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CLCS Faculty Research and Teaching Interests

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Asaad Al-Saleh: PhD University of Arkansas 2010. Research interests include Arabic literature and culture; autobiography and biography (particularly when expressing themes of displacement, alienation, and resistance); national, religious, and literary identity; politics and literature; 17th-century English writings by women; East in Western imagination (postcolonialism, Orientalism, and reception).  

Gary Atwood:  PhD University of California, Irvine.  Nineteenth and Twentieth Century Spanish Poetry, Narrative, Drama and Film; Avant-Garde, Neo-Avant-Garde and Neo-Baroque Poetry; LGBT literatures, Theories of Gender and Sexuality, Psychoanalysis, Postcolonial Theories and Globalization, Transatlantic Studies, Representation of Space in Literature.

Karin Baumgartner:  PhD Washington University in St. Louis.  18th and 19th century German literature and Philosophy, 21st century German literature, Women writers of the Enlightenment and Romanticism, Epistolarity, Women’s historiography, Feminist literary theory, Swiss literature, theory and literature of multi-culturalism, migration studies.

Nathan Devir: B.A. University of Haifa, Israel. Ph.D. The Pennsylvania State University. Research interests include: Biblical Studies; Comparative Literature; Critical Theory; Hermeneutics; Hebrew Language and Literature; Judaism; Israel Studies; and Francophone Literature (mostly Judeo-Maghrebian).

Maria Dobozy: Professor of German and Medieval Studies. She has served as book review editor for Speculum (German, Dutch andScandinavian). She has published on a variety of topics in medieval culture and literature including medieval law, heroic epics, world chronicles, moral conduct books, and 13th century German romances. Her books include: Full Circle: Kingship in the German Epic. "Alexanderlied, Rolandslied, 'Spielmannsepen.'" 1985; The Saxon Mirror. A Sachsenspiegel of the Fourteenth Century (includes Introduction, Translation, Glossary and Commentary to Eike von Repgow's "Sachsenspiegel"), 1999; and Re-Membering the Present: The Medieval German Minstrel in Cultural Context. 2005. Currently she continues to work in the areas of performance of medieval and renaissance songs, medieval law books, anthropological approaches to literature, and a Hungarian poet, Sebastian Tinódi, whose life and poems about the Turkish wars are her current monograph project. She teaches courses on Arthurian literature and the grail, performance of medieval songs and narratives, crusade and propaganda literature, and international encounters and identity in travel literature. 

Christine Everaert: M.A. and Ph.D. Oriental Languages and Cultures: Indology; Ghent University, Belgium. Hindi and Urdu language; modern (mainly 20th century) short story literature; relation between the Hindu and Muslim community and how both communities are depicted in literature; subversive and censored Indo-Pakistan literature; history and future of Sufism and its influence on modern South Asian literature and pop-culture (film and music); cross-disciplinary research on Hindi and Urdu short story literature combining (socio)linguistics, literature, history and sociology of South Asia.

Rimma Garn:  MFA Moscow State University of Design and Technology, Russia. PhD University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Russian fiction and its European models; the rise of the Russian novel; intertextuality in Russian literature; Russian 18th-century prose. Polish literature and film. East European Cinema:auteurs, parody and satire, propaganda and censorship.

Roman Emperor Constantine

Elena Garcia-Martin: PhD University of Texas at Austin.  Early Modern Spanish literature and culture. 16th and 17th century European theatre. History plays. Dramatic and theater arts. Postcolonial studies.

Katharina Gerstenberger: Katharina Gerstenberger received  her PhD in German Literature from Cornell University in 1993. Her research interests include autobiography and travel writing; city literature; and Jewish literature.  Her most recent monograph is Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature (Camden House, 2008). Her new project is about disaster narratives.

Gema Guevara:PhD University of California, San Diego.  Colonial Latin American Studies, Caribbean Studies, U.S. Latino/a Literatures, Afro Caribbean Music, Visual Studies and Globalization, Postcolonial Studies, Cultural Studies.

Jane Hacking: PhD University of Toronto. Slavic linguistics. Cross-cultural communication. Pragmatic and Phonetic issues in the acquisition of Russian. Slavic folklore.

Christine Jones: PhD Princeton University.  17th & 18th century Literature and Philosophy, the fairy tale, the ceramic arts under Classicism, early garden architecture, turn-of-the-18th-century genres, women writers, theater and performance theory of Old Regime France, and dramatic literature in the foreign-language classroom.

Eric Laursen: PhD University of Wisconsin-Madison.  Soviet Literature and Culture, eugenics, representations of the monstrous, social engineering, the fantastic, science fiction, literature as propaganda, Socialist Realism and formation of the “new Soviet human being.” linguistic engineering.

Joseph Metz: Joseph Metz, PhD Harvard University 1999. Research interests include literary theory; 19th- and 20th-century Austrian and German literature (realism, modernism, and postmodernism); the "physiology of the aesthetic" (the sublime, affect, and the body); lyric poetry; national, gender, and literary identity; and the intersection of religion and the sacred with literary and visual media.

Erin O'Connell: PhD University of California-Santa Cruz. Ancient Greek literature and philosophy, Ancient-Modern relations, Greek Drama and Performance Studies, Presocratic philosophy and Literary Theory, Homeric epic and Rap music.

Esther Rashkin: PhD Yale University. 19th, 20th & 21st century French and Comparative Literature, Film Studies, Psychoanalysis, Literary and Critical Theory, Cultural Studies, Television and Popular Culture, Individual and Collective Trauma, Interdisciplinary Studies in Neuroscience and Neuro-Psychoanalysis

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Jerry Root: PhD University of Michigan. Medieval French literature and medieval strategies of representation, in particular, allegory. Marie de France, Chrétien de Troyes, Guillaume de Lorris, Rutebeuf. Visual representation: manuscript illumination and sculpture. Theory.

Randall Stewart: PhD, Classical Philology, University of Illinois, 1985; Greek oracular texts; Coptic literary and documentary texts; heroic sagas; Greek, Roman, and modern military accounts.

Margaret Toscano: Ph.D. University of Utah. Myth and religion, both ancient and modern. Women's studies. Ancient Greek and Roman women. Medieval women. Mysticism. Theories of gender and sexuality. Feminist theory. Film and film theory. Interconnection between word and visual image in texts. Roman poetry, particularly Ovid. Mormon studies and theology.

Margaret Wan: PhD Harvard University.  Chinese fiction and narrative, popular culture, and performance in the Ming and Qing; martial arts fiction and film.

Fusheng Wu: PhD Brown University.  Classical Chinese poetry, comparative literature, comparative poetics, and translation studies.

Last Updated: 8/8/16