Current Student Research

Keisha Allan -  My research seeks to investigate the creation and utility of “possible worlds” in literary realms that resist sociocultural and political normative constructions of the nation-state by contemporary women authors of the Anglophone, Francophone and Hispanophone Caribbean. Using the theories of Bertrand Westphal, Robert Tally and Thomas Pavel, I argue that the imaginary spaces created within the literary realm can produce alternative worlds outside of the semantic domain of narrative by illustrating that fictional worlds can provide women the means to imagine real-life possibilities for overturning the socio-political reality. 

Courtney Coppage - Courtney Coppage studies twentieth-century literature with interests in comparative literary history and theories of narrative and interpretation. She works in English, Czech, and German.

Chen Edrei - My research is focused on the emergence of a unique Jewish genre - the Hasidic narrative, during 1860s in Eastern Europe. As a community that was represented in literature merely by its opponents, Hasidism started to claim its own voice by printing collections of stories. The goal of this work is to offer a new critical literary framework for reading the Hasidic text, while pointing to its cultural and political role. Using theories concerned with Narratology, Romanticism, Modernity and Nationalism and taking into account the historical background, I argue that the Hasidic text express an alternative path for the development of Modern Hebrew literature. Those text, which were excluded from the critical discourse for being merely "folktales" offer new ways of perceiving the relationships between individual and community and therefore call for reevaluation of values of modernity and rethinking of notions such as Nationalism.

Andrea Knowles - I am interested in exploring themes of displacement (including displacement within language) and home in and through literature. I'd like to examine the ways in which home and belonging and alternatively, displacement, alienation, and marginality are rhetorically constructed and deconstructed in modern and contemporary literature--in particular, in Latin American, Latino/a and Chicano/a literatures.

Manon Soulet : My research focuses on the works of 19th British and French authors Jane Austen, Matilda Betham-Edwards, and George Sand. I am interested in the way those authors connect the local and the global in their works by using the transnational as a space of creative agency. I argue that, by widening the scope of women’s writing in this way, those authors significantly expand both the geographic and diachronic scale of interpretation required to perform a critical reading of their texts and that, read from a global(ized) perspective, they can be seen as avatars of a larger historical process of globalization in the 19th century.
Fatima Taha: Fatima's research interested seek to discover the impact of male author, male narrators, and male translators othering and containing women in 19th century Urdu novels and modern translations of 19th century British novels into Urdu.
Nathan Tillman  - Nathan studies rhetoric in the writing and work of Western missionaries in Korea at the turn of the twentieth century. He is interested in questions of language, education, colonialism, and cross-cultural encounter. In particular, he wonders how people learn to respect each other despite cultural barriers.
Nancy Vera  - Nancy’s research interests include the Black diaspora in Latin America—particularly Mexico—and modern Latin American literature that deals with class, race, and gender. Nancy’s past seminar projects (Fall 2016) dealt with the concept of masculinity in Cuban slave narratives and the rigidity of the color line in Nella Larsen’s novel Quicksand. 
Tung-An Wei (Miranda) researches on the narrative strategies of "resistant texts" in 20th century British literature. She is interested in narrative theory, the history of the novel, and the rewritings of ancient Greek literature.