Comparative Literature Luncheon to feature lecture by Hansong Dan on Oct. 30

October 26, 2017

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — Hansong Dan, associate professor of English in the School of Foreign Studies at Nanjing University, will present “When Species Meet: A Comparative Reading of Wolf Totem and Disgrace” at 12:15 p.m. Oct. 30 in 102 Kern Building on Penn State’s University Park campus.

Dan’s research interests include modern/contemporary American novels, 9/11 literature, posthumanism and digital humanities. He has authored numerous articles in nationally renowned journals, such as Foreign Literature Review. His articles in English can be found in volumes published by Northwestern University Press and the Royal Swedish Academy of Letters, History and Antiquities. His book, “To Realize the Universal: Allegorical Narrative in Thornton Wilder's Plays and Novels,” was published by Peter Lang in 2012. He has translated some works by Thomas Pynchon, Julian Barnes and Thornton Wilder.

This event is a part of the Comparative Literature Luncheon lecture series, a weekly, informal lunchtime gathering of students, faculty and other members of the University community. Each week the event begins at 12:15 p.m. — coffee, tea and light lunch fare are provided. At 12:30 p.m. there will be a presentation, by a visitor or a local speaker, on a topic related to any humanities discipline. All students, faculty, colleagues and friends are welcome. For a full list of Comparative Literature lunches, visit

This event is sponsored by the Department of Comparative Literature and the Center for Global Studies.       

Last Updated November 06, 2017