Graduate Colloquium - October 19, 2011

"Figures of the Interval: Luce Irigaray and Film"
 Led by Caroline Godart

Wednesday, October 19, 2011
Potluck & Colloquium: 6:00 pm

195 College Ave.
New Brunswick, NJ

Caroline's paper proposes to revisit a classic of women's cinema, Jane Campion's The Piano (1993), and to explore the resonances between the movie and Luce Irigaray's concept of the interval. The latter is at once a spatial and a temporal concept, and therefore lends itself well to cinematic analysis. The Piano is driven by a formal framework that relies consistently on the opposition between nearness and distance and that echoes Irigaray’s theory. Caroline wants to argue that both the philosopher and the filmmaker develop a feminist ethics that is grounded in a similar understanding of spatiality.

Graduate Student Spotlight

Congratulations to 2016 PhD BEN DE WITTE, now a Doctor-Assistant in the Research Unit on Translation and Intercultural Transfer ("Vertaling en Interculturele Transfer") at KU Leuven in Belgium. Veel succes, Ben!

Comp Lit celebrates our most recent PhDs:

  • Shawn González: "Translating Linguistic Conflicts: A Decolonial Perspective on Multilingual Caribbean Literature" (2017)

  • Matthew Mangold: "Chekhov's Medical Aesthetics: Environments, Psychology, Literature" (2017)

  • Huseyin Ekrem Ulus: "Nationalism, Secularism, Belonging, and Identity in Philip Roth, Salman Rushdie, and Orhan Pamuk" (2016)

  • Carolyn Ureña: "Invisible Wounds: Rethinking Recognition in Decolonial Narratives of Illness and Disability" (2017)

Congratulations also to...

  • María Elizabeth Rodríguez Beltrán, awarded a Ford Foudation Pre-Dissertation Fellowship
  • Virginia Conn and Rafael Vizcaino, who recently passed their doctoral exams
  • Rudrani Gangopadhyay, winner of the 2017 Cinema Studies Graduate Essay Prize for “Gazing into the Past: Memory in Michael Haneke’s Caché


Rutgers Comp Lit wins Mellon Grant to support Critical Theory in the Global South initiative

The Rutgers Program in Comparative Literature is pleased to announce a five-year collaboration with the Autonomous National University of Mexico (UNAM). This partnership, beginning in 2018-19 and funded generously by the Mellon Foundation’s Critical Theory in the Global South initiative, will support reciprocal dissertation workshops in Mexico City and New Brunswick, as well as the creation of a new interdisciplinary course, to be taught concurrently in English and Spanish at Rutgers and UNAM, on “The University and Its Publics: North, South, and In Between.”

Rutgers Comp Lit participates in this initiative as a member of the International Consortium of Critical Theory Programs (ICCTP), co-directed by Judith Butler (UC Berkeley) and Penelope Deutscher (Northwestern). For further information about the Rutgers-UNAM collaboration or the ICCTP, please contact Andrew Parker, the principal investigator for the Rutgers Mellon Grant, or go to


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