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Faculty

Core Faculty
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    Emily Apter
    Professor of French, Comparative Literature; Department Chair
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    Research Interests: Philosophizing in Languages, Political Theory, Translation theory and praxis sexuality and gender, critical theory, continental philosophy, psychoanalysis, gender and ontology, new French philosophy, political fiction, French fiction and poetics, periodization critique, history and theory of Comparative Literature, critical pedagogies


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    Ulrich Baer
    Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English
    ; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity
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    Research Interests: Poetry; photography; literary theory; continental philosophy; visual culture; new media; trauma and testimony in all media in history, and culture; literature as a mode of knowing; globalization; environmentalism; texts and images of social justice


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    Gabriela Basterra
    Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese
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    Research Interests: Literature and philosophy, ethical subjectivity, comparative literature, rhetoric, poetry, tragedy, psychoanalysis, ethics and politics, Kant’s theoretical and practical philosophy, Levinas.


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    Emanuela Bianchi
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Ancient philosophy and literature; 20th century and contemporary continental philosophy; feminist/queer theory.


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    Manthia Diawara
    University Professor; Professor of Comparative Literature, Africana Studies
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    Research Interests: Black American film, literary and cultural studies, black film in Africa and Europe.


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    Ana María Dopico
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Comparative studies of the Americas, theory and history of the novel, Cuban and Caribbean Culture, nationhood and imperialism, syncretism and visual culture, memory and popular culture, national poets, public intellectuals and cultural genealogies, U.S. Latino cultures, North-South studies/cultural politics of the global South, gender and narrative, psychoanalysis and social mythologies.


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    Andrea Gadberry
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Comparative early modern and Enlightenment studies; philosophy and political theory, 1600-1800; genre; poetics; psychoanalysis; critical theory.


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    Jay Garcia
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: 20th and 21st century U.S. literature; modern literature and literary theory, African American literary history, Black Atlantic theory, intellectual history; history and practice of American Studies; cultural criticism


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    Hala Halim
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies
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    Research Interests: modern Arabic, English and Anglophone literatures; postcolonial theory; cosmopolitanism; Mediterraneanism and Levantinism; South-South comparatism; Nahda and comparative modernities; Translation Studies; travel literature; globalization; urban cultures


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    Mikhail Iampolski
    Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
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    Research Interests: Slavic literatures and cinema; theory of representation; the body in culture


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    Jacques Lezra
    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Comparative literature and literary theory; Shakespeare; the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe.


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    Avital Ronell
    Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English
    ; University Professor of the Humanities
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    Research Interests: Literary and other discourses; feminist and queer letters; philosophy; technology and media; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; performance art.


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    Kristin Ross
    Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: French literature and culture of the 19th and 20th centuries; Francophone Caribbean literature; urban history, theory, and politics; literature, culture, and ideology; popular culture; History and Literature


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    Mark Sanders
    Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: African Literature, Literary Theory, Law and Literature, Philosophy and Literature, South African Literature and Intellectual History, Testimony, Autobiography, Ethics, Psychoanalysis.


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    Richard Sieburth
    Professor of French, English, Comparative Literature

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    Cristina Vatulescu
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
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    Research Interests: relationship of literature to other disciplines, arts, and media; aesthetics and politics, law, and policing; artistic and extra-artistic genres, in particular the novel, autobiography, and the police file/film; documentary/fiction/metafiction; archival art and theory; intermedia; literary and film theory and history; Russian and Romanian twentieth century culture; immigration and cultural exchange


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    Xudong Zhang
    Professor of East Asian Studies, Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Xudong Zhang’s research interests include critical theory; modernism and modernity; theories of representation, narrative, and interpretation; political philosophy; aesthetics; and twentieth century Chinese literature and culture. Of his ongoing concerns are literary criticism and theory as poetics, socio-ontology, and historiography in one; identity and identity-formation in politico-philosophical and cultural-civilizational contexts; a theory of comparison and comparability; and methodological reconsiderations of area studies. Publishing in both English- and Chinese-speaking worlds, he is currently at work on manuscripts on Hegel’s aesthetics; Lu Xun; and the second volume of/sequel to his 2005/06 book, Cultural Politics in the Age of Globalization.


Visiting Assistant Faculty
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    Ben Baer
    Visiting Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Eduardo Matos-Martin
    Visiting Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Contemporary Spanish peninsular literatures and cinema, political theory, Biopolitics, History and the culture of memory, Fascism in Spain


Professor Emeriti
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    Kamau Brathwaite
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Caribbean literature, culture, and society


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    John Chioles
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature
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    Research Interests: Theatre, philosophy, literary theory, literary texts.


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    Daniel Javitch
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Italian
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    Research Interests: European literature of the Renaissance, poetic theory before 1700, postclassical history of Ancient genres.


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    Timothy J Reiss
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature; Distinguished Scholar in Residence
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    Research Interests: Classical and Renaissance literature, philosophy, and history; the Renaissance and inter-atlantic cultural exchanges; 18th century literature, history and politics; history and theory of theatre; Caribbean culture and political theory.


Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow
  • Timothy Duffy
    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of Comparative Literature

    Research Interests: Renaissance lyric poetry, spatial science, mapmaking, geometry, the spatial turn

  • Phil Kaffen
    Assistant Professor/Faculty Fellow of East Asian Studies

    Research Interests: Modern Japan, Media Aesthetics, War/Security