News & Events

WLL Open House October 19th 3:30pm

October 11th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

We are delighted to host an open house event on Wednesday, October 19th from 3:30-5:00pm! Meet members of our department, learn about the courses, and explore new culture, film, and literature opportunities! This event will take places in room STH 625 at 745 Commonwealth Avenue. We hope to see you... More

2016-2017 Lectures in Criticism

October 5th, 2016 in Lecture, Uncategorized.

“Tolstoy, Bresson, and the Ground of the Ethical” will be about the relation between the sight of death and ethical understanding in Leo Tolstoy’s writing and in Robert Bresson’s film L’argent, a filmic adaptation of Tolstoy’s late short story "The Forged Coupon." Sharon Cameron, William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of English, Johns Hopkins. Sharon Cameron teaches nineteenth-century... More

WLL Inaugural Symposium: October 10

September 9th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

WLL cordially invites BU faculty and students to join us as WLL faculty members share their research in progress. Monday, October 10th at 10am. Located at Barrister's Hall in the Sumner M. Redstone Building at 765 Commonwealth Ave. Click here for the full event itinerary. A huge thank you to our sponsors! Boston University Center... More

Join us for an Evening with Douglas Crimp

September 8th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Join us for an evening celebrating Before Pictures, a new memoir by art historian and AIDS activist Douglas Crimp. Where: Kenmore Classroom Building Room 101 When: Thursday, October 6th at 5pm This event is FREE and open to the public! Renowned for his work with artists of the “Pictures” generation, such as Cindy Sherman... More

Professor Margaret Litvin on Arab-Russian Cultural Ties and What’s Unusual about WLL

July 29th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

Professor Margaret Litvin returns to BU this fall from a year as a Frederick S. Burkhardt Fellow at the Swedish Collegium for Advanced Study in Uppsala, Sweden. She'll be serving as Associate Chair of WLL this year, after which she will be off again to Germany to take up an Alexander... More

MLCL Becomes WLL

May 26th, 2016 in Uncategorized.

The Department of World Languages & Literatures (WLL), formerly the Department of Modern Language & Comparative Literature (MLCL), comprises 38 full-time faculty members who teach a total of ten languages and literatures from East and South Asia, Europe, and the Middle East. While this makes for an exciting range of... More

Freedom for Ahmed Naji

May 11th, 2016 in Lecture.

Worldwide Reading on May 12, 2016 from 12-1:30pm GSU Art Gallery In February 2016, Egyptian novelist Ahmed Naji was sentenced to two years in prison. The sentence, for "violating public modesty," stems from the publication of an excerpt from his 2014 novel Istikhdam al-Hayah (Using Life) in Akhbar al-Adab magazine. This... More

WLL Student Chosen for Prestigious Boren Scholarship

April 27th, 2016 in Celebration.

Caroline Lord has been awarded a David L. Boren Scholarship to study in Jordan during the 2016-17 academic year. Caroline is currently an undergraduate student with a triple major in Asian Studies, Middle East and North Africa Studies, and History at BU, and a student worker for WLL. She will... More

Japan Under Abe: The End of Civil Discourse

April 8th, 2016 in Lecture.

Join us on April 14th at 5pm in 745 Commonwealth Avenue room B19 for a lecture by  Yuji Kitamaru!Yuji Kitamaru lives in New York where he works as a Freelance Journalist, Columnist, and Radio Commentator for various Japanese Media. He is a former Tokyo Shimbun NY Bureau Chief (1996) and... More

‘No One Like Us Here’: A Century of Latin American Travel to India

April 6th, 2016 in Cultural Event, Lecture.

Join us  on April 20th from 3-5pm in STH 636 for an exciting talk by Professor Roanne Kantor of Brandeis University's Department of English