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Comparative Literature

Christopher WinksChristopher Winks

Christopher Winks (PhD, Comparative Literature, New York University; MA, Poetics, New College of California; BA, French, University of California, Berkeley) is a scholar of comparative modernisms, with particular emphasis on Caribbean and Latin American literature and African-American studies. He has taught at New York University (where he received an award for his teaching), Columbia University, Medgar Evers College/CUNY, the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, and the Universidad Iberoamericana (Mexico City). He has published numerous reviews and articles, as well as translations from French, German, and Spanish, in journals and anthologies. He was a founding editor of Black Renaissance / Renaissance Noire, a Pan-Africanist journal of culture and politics, and is currently completing a book, Golden Lands, Magic Cities: (Trans)Figurations of Utopia in Caribbean Literature. Future research plans include a study of exiled European artistic and political communities in Mexico during the 1940s and 1950s.


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Chair: Ali Jimale Ahmed
Dept. Office: Kissena 259
Phone: 718-997-5690
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Summer 2014 Hours

The Comparative Literature Department will be open normally Monday through Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm for Summer 2014. We will be closed between 2:35 pm - 3:35 pm.

June 2014: The department will ONLY be OPEN on the following days:
Monday 6/2
Tuesday 6/10
Monday 6/16
Monday 6/23
Monday 6/30
All other days the department will be CLOSED.

July 2014: The department will be open Monday through Thursday.
CLOSED 7/4 (Independence Day)
CLOSED 7/9 through 7/14
CLOSED on Fridays: 7/18 and 7/25.

August 2014: The department will be open Monday through Thursday.
CLOSED on Fridays: 8/1 and 8/8.
CLOSED 8/11 through 8/18.

It is best to contact the department via email at or leave a voice message at the department extension: 718-997-5690.

Additional contacts are:

Summer Chair:
Prof. Christopher Winks
Phone: 718-997-5697

Prof. Ali Jimale Ahmed

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