Harvard IWL


The application process for the Harvard IWL is now open. Applications will be reviewed by the IWL admissions committee on a rolling basis through 1 February 2019, but you should send your materials to Dominique Jullien by Monday, January 7th.

What is the Harvard Institute for World Literature?
Please take a moment to look at the Harvard IWL website and consider applying for the July 2019 session in Harvard: https://iwl.fas.harvard.edu/

You may also want to read below what UCSB students who attended the 2018 session in Tokyo have to say about their experiences. Last year, the UCSB students chosen for the program received full financial support, covering fees and expenses, from generous grants provided by the GCLR's partners at UCSB.

How to apply?
If you wish to apply, please notify Dominique Jullien of your decision as soon as possible: djullien@frit.ucsb.edu.

You will then need to put together a file including:
1)    an updated cv
2)    a writing sample
3)    a brief cover letter indicating your reasons for applying, interest in world literature, and coursework done in world literature

Selection criteria are the candidate’s interest and accomplishments in literature in a global perspective (previous coursework, future projects, etc.), and seniority.

Please note that you will not need recommendation letters because UCSB is an affiliate of the IWL.

Please email your materials to djullien@frit.ucsb.edu by Monday, January 7th, and please send Professor Jullien an email if you have any questions.

After initial review, these materials will then need to be uploaded to the IWL website.



Here are some responses from last year's attendees about their experience at the Harvard Institute for World Literature (IWL) in Tokyo:

Jeff Bellomi:

My time in Tokyo for Harvard’s IWL was truly a once in a lifetime experience.  The opportunity to study under world-class scholars and attend a variety of fascinating talks and readings was incredible on its own, and that it all took place in such a city made it unforgettable.  The organizers set it up so that almost every day had a fascinating event or talk (such as the history of Japanese translation, a poetry reading by Yoko Tawada, debates on the status of world literature as a discipline) in concert with our seminars.  Further, on our days off, they led cultural excursions to museums and historical locations.  When the days were over, I then had the opportunity to explore Tokyo nights on my own, every bit as exciting and electric as I had imagined, and I’m still unconvinced that a single bad restaurant exists within the entire city.

Linshan Jiang:

IWL was the perfect occasion to renew my academic knowledge and discuss my thoughts about literary studies with professors and classmates. In the first two weeks, Professor Tsu encouraged us to walk out of the comfort zone of understanding literature and emotion and also to challenge the current scholarship of affect studies. In the second seminar, Professor Damrosch led us to explore the endless view of world literature and also to analyze the modern Chinese literature from new perspectives.

Dustin Lovett:

As a scholar, my time at the IWL was one of the most rewarding experiences I’ve yet had, and I thank the GCLR for the opportunity. The courses and colloquia presented texts from around the world, as well as bringing together other students and scholars from all over. I got to encounter voices and perspectives I might otherwise never have known, and that is something extremely valuable.

Arpi Movsesian:

The IWL in Tokyo was a life-changing experience where I got to be acquainted with so many beautiful minds. Everyone came together to create the perfect scholarly environment where a healthy exchange of ideas about the literary works from all over the world took place. I especially enjoyed reading and discussing the works that are yet-to-be on the world stage, the ones patiently waiting in the periphery.

Wendy Sun:

What I like most about the IWL is that it is an international community for scholars who are interested in the field of World Literature and beyond. After the summer school, the IWL includes you in a network that actively shares CFPs and other academic events. I think for graduate students, being involved in such a network is crucial for taking steps towards professionalization. In addition to all the knowledge gained from my two seminars at IWL, I also learned from well-known scholars like David Damrosch about organizing courses on World Literature. Teaching is an essential component of our training. The reading materials at IWL will not only provide a base for the reading lists of my upcoming field exams and dissertation prospectus but also serve as a model for future syllabi when I teach my own classes at UCSB.