"Around me I hear that eclat of the world--politics, produce,/ The announcements of recognized things" (Walt Whitman, "As I Walk These Broad, Majestic Days")
Comparative Literature at Penn
General program information about Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at Penn can be found on the Comp Lit website, including course listings, faculty profiles, and application information [soon!]. Let's instead think of the ÉCLAT! site as the virtual grad lounge.
As graduate students, we are convinced that the silhouette of the discipline of "Comparative Literature" is darkly visible in the intersections of what we all study. Find out what texts and approaches are hip by investigating the brand new Reading List for the M.A. Exam. You can find a sample syllabus of the companion course, Comparative Literature 501, at Professor Jim English's website.
Brown University. During your virtual visit to Brown be sure to check out their Modern Culture and Media and English sites, and hypertext theorist George Landow's home page.
Theory Sites and Resources on the Web
Regardless of what texts, periods, or media we prefer to study, there's always room for Theory. There's the Spoon Home Page (theory at Virginia), THEORY: World 3 Voices, Theory and Culture (Marist), and Corporeal Theory Homepage (Duke), for starters. The Voice of the Shuttle (see below) has a section devoted to Contemporary Theory, as well as separate sections for Technology of Writing, Women's Studies, Gender Theory, and Queer Theory, and "Minority Studies". Carnegie-Mellon's English Server (also see below) devotes a section to Cultural Theory. Under the rubric of The UC Irvine Critical Theory Resource that university's department of Special Collections has placed on-line a searchable archive of bibliographies which extensively index and supplement the work of and about such theory paragons as Derrida, Saïd, Cixous, Jameson, and Iser. The University of Sheffield offers the Bakhtin Centre, and the University of Denver a site dedicated to Semiotics. Also based in Colorado is the Marx/Engels Archive. You may also want to check out the Bibliography of Literary Theory and Criticism.
Other Web sites of a literary or cultural studies bent
Do not miss Alan Liu's excellent Voice of the Shuttle and Jack Lynch's monumental (can hypertext be monumental?) Literary Research Tools on the Net: these two sites are loaded with so much that a brief list of highlights cannot do them justice. Chorus, a resource for arts & humanities academic computing, and the HUMBUL Gateway at Oxford can also get you to many interesting places. Carnegie-Mellon offers its "The English Server", which includes several actual e-texts, and our Penn compadres have a wonderful English Web. With a more bizarre stance towards "theory" and culture the University of Florida offers an experiment in postmodern theory, media, and technology which they call Fetishturgy--inspired by the truly offbeat Gregory Ulmer.
Electronic Library Sites
Penn's own Van Pelt Library.
Humanities Computing and Electronic Text Archives
are seminally represented by the University of Virginia's Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities--see especially the list of "Related Readings", Princeton & Rutgers's Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (see also the homepage for the associated Humanist electronic seminar, and the University of Toronto's Center for Computing in the Humanities. Jack Lynch's Computing in the Humanities page ends with a lengthy list of Humanities Computing sites.
Journals, News, and the Profession
Glance down at the Virtual Coffee Table and see if anything catches your eye. There's a lot to choose from: journals like The Chronicle of Higher Education, Critical Inquiry, Signs, CLCWeb, Technology & Culture, SURFACES, billed as "revue électronique de littérature comparée", Postmodern Culture, Stanford Humanities Review, Public Culture, the Bad Subjects site associated with the eponymous Berkeley journal and collective, and Hyperjournal, which connects to many e-journals. Check out CTHEORY, a journal of "theory, technology, and culture." There's also stuff from the National Association of Graduate and Professional Students and the National Endowment for the Humanities, with $14,000 dissertation grant information. There is also the new online journal CLCWeb: Comparative Literature and Culture, published by Purdue University Press.
Locals on the Web:
Other Links and Organizational Ideas
Michael Strong and Brett Wilson were the original developers of ÉCLAT! and associated virtual spaces. That role has since passed to Stephen Hock. All three are past or present graduate students in comparative literature and literary theory at the University of Pennsylvania.
|Last modified June 18, 2003
Maintained by Stephen Hock and Mark Sample
in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania