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48th Annual Comparative Literature Conference: “Popular Culture(s)”

  • Time: April 25, 2013 9:00 am to April 26, 2013 6:30 pm
  • Location: Karl Anatol Center

“Popular Culture(s)” is the 48th Annual Comparative Literature Conference. It is an interdisciplinary gathering of scholars, artists, and practitioners from all walks of popular culture that aims to consider Popular Culture  across time periods, disciplines, and languages.

Click here to view the conference schedule, and here to visit the conference website.

Plenary Talk: Friday, April 26th, at 2 p.m. in the Karl Anatol Center 

Dr. Hillary Chute, Neubauer Family Assistant Professor of English at the University of Chicago, will give the Plenary Talk: “Literacy, Democracy, Comics.” Dr. Chute is one of today’s preeminent scholars in comics and graphic narratives. Her book Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics (Columbia Univ. Press, 2010) examines the graphic narrative work of five authors, including Alison Bechdel and Marjane Satrapi, and argues that the medium of comics has opened up new spaces for nonfiction narrative. She is also the Associate Editor of MetaMaus (Pantheon, 2011), a book by Art Spiegelman that examines the making of his terrain-shifting graphic narrative Maus.

In 2009, Dr. Chute founded the MLA’s Discussion Group on Comics and Graphic Narratives. Most recently, Dr. Chute collaborated with Inaugural Mellon Fellow Alison Bechdel, through the Richard and Mary L. Gray Center for Arts and Inquiry, and organized the “Comics: Philosophy and Practice” conference at the University of Chicago in May 2012.

Please direct all inquiries to:

Dr. Nhora Serrano, Department of Comparative World Literature & Classics

Matthew Gonzales, Conference Assistant

Levon Parseghian, Conference Assistant

at the official conference email: 48thcomplitconf@gmail.com

Co-sponsors: 

Associated Students, Inc., Associated Students of Comparative Literature, Department of English, Department of Romance, German, Russian Languages & Literatures, and Department of Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies