From the San Francisco State University
Comparative Literature Student Association

Portals: A Journal in Comparative Literature

is accepting student essay submissions of

short poetry translations and original comparative criticism that explores literature across cultural, regional, linguistic, and temporal boundaries

for the Spring 2009 issue!

Submission Guidelines

Comparative Essays:

Papers must be written in English.

Essays must compare at least two literary works from different linguistic traditions.

Citations should include both the original language and the English translation.

Papers should be no longer than 25 pages in 12 point font, and should be properly formatted and documented in MLA style.

Short Poetry Translations:

Submissions should include a copy of the original text and an additional 2-5 page explication of the translation. Poetry translations will be published in tandem with the original. Please submit the original with complete citation.

All submissions are to be sent via e-mail as an MS-Word attachment to clsa@sfsu.edu. Submissions must include a 250-word abstract and a cover sheet including name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, school affiliation, and current academic standing; your name should not appear anywhere else in the proposal, since this will be a blind selection process. (Only papers by currently enrolled graduate students and doctoral candidates will be considered.)

Contributions for the journal are reviewed with the understanding that they have not been submitted to another journal. Articles will be published online in the Spring of 2009.

Due Date: February 1, 2009

We recommend that you visit our website before submitting: http://userwww.sfsu.edu/~clsa/portals/

Please direct all submissions and inquiries to: clsa@sfsu.edu


An Evening of Poetry

Hello my friends,

This coming Friday, November 7th @ 8pm the CLSA, in conjunction with the GLA, will be having a Poetry Reading Evening at Melissa Mirza's apartment. Feel free to bring either your own work or a favorite poet's work. Some people even choose to read in their foreign language which is always a real treat. There will be wine there as well, of course. At any rate, if you are planning on coming email either me @ mendozas@sfsu.edu or Melissa @ melissa.mirze@gmail.com

Hope to see everyone there!



Foreign Film Night

Foreign Film
and Pizza Night

Join us for a showing of one of Pedro Almodóvar’s most
acclaimed movies, Bad Education (La Mala Educación).

Thursday, October 23rd
@ 7:30 pm
HUM 111 Pizza and beverages will be provided


Upcoming Events

Hi everyone! Below is a list of some of our events which are open to all students:

Thesis Writing Workshop, Mon. September 15th 4:30-5:50pm Hum. 374

Pub Night at Zeitgeist (199 Valencia @ Duboce in the Mission District) Fri. September 19th 4pm - midnight?

Is Doctoral Study Right For You? Workshop Mon. September 22th 4:30-5:50 Hum. 587

Poetry Reading Night In November (time and location shortly)

Additionally, the CLSA is excited to announce that this year we will be collaborating with other organizations on campus. The following are events that the Graduate (English) Literature Association (the GLA) has proposed and that we are extending to all Comp. Lit. students:

Thurs 10/2 9pm Pub Night in the Mission at Liberty's
Wed 10/15 6pm Presidential Debate at Jones' Bar in the Marina (Divisidero & Lombard)
Sun 11/2 2pm Study Day at People's Cafe in the Haight
Tues 11/25 Museum Day during Thanksgiving Week. We will set a time and pick a location closer in.
Tues 12/2 9pm Pub Night at Fly Bar in Western Addition (Divisidero & Fulton)

We also hope to co-sponser the following event with The Michelangelo Club (from the Italian Department):

Foreign Film Night In early October (time and location to follow shortly)



Hello Everyone,

I would like to present the new officers of the CLSA for 2008:

President: Bernie Mendoza

VP's of University Relations: Briah Luther and Anthony Scoggins

VP's of Publishing: David King and Laura Gillis

On behalf of the new CLSA I would like to congratulate all graduating students and offer a sincere thank you to last year's CLSA. Vered Weiss did an awesome job as president as did the rest of the team: Angelo, Adri and David. Thanks for all your hard work and the great memories and I wish you all the best of luck. I have no doubt this year's team will be as successful and as fun!

Have a great summer break and I hope to see everyone next fall at our Welcome Party (which I will keep you updated on)!



Spring Career Panel


Spring Career Panel

Come meet current students and alumni from the Comparative Literature program at SFSU

working in a variety of fields

from education to publishing

to find out

just what one does after graduation.

Thursday, April 3rd, 2008, 7-9 pm

HUM 109

Refreshments provided

Brought to you by the Comparative Literature Student Association


Extended deadline for CLSA Symposium

Deadline for The CLSA Annual Symposium submissions has been extended to March 20th!!!

The CLSA Annual Symposium
At Rosa Parks E
March 22nd at 11am

The symposium will offer a stage for the presentation of various literary and academic genres within the comparative discipline: Translations, poems, short stories, riddles and limericks are welcome, as is conventional (or unconventional) literary criticism.

Please send abstracts to


The CLSA Annual Symposium

The Comparative & World Literature Student Association invites you to participate in

The CLSA Annual Symposium

At Rosa Parks E

March 22nd at 11am

The symposium will offer a stage for the presentation of various literary and academic genres within the comparative discipline:
Translations, poems, short stories, riddles and limericks are welcome, as is conventional (or unconventional) literary criticism.

The deadline for abstract submission is March 14th

Please send abstracts to




Conference Round Table

The Comparative Literature Student Association invites you to the CLSA 2008

Conference Round Table

which will be held at

HUM 109 March 18th at 7:30pm.

The annual Conference Round Table is where professors and graduate students who had already presented at a conference share their experiences with other students. The speakers address a wide range of issues: from the technicalities of submitting a paper to a conference to performance tips and dress code. Each speaker brings his/her personal experience and point of view in order to present a variety of possible approaches. The event is right for the students who are taking their first steps in the world of academia as well as veterans. Come have all your questions answered and fears banished.

Refreshments provided

For further information please contact us at



Poetry Reading

The Comparative & World Literature Students’ Association

invites you to join us for an evening of poetry and wine at

The Second

Poetry Reading Evening

The evening will offer a stage for the presentation of various literary genres:
Poems, riddles and limericks are welcome.
We welcome both original and recycled work.

Location: at Vered Weiss’ 575a 27th Ave. (Between Geary & Anza)

Time: February 29th at 8pm

The party is potluck

For further information please contact us at