Literature

rare muslim manuscript in arabic and colorful, detailed patterns around the text
With the support of new technology, archival items from the 11th to 19th centuries in Arabic, Persian, Ottoman Turkish and more will be available.
stacks of books in front of a shelf full of books

The late José Saramago, a 1998 Nobel laureate in literature whose works have been translated from Portuguese into dozens of languages, noted that “Writers create national literature with their language, but world literature is written by translators.”

The Charles and Lynn Zhang Professor of English and Comparative Literature, Branka Arsić was awarded MLA's James Russell Lowell Prize for her book 'Bird Relics: Grief and Vitalism in Thoreau.'
Orhan Pamuk, Author

Photo by Elena Seibert

Orhan Pamuk, the Robert Yik-Fong Tam Professor of the Humanities and professor of writing in the School of the Arts, is one of Turkey's most prominent novelis

Book cover of Jewish Comedy and portrait of Jeremy Dauber
Jeremy Dauber, the Atran Professor of Yiddish Language, Literature and Culture in the department of Germanic languages, was well aware that “analyzing comedy runs the risk of killing it.” Still, he forged ahead, chronicling the arc of Jewish humor.
David Henry Hwang with his arms crossed, smiling.

Photo by John Pinderhughes

David Henry Hwang has an illustrious career: he’s a dramatist whose work has won Tony, Obie and Grammy awards and is also America’s most-produced living opera librettist.

Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris

Sarah Cole and Fredrick Harris were appointed divisional deans in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Harris, professor of political science, is the new dean of social science, effective July 1.

Richard Ford

Photo by Eileen Barroso

After Richard Ford published an essay about his mother in Harper’s Magazine in 1986, he always wanted to write a companion piece about his father.

2017 Bancroft Prizes Winning Book Covers

Columbia University announced today that three acclaimed works will be awarded the 2017 Bancroft Prize in American History and Diplomacy: The Other Slavery: The Uncovered Story of Indian Enslavement in

George Fletcher and Saul Berman

George Fletcher and Saul Berman co-teach Biblical Jurisprudence. Photo by Barbara Alper

How many law courses discuss the creation of the heavens, the mark of Cain, and the forbidden fruit of the Garden of Eden?

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