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Faculty

Core Faculty
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    Emily Apter
    Professor of French, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: 19th- and 20th-century French and comparative literatures; Francophone studies; cultural studies; critical theory.


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    Ulrich Baer
    Professor of German, Comparative Literature; Vice Provost for Faculty, Arts, Humanities, & Diversity
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    Research/Interest: 19th- to 21th-century poetry; literary theory; intersections of history and literature; contemporary literature; theories and history of photography; Rilke and Celan.


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    Gabriela Basterra
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Spanish & Portuguese
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    Research/Interest: Literature and philosophy, ethical and poetic subjectivity, comparative literature, rhetoric, poetry, tragedy, psychoanalysis, ethics and politics, Kant, Levinas.


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    Emanuela Bianchi
    Assistant Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: 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/Interest: Black American film, literary and cultural studies, black film in Africa and Europe.


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    Ana MarĂ­a Dopico
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: 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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    Jay  Garcia
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Black Atlantic literatures and theory; 20th century U.S. literature; literary theory; intersections of history and literature; cultural studies


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    Hala Halim
    Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: modern Arabic, English and Anglophone literatures; postcolonial theory and alternative modernities; autobiography, autoethnography, and travel writing; theory and practice of translation; cosmopolitanism, globalization, gender, and the city.


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


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    Jacques Lezra
    Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature; Chair of Comparative Literature


    Research/Interest: Comparative literature and literary theory; Shakespeare; the literary and visual culture of Early Modern Europe.


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    Avital Ronell
    University Professor ; Professor of German, Comparative Literature, English
    ; Acting Chair
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    Research/Interest: Literary and other discourses; feminism; philosophy; technology and media; psychoanalysis; deconstruction; performance art.


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    Kristin Ross
    Professor of Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: 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/Interest: 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, Comparative Literature
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    Research/Interest: Comparative poetics; history and theory of translation; romanticism; symbolism; modernism.


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    Cristina Vatulescu
    Associate Professor of Comparative Literature, Russian & Slavic Studies
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    Research/Interest: aesthetics and politics, law, and policing; artistic and extra-artistic genres, in particular the novel, autobiography, documentary film, melodrama, and the police file/film; 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/Interest: Modern Chinese literature and culture; critical theory. Twentieth-Century Chinese literature, film, and intellectual discourses; literary theory and aesthetics; political and philosophical discourses of modernity.


Professor Emeriti
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    Kamau Brathwaite
    Professor of Comparative Literature, History
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    Research/Interest: Caribbean literature, culture, and society


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


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    Daniel Javitch
    Professor Emeritus of Comparative Literature, Italian
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    Research/Interest: 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/Interest: 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
  • Eduardo  Matos-Martin

    Research/Interest: Contemporary Spanish peninsular literatures and cinema, political theory, Biopolitics, History and the culture of memory, Fascism in Spain

Associated Faculty
  • Tom Bishop
    Professor of French, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Contemporary theatre and novel, avant-garde movements, cultural history; French-American cultural and political relations

  • Sibylle Fischer
    Associate Professor of Spanish and Portuguese, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Caribbean literature and culture; Spanish American Independence; the Haitian Revolution; culture and politics in the nineteenth century; the history of political thought.

  • John Freccero
    Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Dante; medieval poetry and poetics; Machiavelli.

  • Toral Gajarawala
    Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Postcolonial and subaltern studies; theories of the novel; narrative theory, realisms, modernisms, contemporary Anglophone and vernacular fiction.

  • Philip F. Kennedy
    Associate Professor of Middle Eastern and Islamic Studies, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Medieval Arabic language and literature; classical poetry and poetics; adab; narrative and fiction; recognition/anagnorisis in literature; Qur'an and Tafsir

  • Mary Louise Pratt
    Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis, Spanish & Portuguese, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Latin American literature since 1800; contemporary Latin American narratives and the neo-liberal crisis; postcolonial criticism and theory; cultural studies; women and print culture in Latin America; travel literature; literature and colonialism; cultural theory.

  • Sarah Kay
    Professor of French

    Research/Interest: Medieval literature, philosophy, culture; contemporary theory and criticism

  • Laura  Slatkin
    Professor of Classical Studies (Gallatin) and Comparative Literature (Arts & Science)

    Research/Interest: Research and teaching interests: ancient Greek and Roman poetry, especially epic and drama; wisdom traditions in classical and Near Eastern antiquity; gender studies; anthropological approaches to the literature of the ancient Mediterranean world; and cultural poetics.

  • Robert P Stam
    Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis

  • Jane Tylus
    Professor of Italian, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Late medieval and early modern Italy and Europe, particularly issues related to gender and religion; history of theatre; literature of 19th-century Sicily; the history and culture of Siena

  • Jini Kim Watson
    Associate Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Asia-Pacific literature and cultural studies; postcolonial studies; spatial and architectural theory; comparative modernities; feminist and critical theory

  • Robert J.C. Young
    Professor of English, Comparative Literature

    Research/Interest: Postcolonial literatures and cultures; the history of colonialism and anti-colonialism; cultural history of the 19th and 20th centuries; literary and cultural theory.

Affiliated Faculty