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The Department of Comparative Literature is administered by a core of permanently appointed faculty members as well as faculty drawn from related departments serving fixed-term appointments. Additional affiliated faculty work with our students as teachers and mentors. We are a close collective whose diverse interests, in their aggregate, define a core of inquiry both open and coherent. The titles listed below—of book projects completed and ongoing—are representative of these interests.

Michael Allan:

  • In the Shadow of World Literature: Sites of Reading in Colonial Egypt
  • Picturing the World: The Global Routes of Early Cinema, 1896-1903

Steven Brown:

  • Japanese Horror and the Transnational Cinema of Sensations
  • Tokyo Cyberpunk: Posthumanism in Japanese Visual Culture
  • Theatricalities of Power: The Cultural Politics of Noh
  • Cinema Anime: Critical Engagements with Japanese Animation
  • Performing Japanese Women

Kenneth Calhoon:

  • Fatherland: Novalis, Freud and the Discipline of Romance
  • Affecting Grace: Theatre, Subject and the Shakespearean Paradox in German Literature from Lessing to Kleist
  • Under the Sign of Insomnia: Romanticism and Weimar Cinema
  • Peripheral Visions: The Hidden Stages of Weimar Cinema (edited)
  • “Es trübt mein Auge sich in Glück und Licht”: Über den Blick in der Literatur (co-edited)
  • The Idea of the Forest: German and American Perspectives on the Culture and Politics of Trees (co-edited)

Roy Chan

  • The Edge of Knowing: Dreams, History, and Realism in Modern Chinese Literature

 Katya Hokanson:

  • Writing at Russia’s Border
  • Russian Women and Scenarios of Empire Russian Women and Scenarios of Empire

Leah Middlebrook:

  • Imperial Lyric: New Poetry and New Subjects in Early Modern Spain
  • Poiesis and Modernity in the Old and New Worlds
  • Forgotten Forms: Amphionic Poetics and Cultures of Imperium (Spain, France, England and the Spanish Americas). (In-progress)

Jenifer Presto:

  • Beyond the Flesh: Alexander Blok, Zinaida Gippius, and the Symbolist Sublimation
  • Catastrophic Modernism: Russian Writing between Etna and Vesuvius

 Tze-Yin Teo:

  • Unfinished Translation: The Promise of Transpacific Relation
  • Just Translation, or, How Does a Translation Lay Claim to Justice?