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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.
MATTHEW MANGOLD,
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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First Year

Joseph Hong (B.A. from University of California, Irvine, 2013)


Research Interests: Comedy and satire, theories of education, Early Modern French Literature, 20th and 21st century American Literature, phenomenology, and psychoanalysis

 

Qingfeng Nie (B.A. from East China University, 2000 & M.A. from Fudan University, 2010 & M.A. from Columbia University, 2012)


Research Interests: Third to Fourteenth Century Chinese Literature, history, historical geography, archaeology, and cultural studies

 

Josue Rodriquez (B.A. from New Jersey City University, 2000 & M.A. from Columbia University, 2012)


Research Interests: Latin American and French Avant Garde (Surrealism, Creationism, Vanguard), 20th century Spanish, French, and Portuguese poetry and literature, modernism, post-modernism, theories of authorship/readership

 

Jeong Eun (Annabel), We (B.A., Northwestern University, 2013)


Research Interests: English and Korean modernist literature, gender and queer studies, translation studies, 20th and 21st century French and German philosophy, critical theory, colonial and postcolonial literatures in English, Korean, French, and Japanese, visual arts and film

Last Updated on Tuesday, 12 November 2013 12:39
 
Second Year

Shawn Doherty (B.A. in Comparative Literature from Swarthmore College)

Research Interests: 20th- and 21st-Century Literatures of the Caribbean in English, Spanish, and French; Theories of Globalization; 20th-Century Latin American Poetry; Postcolonial Studies.


Melina Gills (B.A. in Modern Culture and Media from Brown University; M.A. in Comparative Literature from the University of Buenos Aires)

Research Interests: Postcolonialism, Marxism and Materialism, Memory, Otherness, Latin America, Francophone Literatures, Literary Theory, and Film.


Bernabe Mendoza (B.A. in Literature, from the University of California, Santa Cruz; M.A. in Comparative Literature, from San Francisco State University)

Research Interests: 20th and 21st Century American and Latin American Literature, Narrative Theory, Feminist Theory, Gender and Queer Studies, Literary Theory and Criticism.


Sofia Tirado (B.A. in English and Spanish, Cum Laude, from the University of Notre Dame)

Research Interests: 19th and 20th Century Literature in English, Spanish, and Portuguese; Inter-American Studies; Latino/a Literature; race and gender; Comparative Ethnic Studies; and Postcolonial Studies.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:40
 
Third Year

Corey Clawson (B.A. in English Literature (2009) from Utah State University)

 

Research Interests: Queer/lgbtq, postcolonial, telveision, and cinema studies, questions of transnational influence, translation theory, poetry, literatures in Portuguese, Spanish, and English

 

Enmanuel Martínez (B.A., Cum Laude, with Distinction in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory and Latin American and Latino Studies (2011) from the University of Pennsylvania)

 

Research Interests: Caribbean Studies; Latin American and U.S. Latino/a literature and history; Trans/Queer theory; and Postcolonial trauma studies

 

Lina Qu (B.A. and M.A. in English Literature at Peking University in People's Republic of China)

 

Research Interests: Feminist Theories and how to integrate contemporary Chinese women writings into the panorama of women writings and women's movement in the globe

 

Carolyn Ureña  (A.B. in Comparative Literature from Princeton University in 2008 and her M.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, College Park in 2011)

 

Reserch Interests: Illness Narratives, Disability Studies and Medical Humanities; Cinema Studies; Critical Caribbean Studies; and Critical Theory

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 15:15
 
Fourth Year

Nadia Alahmed (Birzeit University, University of Massachusetts, Amherst)

Research interests: The Black Arts Movement and the Palestinian Poetry of Resistance, 19th Century Slavic Literature (Russian and Ukrainian), nationalism, resistance literature, post-colonial theory.


Maria Beliaeva (B.A. in English and French Honors from UBC, Canada)

Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-Century English, French, Russian literature, poetry and poetics; continental philosophy; the European fin-de-siècle; nationalisms; colonialism; exile and the absurd.


Jinhwa Lee (B.A. in English Literature (2004) from Seoul National University; M. A. in Comparative Literature (2007) from Seoul National University)

Research Interests: queer/lgbtq, postcolonial, urban, trauma studies. translation theory. 20c English, American, Korean, Japanese literatures. women's writings. witness narratives. modernity. World Wars.


Lidia Levkovitch (B.A., Spanish Language and Literature, Rutgers University; B.S., Computer Science, Drexel University)

Research interests: Russian literature in the late 20th and 21st century, translations of poetry, "real maravilloso", immigration and diasporas


Brendan Rabon (M.A. in Classical Languages from the University of Georgia and B.A. in Classics from New College of Florida)

Research Interests: Greek and Latin poetry, Early Modern reception of classical texts, Neo-Latin poetry, translation theory, intertextuality, pastoral poetry.


Huseyin Ekrem Ulus (B.A., M.A. and Ph.D. in English Literature at Ege University)


Research Interests include Myths, Mythopoesis, Critical Theory and Translation.

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 15:15
 
Fifth Year

Tara Coleman (B.A. in Comparative Literature from Barnard College and M.A. Philosophy in English Literary Studies from the Chinese University of Hong Kong)

Research Interests: 20th century English, Chinese and French literatures, global modernisms, postcolonial studies, literary theory


Ben De Witte (Major in philosophy (2004) from Ghent University, and joint M.A. in English and American Literature & Women's and Gender Studies (2009) from Brandeis University)

Research Interests: Queer/gay/lesbian studies, literary theory and criticism


Matthew Mangold (B.A. St. John’s College, Annapolis, MD; Certificate of Russian Studies, St. Petersburg State University, St. Petersburg, Russia)

Chekhov and nineteenth-century Russian literature, literary and critical theory, environmental humanities, literature and medicine, film studies


Louis Segura (B.A. from UC Santa Cruz in Modern Literary Studies)

Research Interests:  The political and moral repercussions of witnessing and literary representations of trauma, Philosophy of Language, Narrative Theory, Holocaust Literature, 19th Century French Poetry, Latin American Jewish Studies

Last Updated on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 10:04
 
Sixth Year

Vaughn Anderson (B.A. from Vassar College '07)

Research Interests:  20th-Century Andean fiction, science fiction, and literary urbanism


Lauren Fanelli (B.A. from Cornell University and an M.F.A. in poetry from American University)

Research Interests: 20th-Century global poetry, modern women's fiction, Italian literature, and feminist theory


Chia-Chieh  (Mavis) Tseng (M.A. in Foreign Literatures from National Chiao Tung University, Taiwan)

Research Interests: Urban literature, gender studies, psychoanalysis and critical theory

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:35
 
Seventh Year

Caroline Godart (B.A. from Université Libre de Bruxelles and an M.A. in English and Women's Studies from Brandeis University)

Research Interests: Contemporary women's cinema and literature, feminist theory


Anna Maria Kager (Doctoral (equivalent of BA and MA combined) in Comparative Literature, August 2005, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Research Interests: Language and national identity; the 20th century novel; modernist fiction; dialect writing; Irish literature


Alessio Lerro (B.A./M.A.: Laurea in Lettere Moderne, University of Bologna, Italy 2005).

Research Interests: Giambattista Vico, Baroque Art and Literature. Aesthetics and Rhetoric Philosophy and Literature. Italian Modernism and F. T. Marinetti. German Romanticism, Theory of tropes

Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:35
 
Eighth Year

Steven Gonzagowski (M.A. Dartmouth College, 2005)


Research Interests: Lusophone and Hispanic literature, Psychoanalytical Approaches to Literature, Masculinity and Gender Studies, Travel Narratives


Neil Pischner (B.A. Boston University, 1996; MA SUNY Center Albany, 2006)


Research Interests:  Peru, performance studies, ecocriticism


Hugo Rios (B.A., Comparative Literature, M.A., English Education, University of Puerto Rico at Mayaguez)


Research Interests include film and literature, contemporary world cinema, early cinema, European silent film


Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 14:32
 
Advanced

Diane DeLauro

Research Interests: Information forthcoming

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Krisztina Domjan (M.A. in literature and linguistics, Janus Pannonius University, Pécs; M.A. in comparative literature, Rutgers)

Research Interests: Postcolonial and postmodern parody, 20th century. novel, gender studies

 

Caroline Godart (B.A. from Université Libre de Bruxelles and an M.A. in English and Women's Studies from Brandeis University)

Research Interests: Contemporary women's cinema and literature, feminist theory

 


Yu-I Yvette Hsieh (BA from National Taiwan University, MCIS from Rutgers University)

Research Interests: Science fiction, history of science, critical theories, East Asian popular culture, Gothic literature, queer modernism.



Anna Maria Kager (Doctoral (equivalent of BA and MA combined) in Comparative Literature, August 2005, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands)

Research Interests: Language and national identity; the 20th century novel; modernist fiction; dialect writing; Irish literature


Alessio Lerro (B.A./M.A.: Laurea in Lettere Moderne, University of Bologna, Italy 2005).

Research Interests: Giambattista Vico, Baroque Art and Literature. Aesthetics and Rhetoric Philosophy and Literature. Italian Modernism and F. T. Marinetti. German Romanticism, Theory of tropes


Jacqueline Loeb (B.A. in English and Spanish from Binghamton, The State University of New York and M.A. in comparative literature from Rutgers University)

Research Interests:  Psychoanalysis, Jewish mystical writing, postmodern literature


Liesl Owens (B.S. Biology Juniata College, PA.; M.A. Spanish Temple University, PA)

Research Interests: Contemporary Caribbean Literature, Historical Fiction, Post-Colonialism, Globalization, Early Modern Dictionaries


Jennifer Raterman (Undergraduate Degree: B.A. from Kenyon College, 2005)


Research Interests: British and French literature, 19th-century novels, women's writing, translation, narrative


Shirli Sela-Levavi (B.A. from Tel-Aviv University 1988-1992; MA from Tele-Aviv University, 1993-2001)

Research Interests: Jewish literature, more specifically, Jewish-American and Hebrew immigrant and travel literature and the interface between Hebrew and Yiddish literature in the beginning of the 20th century

 

Sergey Toymentsev (M.A. Kazan State University, 2000 & European Humanities University, 2002)

Research Interests: French Theory (Blanchot, Foucault, Deleuze, Barthes)


Mary Jo Watts (B.A. from The University of Tulsa in French, 1992; M.A. from Rutgers in Comparative Literature, 1996)

Research Interests: New media, Web 2.0, instructional technology, the intellectual history of comparative literature, theories of reading


Last Updated on Monday, 01 July 2013 16:00