Department Chair: Christopher Connery

Graduate Program Director: Carla Freccero

Wlad Godzich
  • Title
    • Distinguished Professor
  • Division Humanities Division
  • Department
    • Literature Department
  • Phone
    831-459-1771 (Office), 831-459-1924 (Message)
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Office Location
    • Humanities Building 1, Humanities Building 1 514
    • Humanities 1 514
  • Office Hours Friday 10:00 - 12:00
  • Mail Stop Humanities Academic Services
  • Mailing Address
    • 1156 High Street
    • Santa Cruz CA 95064

Summary of Expertise

General and Comparative Literature; Philosophy and Literature; Theory of Literature and Culture; Medical Humaities; Philosophy of Technology. Cultural Studies: Politics of Culture and Literature; Authoritarianism and Illeberalism; Secularism and Postsecularism. Literature: French, Spanish, Portuguese, Brazilian, Polish, Russian, German, Anglophone and Francophone Literatures, Caribbean Literature, Canadian Literatures. Literary Studies: Orality, Narrative, the Novel, Rhetoric and Tropology. 

Research Interests

Theory of literature; philosophy and literature; emergent literature; translation theory; globalization and culture; European integration; knowledge society; literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe (Central, Eastern, and Western), Brazil, Canada; detective and crime fiction; science fiction; medicine and literature

Biography, Education and Training

PhD 1972 Columbia University
taught at: Yale, University of Minnesota, Université de Montréal, University of Toronto, Université de Genève
Visiting Professor: University of Silesia; University of Zurich; Chinese University of Hong Kong; Harvard University; Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro; Witswatersrand University; Università de València; Aarhus University; Universidad de Santiago de Compostela

Teaching Interests

General and Comparative Literature; Literature and Philosophy; Continental Philosophy