Literature and Value in The Afterlife of Comparison; or, The Fetish of Equivalence

Professor Melas, past Chair of Cornell University’s Comparative Literature Department, and Co-founder of its Institute for Comparative Modernities and its interdisciplinary “Critical Theory and (post)Colonialism Workshop,” is author of All the Difference in the World: Postcoloniality and the Ends of Comparison (Stanford UP, 2007), which was runner-up for the American Comparative Literature Association’s Wellek Prize for Book of the Year. With David Damrosch and Mbongeseni Buthelezi, she co-edited The Princeton Sourcebook in Comparative Literature: From the European Enlightenment to the Global Present (Princeton UP, 2009). Her essays and articles have been widely published in numerous leading journals and periodicals. An internationally recognized expert on the Martinican poet Aimé Césaire, she has also written extensively about poetry, prose fiction, criticism, and theory in the Caribbean, Africa, the Arabic-speaking world, Europe, and North America.

Co-sponsored by The Program in Critical Theory, the Departments of Comparative Literature, English, and French, and The Doreen B. Townsend Center for the Humanities.