News and Events

  • Literature Major Open House

    4 November 2019 (Mon) , 5 - 6:30 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Halloween Film Screening: The Cabin in the Woods

    31 October 2019 (Thu) , 9 PM
    At Saga LT 1

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  • Four-Minute Capstones: Flash Talks by Literatur...

    30 October 2019 (Wed) , 12 - 1 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Love Power: of Objects and New Worlds

    22 October 2019 (Tue) , 12 - 1 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Strange Encounters: on Sinophone Xenophone Lite...

    18 October 2019 (Fri) , 12 - 1:30 PM
    At Saga LT 1

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  • The Aesthetics of Mental Illness in the ‘...

    9 October 2019 (Wed) , 12 - 1 PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

    This project investigates the surprising parallels between eighteenth-century theories of madness and theories of fiction, which both attribute their manifestations to prolific imagination. It therefore aims to expose and examine potential links between medical and literary discourse via the imagination, while also offering a counter-history of ...

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  • Historicity: Literature Faculty Singapore Seminar

    11 September 2019 (Wed) , 6 PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

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  • The “As If” of Cinema between Memor...

    15 August 2019 (Thu) , 4:30 - 5:30 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Comparative Global Antiquity Conference

    2 August 2019 (Fri) , 9:15 AM
    At KC Room

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  • Literature Capstone Symposium

    27 April 2019 (Sat) , 9 AM
    At Performance Hall

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  • Trans-species Empathy in Homer and Valmiki

    16 April 2019 (Tue) , 12 - 1:30 PM
    At Cendana Private Dining Room

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  • Reparative Aesthetics: Enduring Violence and th...

    16 April 2019 (Tue) , 6 PM
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    In collaboration with the Gender Cluster.

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  • Literature End of Year Celebration

    11 April 2019 (Thu) , 4 - 6 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    An End of Year celebration to welcome new majors and minors in the class of 2021; recognize our juniors who have just submitted their capstone proposals; and congratulate our seniors on their capstone submissions!  Our visitors, Ayesha Ramachandran, associate professor of Comparative Literature at Yale, and Giuseppe Gazzola, associate professor ...

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: “Finding El...

    26 March 2019 (Tue) , 12 PM - 1 PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

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  • In the Shadow of World Literature: a Workshop f...

    19 March 2019 (Tue) , 12 - 1:30 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Afropolitans Film Screening Series: Inxeba/The ...

    18 March 2019 (Mon) , 6.30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

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  • Close Up: The World with Michael Allen

    18 March 2019 (Mon)

    Michael Allen‘s book, In the Shadow of World Literature, won the MLA first book award in 2016. He is also the editor of the journal Comparative Literature.

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: “Slavery, S...

    5 March 2019 (Tue) , 12 PM - 1 PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

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  • Afropolitans Film Screening Series: Timbuktu

    4 March 2019 (Mon) , 6.30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

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  • Afropolitans Film Screening Series: Viva Riva

    7 February 2019 (Thu) , 6.30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: “Risking Ha...

    29 January 2019 (Tue) , 12 PM - 1 PM
    At Saga Private Dining Room

    This talk will discuss the conditions of perception in modernist women’s writing. We’ll look at how the act of seeing aslant may resist straight reading practices, risking the positive returns of sociality and stability promised to she who pursues the well-trodden path to happiness.

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  • Afropolitans Film Screening Series: Black Panther

    28 January 2019 (Mon) , 6.30 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

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  • Rector’s Tea with Jina Moore, Journalist:...

    24 January 2019 (Thu) , 7 PM
    At Saga Rector's Commons

    Journalism justifies its often intrusive gaze into ordinary lives by insisting on its public mission. But without careful attention, stories about gender violence can easily reinforce the system that perpetrated them. Join us for a discussion on this topic with freelance journalist Jina Moore. This event is supported by the Literature major, the...

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  • Lunchtime Talk with Jina Moore, Journalist

    24 January 2019 (Thu) , 12 PM - 1 PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

    Are you curious about a career in journalism? Join us for a lunchtime Q&A session with Jina Moore, freelance journalist, as she talks about her career journey. Ms. Moore has reported from more than 30 countries around the world, for magazines, newspapers and radio. Based for the last decade in East Africa, she was most...

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  • The Tower and the Garden: Tropes of Translation...

    7 November 2018 (Wed) , 12:30-1:30 PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

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  • Conceiving Women: Reproduction and Representati...

    5 November 2018 (Mon) , 4:30 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

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  • Halloween Movie Screening: What We Do in the Sh...

    28 October 2018 (Sun) , 9 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre

    Announcing this year’s (non-scary) annual Literature Halloween movie: “What We Do in the Shadows”(Jemaine Clement, Taika Waititi, 2105).  Join us on SUNDAY October 28 at 9PM in the Saga Lecture Theatre for a mockumentary about vampires out of time in contemporary New Zealand. Wear your PJs, bring your bean bags, security pillows, and roomm...

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  • Literature Major Open House and Call for Litera...

    10 October 2018 (Wed) , 4:30-6 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    The Literature Major Open House will be held next Wednesday. Please see the attached poster for details: Additionally, we are looking for designs for Literature SWAG! Do you have a great design sense and want to apply your creativity to promote the Literature major? Please let Prof Mira Seo know about your ideas!

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  • Ancient Worlds Talk: History, Politics, and Ver...

    15 October 2018 (Mon) , 4:30 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    Stephen Harrison has been teaching Classics at Corpus since 1987. His main research and teaching interests are in Latin literature and its reception. He has written books on Virgil, Horace and on the Roman novelist Apuleius, and has edited, co-edited or co-authored more books on Virgil, Horace, the Roman Novel, Classics and literary theory and...

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  • Braiding Stories in the Graphic Novels of Sonny...

    12 September 2018 (Wed) , 12-1:15 PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    This talk examines how some Singaporean graphic novels offer alternative perspectives on the country’s past and present through their aesthetic representations of historical figures, places, and events. While the most obvious example of this is Sonny Liew’s Eisner-award-winning The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, such reconsiderations are also pr...

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  • Preaching to the Queer: Ng Yi-Sheng’s A B...

    11 August 2018 (Sat)

    Paul Jerusalem, a final-year Literature major, recently published a review of Ng Yi-Sheng’s A Book of Hims in Cha. Read the full review here.

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  • Literature Capstone Symposium 2018

    21 April 2018 (Sat)

    On April 21, 2018, our students from the Class of 2018 presented their capstone projects at the Literature Capstone Symposium. You can view the photos of the event, taken by Jolene Lum ’19, below.

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  • Lunchtime Talk with Gianna Mosser

    12 April 2018 (Thu) , 12 PM
    At Library

    Are you curious about a career in publishing? Join us for a lunchtime Q&A session with Gianna Mosser, editor-in-chief at Northwestern University Press as she shares more about industry insights and her career journey. In her role as editor-in-chief, Mosser acquires works in critical ethnic studies, gender studies, comparative literature, the...

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  • Precarious Futures, Precarious Pasts: Climate, ...

    22 February 2018 (Thu) , 6 PM
    At Saga Lecture Theatre 1

    “In this talk I will focus on the figure of the migrant and the refugee as presented in contemporary media. I am interested in the continuities and discontinuities in the experience of migration from the nineteenth century to the present, particularly, though not exclusively, for vulnerable populations. I then attempt to connect that exper...

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  • Poems and Manuscripts in Early China: Questions...

    14 August 2018 (Tue) , 12-1:30 PM
    At Elm College Private Dining Hall

    In this lecture, Professor Martin Kern introduces the case of “Xi shuai” 蟋蟀, a poem from the Shijing now also available in a recently discovered bamboo manuscript from ca. 300 BCE. Comparing the manuscript version and the traditional poem raises numerous questions: about the nature, composition, and boundaries of ancient Chinese poetry, author...

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  • Patriot Acts: The Theatre of Politics

    5 April 2018 (Thu) , 7-830PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    “Patriot” is a contested concept for which rival uses are not only common but of potential critical and political value. Join Dr. Sara Warner as she explores “patriot acts” in her talk, spectacles of civic engagement and civil disobedience, that call attention to the limits of citizenship and to one’s ability to contest and reshape...

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  • Brown-bag Lunch with Sara Warner

    5 April 2018 (Thu) , 12-1PM
    At Saga Dining Hall Private Dining Room

    Introduction to and conversation on an excerpt of Sara’s book, Acts of Gaiety: LGBT Performance and the Politics of Pleasure. Open to students and faculty! Please RSVP to geoffrey.baker@yale-nus.edu.sg for a copy of the reading for the session. Thursday April 5 | 12-1PM | Saga Dining Hall Private Dining Room There will be food!  

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  • Climate Change, Humanities, and Performance: A ...

    3 April 2018 (Tue) , 7:30-9PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

    What role can the humanities play in changing people’s view on climate change? Join us as Warner and Schneider-Mayerson discuss their ongoing scholarly and performative work involving climate-change education and the humanities. Sara Warner is Associate Professor of Performing and Media Arts at Cornell University, where she is also a core facult...

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  • Humanities and Interdisciplinary Thinking in In...

    3 April 2018 (Tue) , 6:00PM
    At Elm Rector's Commons

    Ever wondered what economists and literati have in common? Live the spirit of a liberal arts college and join us this Tuesday for a talk by Andrew Wong, a prominent international markets advisor to the Bank of England and the Singaporean government, on the value of humanities training in non-academic careers. RSVP in Symplicity! Tuesday...

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  • The Dr. T Project Public Talks

    12 March 2018 (Mon) , 12-1PM
    At Cendana Rector's Commons

    Join the Literature faculty in two discussions with Professor Shawkat Toorawa as he shares details about his The Dr. T Project (www.thedrtproject.org), a programme designed to connect subject materials in the humanities to pop culture, which creatively addresses the relevance of the humanities in today’s world, and the benefits of becoming...

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  • Literature Public Lectures

    12 March 2018 (Mon) , 12-1PM
    At Cendana Rector's Commons

    Excited about the upcoming arrival of the visiting Yale faculty? Wonder what they can bring to the table! Join us in four public lectures and talks deliver over the next ten days, and learn more about Shakespeare, Mauritian Creole, mediaeval manuscripts and new media! The details are as follows:   Monday, March 12th | 12-1PM...

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: Student Presentat...

    13 February 2018 (Tue) , 12-1PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    The Literature Works-in-Progress series continues, this time with presentations from our own brilliant schoolmates! Join us on Tuesday February 13th to hear Benson Pang (’18) and Yogesh Tulsi (’20) present on their papers, which have been accepted for the prestigious Edinburgh Undergraduate Literature Conference. Benson will discuss ...

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  • Literature Works-In-Progress: The Poetry of Isl...

    6 February 2018 (Tue) , 12-1PM
    At Saga Common Lounge

    This semester sees the return of the Literature Works-In-Progress series, starting with Professor Rajeev Patke’s talk on his upcoming book, “Poetry and Islands: Materiality and the Creative Imagination.” In this talk, Professor Patke will discuss his writing process, his inspiration, and his research approach and selectivity wh...

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  • Halloween Movie Screening: The Babadook

    29 October 2017 (Sun) , 9-11PM
    At Saga Lecture Theater

    Add The Babadook to your list of Halloween festivities! Join the Literature faculty this Sunday as we brace ourselves for the ultimate bibliophilic horror movie of the year. Bring a blanket, and maybe a friend, so that you don’t end up being food for the Babadook. Who said reading isn’t dangerous, anyway? There will be food!

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  • Literature Open House 2017!

    6 November 2017 (Mon) , 4-6PM
    At Elm #03-210

    Want to learn more about the Literature major? Join us tomorrow at the Literature Major Open House, where you can get to know faculty members and current students, learn about the major’s structure and course offering in upcoming semesters, and celebrate our new student publication – the Dante Journal of Singapore!

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  • ‘Age is Unnecessary’: Shakespeare a...

    10 August 2017 (Thu) , 6.30-8.15PM
    At Performance Hall

    We have more exciting news coming your way! Ready yourself for THE Stephen Greenblatt – the distinguished Pulitzer Prize winner, Shakespearean scholar, and literary historian whose works have changed the landscape of literary criticism over the last forty years. In his lecture, Professor Greenblatt aims to connect the Bible, Renaissance li...

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  • Ramie Targoff Guest Lecture + Student Seminar

    10 August 2017 (Thu) , 12.00-1.30PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Welcome back, everyone! Hope you are as excited about the new academic year as we are, as we’re starting this semester with some awesome events! To start things off, we are honored to have Professor Ramie Targoff who will deliver a guest lecture and lead a student seminar! Professor Targoff is the co-chair of Italian...

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  • Literature Capstone Symposium

    11 April 2017 (Tue) , 7:30PM
    At Saga Rector's Commons

    Join the Literature faculty in our very first capstone symposium, to celebrate the completion of our seniors’ capstone projects and to welcome the newly declared lit majors into the family!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: Grattius and Augu...

    15 March 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    What is the relationship between poetry and politics? In this upcoming Literature WIP talk, Professor Steven Green will tackle this question by looking at the Cynegetica, a Roman didactic poem on hunting, to examine how it reflects the Roman Empire during the Augustan age. Through extensive use of anthropomorphic language, the craft of hunting i...

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  • Literature and the Cult of Personality: On Goet...

    2 March 2017 (Thu) , 5:00 PM
    At Global Learning Room 1

    Interested in the intersection of German and Anglo-American literature, aesthetics, theology and science? Then this talk is for you! Professor Gregory Maertz will deliver a talk on Goethe’s influence on British and American cultural life, and on how a literary icon can produce a cult of personality, as an exemplar worthy of emulation. Glob...

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  • Literature Works-In-Progress: Resistance Throug...

    15 February 2017 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Literature Works-in-Progress Series presents: Prof. Gretchen Head: “Resistance to Loss through the Preservation of Form: Arabic Literary Practice in the 20th Century.” How might we read modern Arabic literature beyond the reigning opposition of tradition vs. modernity? This talk will suggest a different way to interpret the modern Ar...

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  • Literature Works-In-Progress: Words, Words, Words

    2 November 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    For the fourth installment of our Literature WIP series, we are bringing you a special treat: our first student presentation! On Wednesday November 2, six students from the graduating class will give a talk on their capstone projects, covering topics from their research questions to their thoughts and motivations behind the process. Join us as...

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: The Aesthetics of...

    14 September 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Second installment of the Literature Works-in-Progress series. This time, Professor Geoff Baker will talk about how literature and art can change the world, tracing the thoughts of Emile Zola, who emphasizes clarity, and Friedrich Nietzsche, who has an ardent love for confusion. Lunch will be served!

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  • A Building with One Side Missing: Liberal Arts ...

    14 October 2016 (Fri) , 12:00PM
    At Elm Common Lounge

    The Modernities and Identities Research Cluster and the Literature major invite you to attend our first research talk: Professor Philip Holden, from the English Department at NUS, will look at Raffles College (one of our earliest institutions) and discuss the value of liberal arts education in post-colonial Singapore. Lunch will be provided!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: Stone, Jade, Medium

    12 October 2016 (Wed) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Please join the Literature major for our third works-in-progress talk this semester! Professor Shaoling Ma will be delivering a talk on the relation between technical media and the implications of mediation during the mid-nineteenth and early twentieth century. Lunch will be served!

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  • Literature Works-in-Progress: A Theory of Aphor...

    2 September 2016 (Fri) , 12:00PM
    At Saga Common Room (RC1-02-11)

    Join Professor Andrew Hui and the Literature faculty discussing his new interpretation on aphorisms, tracing their history from Heraclitus to Nietzsche, Confucius to Twitter, the Buddha to Jesus. Lunch will be provided!

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  • A Theater and a Battleground: A Talk by Profess...

    13 April 2016 (Wed) , 11:00 A.M - 12:00 P.M
    At Classrom 15/TEAL Classrom (EC-01-012)

    On April 13th, join us for Professor McCann’s talk on professions of childhood in 1940s New York. Sean McCann studies late-nineteenth and twentieth century American literature and its relation to contemporaneous political developments. He is the author of A Pinnacle of Feeling: American Literature and Presidential Government (Princeton Uni...

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  • Bernard Bate (1960-2016)

    11 March 2016 (Fri)

    The literature faculty and students mourn the passing of our cherished teacher, colleague, and friend Barney Bate. Professor Bate was an anthropologist of South India, an expert on the political oratory, social worlds, and linguistic practices of the Tamil people. As such he was a fellow traveler in our study of languages, aesthetics, and poetic...

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  • Lambda Literary Awards finalist

    10 March 2016 (Thu)

    Congratulations to Prof. Petrus Liu, whose book Queer Marxism in Two Chinas (Duke University Press, 2015) was just announced last night as a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award. Founded in 1989, the Lambda Literary Awards are the most prestigious and glamorous LGBT literary event in the world. The winners will be announced at a red carpet...

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  • Time, Space & Being: On Wong Kar-wai

    10 March 2016 (Thu) , 4:30-6:30 p.m.
    At Tan Chin Tuan Lecture Theatre

    Wong Kar-wai may be considered the most mythical and stylistic Hong Kong film director of all. The lecture will explore how his Hong Kong trilogy, “Days of Being Wild (1991),” “Fallen Angels (1995),” and “In the Mood for Love (2000),” with their unconventional use of camera and visual-audio media, represents the intellectual reaction to Hong...

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  • Yale-NUS Symposium on Film and Painting

    5 March 2016 (Sat)
    At Performance Hall

     Free and open to the public.   Symposium Location: Performance Hall 18 College Avenue West Yale-NUS College   PLEASE NOTE SCHEDULING CHANGES—FILM AND TIME Friday, March 4th, Film Screening:  Hou Hsiao-Hsien, Flowers of Shanghai (1998) Screening Location: National Museum of Singapore Time: 8:00 PM    Symposium Program Talks to be followed by dis...

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  • “Why the Literature Major is a Brilliant ...

    9 March 2016 (Wed) , 6:00 pm
    At Elm College Rector's Lounge

    Come hear Professor Paul Fry of Yale convince you “Why the Literature Major is a Brilliant Choice” at Elm College Rector’s Tea.

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  • Become a Literature Major!

    4 March 2015 (Wed) , 12:30 - 1:30pm
    At Classroom 17

    We’ll have two Literary Advising Sessions in the next two weeks. Food + drinks will be provided. Session 1: 4 March 2016, 12-1, Classroom 17 Session 2: 11 March 2016, 6-7, Classroom 9 Come and meet our faculty, learn about their research, and ask any questions about the Literature major and our course offerings. And...

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