Faculty in Comparative Literature

Roger Allen Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations (Emeritus)

Modern Arabic fiction, the Arabic Novel, translation; The Arabic Novel: An Historical and Critical Introduction; The Arabic Literary Heritage; recently translated Ahmad al-Tawfiq's Abu Musa’s Women Neighbors (2006), and Hanan al-Shaykh's The Locust and the Bird (2009).

Rita Barnard English

African and South African literature and cultural studies, modernism and global modernities, twentieth-century American literature (especially the 1930s), contemporary cinema, and the novel as genre.  Co-editor, Safundi: The Journal of South African and American Studies; Editor, The Cambridge Companion to Nelson Mandela (2014); The Great Depression and the Culture of Abundance: Kenneth Fearing, Nathanael West, and Mass Culture in the 1930s; Apartheid and Beyond: South African Writters and the Politics of Place.

Dan Ben-Amos Near East Languages and Civilizations, Folklore and Folklife

Jewish folklore, African folklore, myth, oral narrative and storytelling, the theory and definition of folkloristics. Mimekor Yisrael (ed.), The Folktales of the Jews, vol. 1 (ed.),  Jewish Folk Literature.

Charles Bernstein English

Modernist and contemporary poetry and poetics, digital arts and archives, sound, performance. All the Whiskey in Heaven: Selected Poems (Farrar, Straus, Giroux, 2010), Girly Man (Chicago, 2007), My Way: Speeches and Poems (Chicago, 1999), A Poetics(Harvard, 1992).

Warren Breckman History

Modern European intellectual and cultural history. Books include Karl Marx, the Young Hegelians, and the Origins of Radical Social Theory: Dethroning the Self (Cambridge, 1999; paperback 2001), European Romanticism: A Brief History with Documents (Bedford, 2007), and Adventures of the Symbolic: Postmarxism and Radical Democracy (Columbia University Press, 2012).

Kevin Brownlee French and Italian

Late medieval and Renaissance French and Italian literature. Poetic Identity in Guillaume de Machaut.

Rebecca Bushnell English

Greek classical tragedy, English Renaissance drama, Renaissance humanism, pedagogy. A Culture of Teaching: Early Modern Humanism in Theory and Practice, Green Desire: Imagine Early Modern English Gardens, and Tragedy: A Short Introduction.

Max Cavitch English

Eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Anglophone literature; poetry and poetics; cinema; psychoanalysis; translation (French). American Elegy: The Poetry of Mourning from the Puritans to Whitman; Jean Louis Schefer, L'Homme ordinaire du cinéma (translator).

Roger Chartier Annenberg Visiting Professor at the University of Pennsylvania and Directeur d'Etudes at the Ecole des Hautes Etudes in Paris

Early modern European history, history of education, history of the book, and history of reading; the relationship between literary history and the history of written culture in France, England and Spain; methodological relations between history and philosophy, sociology, anthropology. Le Jeu de la règle (Bordeaux, 2000) and Les origines culturelles de la révolution française (Paris, 2000)

Rita Copeland Classical Studies

History of literary theory and history of rhetoric, medieval studies and passages from antiquity to the pre-modern, and pre-modern intellectual discourses and practices. Pedagogy, Intellectuals, and Dissent in the Later Middle Ages.

Timothy Corrigan English, Cinema Studies

Modern American and international cinema, pedagogy and film. Writing about Film (8th ed., 2001), New German Film: The Displaced Image, A Cinema Without Walls: Movies and Culture after Vietnam, The Film Experience (2008), and The Essay Film: From Montaigne, After Marker.

Román de la Campa Romance Languages

Comparative views of Latin America, American, and Latino literatures, critical theory, cultural practices. Nuevas cartografias latinoamericanas (Letras Cubanas: Havana, 2006), Split-States and Global Imaginaries (Verso, 2007).

Joan DeJean Romance Languages

17th and 18th century French literature, women's writing, history of the transmission of culture and disciplines, history of sexuality, history of print culture, history of the novel. Fictions of Sappho: 1546-1937, Ancients Against Moderns: Culture Wars and the Making of a Fin de Siècle.

David Eng English

Psychoanalysis; critical theory; queer studies; 20th century American, Asian American, and Chinese literature and film. The Feeling of Kinship: Queer Liberalism and the Racialization of Intimacy (forthcoming), Racial Castration: Managing Masculinity in Asian America (2001).

Jim English English

20th century Anglophone literature, critical theory, sociology of culture. The Economy of Prestige: Prizes, Awards, and the Circulation of Cultural Value (2005).

Joseph Farrell Classical Studies

Greek and Latin literature, constructions of classicism, genre theory, history of culture. Vergil's Georgics and the Traditions of Ancient Epic, Latin Language and Latin Culture from Ancient to Modern Times.

Fabio Finotti Romance Languages

Intertextual strategies in Italian literature, relationships among different national traditions, codes, media, genres, and social structures, rhetorical metamorphosis and multiplications of the 'self' from the medieval stage to contemporary writers. Retorica della diffrazione. Bembo, Aretino, Giulio Romano e Tasso: letterature e scena cortigiana.

Michael Gamer English

Romanticism; Authorship, Copyright, and Book History; the Gothic; Drama and Theater; Genre and Reception; Periodicals; the Novel. Romanticism and the Gothic: Genre, Reception, and Canon Formation; Co-editor of The Broadview Anthology of Romantic Drama.

Nili Gold Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Hebrew and Israeli literature combining psychoanalytic, biographical and cultural-historical approaches. Lo Kabrosh: Gilgule Imagim Ve-tavniyot Be-shirat Yehuda Amichai [Not Like a Cypress: Transformations of Images and Structures in the Poetry of Yehuda Amichai] (1994); Yehuda Amichai: The Making of Israel's National Poet (UPNE 2008).

Andrea Goulet Romance Languages

19th- and 20th-century French fiction; science and literature; spatial theory; popular crime fiction; nouveau roman; Optiques: the Science of the Eye and the Birth of Modern French Fiction (2006).

Kathryn Hellerstein German Languages and Literatures; Jewish Studies Program

Yiddish literature, especially poetry; literary translation, translation history and theory; Jewish American literature; gender and Jewish literature; Jewish film; East/West connections; Modernism. A Question of Tradition: Women Poets in Yiddish, 1586-1987; Paper Bridges: Selected Poems of Kadya Molodowsky; Jewish American Literature: A Norton Anthology, co-editor; Women and Jewish Poetry: Nashim, 19 (June 2010), editor; Studies in American Jewish Literature (SAJL): Jewish American Poetry (Special Issue, Spring, 2015), co-editor.

Renata Holod Art History

Islamic art, architecture and visual culture (from 7th c. to the present). Architecture and Community: Building in the Islamic World Today; Mosque and the Modern World; The City in the Islamic World (co-editor); An Island through Time, Jerba Studies (co-director of an archaeological and ethno-historical survey).

Ayako Kano East Asian Languages and Civilizations

Gender, sexuality, feminist studies, modern Japanese literature, performance studies. Author of Acting Like a Woman in Modern Japan: Theater, Gender, and Nationalism.

Suvir Kaul English

Eighteenth-century British literature, contemporary South Asian writing in English, and literary and critical theory. The Partitions of Memory: The Afterlife of the Division of India.

David Kazanjian English

Critical theory, continental philosophy, 18th and 19th century American studies, Armenian diaspora studies, Latin American studies. The Colonizing Trick: National Culture and Imperial Citizenship in Early America (2003), Loss: The Politics of Mourning (2003), The Aunt Lute Anthology of U.S. Women Writers, vol. 1 (co-editor, 2004).

Ania Loomba English

Early modern English literature and culture, postcolonial literature and history, South Asian literature and culture and feminist theory. Race, Gender, Renaissance Drama (1989); Colonialism / Postcolonialism (1998; 2005); Shakespeare, Race, and Colonialism (2002); Postcolonial Studies and Beyond (co-edited 2005); Race in Early Modern England: A Documentary Companion (2007); South Asian Feminisms: Contemporary Interventions (forthcoming).

Heather Love English

Gender studies and queer theory, the literature and culture of modernity, affect studies, film and visual culture, psychoanalysis, race and ethnicity, sociology and literature, disability studies, and critical theory. Feeling Backward: Loss and the Politics of Queer History (Harvard 2007); editor of GLQ special issue on the scholarship and legacy of Gayle Rubin ("Rethinking Sex"), and the co-editor of a special issue of New Literary History ("Is There Life after Identity Politics?"). A book of her essays and lectures (Queer Affect Politics: Selected Essays by Heather Love, ShenLou Press 2012) was published recently in Taiwan.

Joseph Lowry Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations

Medieval Islam; Islamic Law.Early Islamic Legal Theory: the Risala of Muhammad Ibn Idris al-Shafi'i (E. J. Brill, 2007); editor (with D. Stewart and S. Toorawa) of Law and Education in Medieval Islam: Studies in Memory of George Makdisi(E. J. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, 2005) and (with D. Stewart) of Essays in Arabic Literary Biography II: 1350-1850 (Harrasowitz, 2009).

Catriona MacLeod German

Romanticism, Goethe, intermediality and interarts, gender and sexuality. Author of: Embodying Ambiguity: Androgyny and Aesthetics from Winckelmann to Keller and Fugitive Objects: Sculpture and Literature in the German Nineteenth Century; co-editor of two volumes in Word & Image Studies and of Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures (forthcoming). Senior Editor of Word & Image.

E. Ann Matter Religious Studies (Emeritus)

Ann Matter teaches and studies the history of Christianity in the Middle Ages and Early Modern periods, with special attention to the history of spirituality and devotion, the interpretation of the Bible, and the roles of women. Her focus is on the Latin tradition, and on textual studies and editing, especially in Latin and Italian.

Lydie Moudileno Romance Languages

Francophone Caribbean literature, postcolonial studies, West and Central African literatures, the African Novel of the 1990s, Francophone African cinema.

Sheila Murnaghan Classical Studies

Greek tragedy, Homeric poetry, gender studies, twentieth-century reception of the Classics; Disguise and Recognition in the Odyssey.

Benjamin Nathans History

Politics and culture in the Russian and Soviet empires, modern Jewish history, history of human rights. Beyond the Pale: The Jewish Encounter with Late Imperial Russia.

Anne Norton Political Science

Identity and history, colonialism and post-colonialism, tradition and revolution. Republic of Signs: Liberal Theory and American Popular Culture.

Deven Patel South Asia Studies

Classical Indian literature and aesthetics, with a special focus on Sanskrit poetry and poetics; the regional cultures of South Asia; Indian philosophy; myth; critical theory and translation studies. Text to Tradition: The Naisadhiyacarita and Literary Community in South Asia (Columbia University Press, 2014).

Kevin M. F. Platt Slavic

Representation of history, history and memory, Russian poetry and poetics, global Russian culture. Terror and Greatness: Ivan and Peter as Russian Myths.

Christine Poggi Art History

20th century art and theory, collage, Picasso, performance art, gender studies. In Defiance of Painting: Cubism, Futurism, and the Invention of Collage.

Gerald Prince French

20th century French literature, the modern novel, narratology. Narrative as Theme, Guide du roman de langue française.

Jean-Michel Rabaté English

20th century modernism, Joyce, psychoanalysis, critical theory. Joyce Upon the Void: The Genesis of Doubt.

Karen Redrobe Cinema and Modern Media

Karen Redrobe (formerly Beckman) is the Elliot and Roslyn Jaffe Professor of Cinema and Modern Media and chair of the department of the History of Art. She is the author of Vanishing Women: Magic, Film and Feminism (Duke UP, 2003); Crash: Cinema and the Politics of Speed and Stasis (Duke UP, 2010), and is now working on a new book, Undead: Animation and the Contemporary Art of War. She has co-edited two volumes: Still Moving: Between Cinema and Photography with Jean Ma (Duke UP, September 2008) and On Writing With Photography (Minnesota UP, 2013) with Liliane Weissberg, and is also the editor of Animating Film Theory (Duke UP, 2014), which explores the history of film theory's engagement (and lack of it) with animation (Animating Film Theory at Scribd). Her articles address a range of subjects, including the evolving role of film theory in the 21st century, war and the academy, violence and media, community media, animation theory, feminism and terrorism, death penalty photography, the relationship between cinema and contemporary art, and cinematic tempo.

Simon Richter German

18th-century German literature, art, history of medicine, queer theory and gender studies.

Ralph Rosen Classical Studies

Greek literature, history of comedy, satire, and obscenity; ancient philosophy and medicine; contemporary musical culture (jazz, hip hop). Free Speech in Classical Antiquity, Making Mockery: Poetics of Ancient Satire.

Paul Saint-Amour English

Victorian and modernist literature, with special interests in the novel, law, trauma, and visual culture studies. The Copywrights: Intellectual Property and the Literary Imagination (Cornell UP, 2003).

Michael Solomon Romance Languages

Spanish and Latin American cinema, medieval media studies, early modern medicine, remediation of medieval culture in film and digital media, the rise of participatory movements from the middle ages to the present. Fictions of Well-Being: Sickly Readers and Vernacular Medical Writing in Late Medieval and Early Modern Spain (University of Pennsylvania Press 2010), The Literature of Misogyny in Medieval Spain (Cambridge UP 1996), The Mirror of Coitus: A Translation and Edition of the Fifteenth-Century Speculum al foderi.

Peter Stallybrass English

History of the book, Early Modern British and Colonial American literature, cultural theory, material culture. Renaissance Clothing and the Materials of Memory (with Ann Roalind Jones), The Politics and Poetics of Transgression (with Allon White).

Peter Steiner Slavic (Emeritus)

Russian and Czech literature, semiotics, structuralism. Russian Formalism: A Metapoetics.

Peter Struck Classical Studies

History of ideas about the construction of meaning, with specialties in literary criticism, in divination through oracles, omens, and dreams, and in ancient notions of the organism. Birth of the Symbol: Ancient Readers at the Limits of their Texts (Princeton University Press, 2004), Mantikê (Brill, 2006), The Cambridge Companion to Allegory (Cambridge University Press, 2010).

Deborah A. Thomas Anthropology

Is Professor of Anthropology at the University of Pennsylvania. She is the author of Exceptional Violence:  Embodied Citizenship in Transnational Jamaica and Modern Blackness:  Nationalism, Globalization, and The Politics of Culture in Jamaica, and is co-editor of the volume Globalization and Race: Transformations in the Cultural Production of Blackness. Thomas also directed and produced the documentary film Bad Friday: Rastafari after Coral Gardens. She is the incoming Editor-in-Chief of American Anthropologist, the flagship journal of the American Anthropological Association.

John Tresch History and Sociology of Science

History of physical and social sciences, science studies, epistemology, history of technology, science and humanities, anthropology of science, intellectual history. His book, The Romantic Machine, set in France before the revolution of 1848, examined intersections between romanticism, science, industry, and utopian politics; it won the 2013 History of Science Society's Pfizer Award for Outstanding Book. His next book, Poe's Machinery: Twisted Visions, Incredible Facts, and the Forging of US Science, shows Edgar Allan Poe's technical obsessions in the light of scientists' efforts to institute authority over knowledge.

Julia Verkholantsev Slavic Languages and Literatures

Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, Polish, and Croatian cultural history, early modern and medieval literary and linguistic culture, textual and cultural transmission; cultural history of the Grand Duchy of Lithuania and the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth; the Roman Slavonic Glagolitic Rite and culture; Cyrillic, Glagolitic, Latin, and Greek paleography.

David Wallace English

English and Italian culture from 1100-1600; also, Flemish/Dutch, French, German, and Spanish, premodern women, Chaucer, European romance. Premodern Places: Calais to Surinam, Chaucer to Afra Behn, "Periodizing Women," JMEMS, 36.2.; Currently editing a literary history of Europe, 1348-1418.

Liliane Weissberg German

19th and 20th century German and American literature, aesthetics, philosophy of language. Geistersprache: Philosophischer und literarischer Diskurs im spaten achtzehnten Jahrhundert.

Bethany Wiggin Germanics

German literature and culture since the late medieval, German and English literatures of colonial Americas, the novel, transnational literature and multilingual poetics, environmental humanities, utopianism. Novel Translations: The German Novel and the European Book (Cornell 2011) and Germanopolis: Utopia Found and Lost in Penn's Woods (in progress), co-editor of Un/Translatables: New Maps for Germanic Literatures (forthcoming Northwestern) and editor Babel of the Atlantic: Language and Politics in Colonial Pennsylvania (forthcoming), Founding Director Penn Program in the Environmental Humanities.

Emily Wilson Classical Studies

Tragedy, epic, the ancient novel, reception studies, translation studies, ancient philosophy/ ethics. Mocked with Death: Tragic over living from Sophocles to Milton; The Death of Socrates: Hero, villain, chatterbox, saint; Select Tragedies of Seneca, The Greatest Empire: A life of Seneca. Classics editor on Norton Anthologies of World Literature and Western Literature. In progress new translation of the Odyssey.

Chi-ming Yang English

Chi-ming Yang received her Ph.D. in English from Cornell University and her B.A. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University with emphases in Spanish, Chinese, and English. She specializes in the literary and visual culture of race and empire, with a focus on East-West cultural exchanges stretching from the early modern period to the 18th century, and up to the contemporary moment. Her scholarship is interdisciplinary and comparative in approach, crossing the bounds of British, American, Asian, and Latin American studies.  Primary fields of research include: transatlantic/transpacific exchanges; science and race; material culture and globalism; contemporary/postcolonial art, film, and visual culture. Her book, Performing China: Virtue, Commerce, and Orientalism in Eighteenth-century England, 1660-1760 (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2011), is a study of the European fascination with Asia. It examines how China became an intensely debated example of virtue amidst England’s new consumer culture. Publications related to the theme of early modern orientalism have appeared in Comparative Literature Studies, Eighteenth-Century Studies, and Humans and Other Animals in Eighteenth-Century Britain: Representation, Hybridity, Ethics. Her new work concerns race, chinoiserie, transatlantic slavery, and the cultural impact of global flows of silver between Latin America and East Asia.

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Program in Comparative Literature
School of Arts & Sciences
University of Pennsylvania