race  Affirmative Action and the Study of the Other"
Dorothy Figueira

President of International Comparative Literature Association (ICLA)
Professor of Comparative Literature, University of Georgia

4:30 pm
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Silsby Hall 113

Co-sponsored by The Leslie Center for the Humanities


Grossman"Translating Cervantes" with Award Winning Translator, Edith Grossman

May 13, 2009 at 4 pm in Haldeman room 041

Interested students are invited to a discussion on translation with Edith Grossman, on 
Wednesday, May 14 at 1 pm in the Treasure Room at Baker Library.  Materials will 
be available after May 1 in the Department of Spanish & Portuguese (Dartmouth Hall Room 205).

Sponsored by the Dept. of Spanish & Portuguese
Co-Sponsored by The Leslie Center for the Humanities, The Dickey Center for International Understanding, and the Comparative Literature and LALACS Programs

Zantop garden site

Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Annual Zantop Lecture and Dedication of Zantop GardensLeo Spitzer Marianne Hirsch

Lecture with Marianne Hirsch and Leo Spitzer
School Pictures and Their Afterlives

Lecture starts at 4 pm followed by the 5:15 pm dedication speeches in Steele 006
6 pm groundbreaking ceremony at the Zantop Garden with Jim and Susan Wright, with a reception in Fairchild Atrium.
Free and open to the public


Co-sponsored by The Leslie Center for the Humanities


Milla Riggio

"Praying to the Devil:  Resistance & Affirmation in Trinadad Carnival"Milla Riggio
Lecture with Milla Riggio

Tuesday, April 28, 2009
4:30 pm
Carpenter Hall room 13

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