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Faculty Spotlight

NEWS FLASH: We thank Elin Diamond, Professor of English, for 6 great years of service as Graduate Director/Chair of Comparative Literature and we welcome Michael Levine, Professor of German and Comparative Literature, as new Graduate Director/Chair. We welcome back Professor Jorge Marcone to a second 3-year term as Undergraduate Director

Congratulations to the following faculty:

EDYTA BOJANOWSKA has received the 2013-2014 ACLS Burkhardt Fellowship and will spend the year in residence at the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton. Her work in Comparative Literature was recently featured in the Rutgers article "Chekhov, Tolstoy, and Beyond".                                         MICHAEL G. LEVINE has published a book entitled "A Weak Messianic Power: Figures of a Time to Come in Benjamin, Derrida and Celan" (Fordham UP, 2013).                                                 SUSAN MARTIN-MÁRQUEZ, Professor of Spanish and Portuguese and Comparative Literature, has won National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for 2013-2014.
BEN. SIFUENTES-JÁUREGUI, Professor of American Studies and Comparative Literature, has received the Warren I. Susman award for Excellence in Teaching in 2013.

SPECIAL CONGRATULATIONS to MARILYN TANKIEWICZ, Administrative Assistant in Comparative Literature, who has won the Graduate School-New Brunswick Staff Excellence Award for 2013. Way to go, Marilyn!!

Graduate Student Spotlight

Comparative Literature congratulates DR. SHIRLI SELA-LEVAVI, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "Guests in their Own Homes: Homecoming, Memory and Authorship in A Guest for the Night by S.Y. Agnon and the Yash Novels by Jacob Glatstein".

Congratulations also to:

DR. ALESSIO LERRO, who successfully defended his dissertation entitled" From Baroque Allegory to Romantic Sublime: Writing, Images, and Subjectivity in Tesauro, Vico, and Novalis".                    DR. MARIA KAGER, who successfully defended her dissertation entitled "The Bilingual Imagination: Joyce, Beckett, Nabokov and the Making of Modern Fiction". Maria is also the winner of a fellowship from Carolus Magnus Fonds, a division of the Prins Bernhard Cultuurfonds of the Netherlands, and will use the Carolus Magnus fellowship to work on a book proposal and to write two more articles.
winner of an "associateship" in the workshop in Scholarly and Literary Translation from Slavic Languages as well as an Individualized Research Practicum through the Russian, East European, and Eurasian Center at the University of Illinois.

Congratulations to all!


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Director of the Graduate Program
in Comparative Literature

Professor Levine 19th-2ist century German, French and Comparative Literature, literary theory, and intellectual history.

His research focuses on four major areas: intersections among literary, philosophical and psychoanalytic discourses; the legal and political legacies of Nuremberg; trauma and the poetics of witnessing; and Kafka and world literature.

Undergraduate Director

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Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese
Director of the Undergraduate Program
in Comparative Literature

Professor Marcone researches and teaches ideas and representations of nature and of the role of humans in such views, in literatures and art from Latin America, and occasionally in Latina/o and Spanish cultures.  He follows an ecocritical approach, that is to say, to study the relationships between culture and its natural and social environments in light of current ecological and environmental theories in the Humanities and the Social Sciences; and in the context of current environmental issues, global or local, and movements. He focuses on the rise of ecological or environmental awareness in Latin American literature under two waves of economic globalization and modernization of society: the period between 1880s-1930s, and the period that has started since the end of the Cold War. He pays special attention to discourses on Amazonia and tropical forests, or the quintessential landscape in Latin America for criticizing modernity, or for apologizing for it, as well as for denouncing the idealization of wilderness. Among his other interests, he directs or supervises two summer study abroad programs in Salamanca, Spain, and in Cusco, Peru.

Administrative Assistant

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Administrative Assistant
Comparative Literature

Marilyn Tankiewicz is responsible for managing the administrative office with regard to graduates, undergraduates and the business operations of the department.  She is the main contact for Comparative Literature.