Professors Kamau Brathwaite, John Chioles, Daniel Javitch, and Timothy Reiss have recently retired and been named Professor Emeriti of Comparative Literature. Kamau, John, Daniel & Tim: We can’t thank you enough for your valued years of service and the honor their scholarship has brought to the Department. We wish you continued success in your writing and research and much happiness in your new adventures! We’ll miss you as colleagues … and as friends!
Professor Cristina Vatulescu was awarded the 2011 Heldt Prize for the best book by a woman in any area of Slavic/Eastern European/Eurasian studies for her book Police Aesthetics: Literature, Film & the Secret Police in Soviet Times. Professor Vatulescu has also received the 2011 Outstanding Academic Title Award, an award sponsored by Choice, a publication of the American Library Association.
Professor Richard Sieburth was awarded a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship for his work in translation. He will be working on a new edition of the Late Baudelaire.
Ms. Caren Van Houwelingen will be our first Ph.D. exchange student from Stellenbosch University (South Africa) this fall. Her research interests relate primarily to the field of gender studies, postcolonial studies, critical race theory, and theories of subjectivity. The Stellenbosch exchanged program was conceived and actualized by Professor Mark Sanders.
Ms. Ozen Nergis Dolcerocca has been awarded the Dean's Outstanding Graduate Student Teaching Award. The annual award recognizes excellent graduate students and their accomplishments as teachers.
Visiting Scholars for 2012-2013
Natalija Arlauskaite received her PhD in Philology from Vilnius University, where she is currently an Assistant Professor in the Institute of International Relations and Political Science. She is completing research on a project titled “Voice of/f the Memory on the Screen: Poetics, History, Politics.”
Kerline Devise studied the politics and aesthetics of bodies as conceived by Michel Foucault at the University of Paris and is an Assistant Professor of Philosophy at the École Normale Supérieure de Haiti. She is currently conducting research for a paper titled “Politics of the Page, the Body, Love and Putrefaction in the Literary Works of Monique Wittig.”
Christiane Frey received her PhD in literary theory from the University of Minnesota and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of German at Princeton University. Professor Frey is completing research on a project titled “The Microscope, Calculus, and the Novel from the late 17th to the early 19th Century.”
Miguel Marinas received his PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where he is currently a Professor of Ethics and Political Philosophy. Professor Marinas’s research project investigates the origin of the political culture in the society of consumption, specifically the first American universal exhibitions and the birth of a pattern of mass consumption in the 60's.
Cristina Santamarina received her PhD from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, where she is currently the Director of Research at CIMOP Institute. Professor Santamarina’s research project investigates the origin of the political culture in the society of consumption, specifically the first American universal exhibitions and the birth of a pattern of mass consumption in the 60's.