20th century

Alice E.M. Underwood

portrait: Alice Underwood


Office Hours: 
by appointment


Alice entered the Ph.D. program in Comparative Literature in Fall 2012. She is interested in intersections of poetics, sexuality, and political resistance in twentieth-century narrative prose, particularly in Russia and Latin America. Queer theory, postmodernist thought and aesthetics, and the Frankfurt School have influenced her approach to the study of literature. 


"Masks of Opposition: Is Pussy Riot a Drag?" Panel presentation at “Pussy Riot: Performance, Protest, and the Russian State.” Center for Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies, Stanford University, 2012. 


Fluent: Russian, Spanish

Reading: Portuguese, French, Czech






A.B. from Harvard University, 2011. Magna cum laude with highest honors from the Department of Slavic Literatures and Cultures; secondary field in Studies of Women, Gender, and Sexuality. 

Undergraduate Thesis: “Rights on Parade: The Russian LGBT Community’s March Toward Equality," 2011. Slavic Department Best Undergraduate Thesis Prize; Eugene Cummings Award for Thesis on LGBT Topics, Honorable Mention. 

Sarah Wilson

portrait: Sarah Wilson


Office Hours: 
by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 

Dartmouth College Bachelors in Russian and Government cum laude, 2008. Honors Thesis: Victor Pelevin's Feminist Polemic. Awards: ORL Senior Scholar, Cloise Appleton Crane Prize, Pray Modern Language Prize in Russian


Bronwen Tate

portrait: Bronwen Tate
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Bronwen Tate is a PhD candidate in Comparative Literature at Stanford University. Her dissertation "Putting it All in, Leaving it All Out: Questions of Scale in Post-1945 American Poetry" uses scale as a lens to reevaluate 20th century poetic theories and practices. At a theoretical level, this project contrasts the opposing compositional impulses and reading experiences of a poetry of essence and a poetry of duration.  Her work brings into dialogue writers as aesthetically divergent as Allen Ginsberg and Lorine Niedecker or Frank Stanford and James Merrill, as well as shedding new light on the feminist book-length poems of Lyn Hejinian and Bernadette Mayer and the gesture of poetic reticence in Elizabeth Bishop and Robert Creeley. Bronwen has taught courses in literature, creative writing, and English composition at Stanford University, Brown University, Borough of Manhattan Community College and other institutions. She is a 2011-2013 DARE (Diversifying Academia, Recruiting Excellence) Fellow. 


2013 Ph.D. in Comparative Literature, Stanford University  (Expected) 

2006: M.F.A. in Literary Arts: Poetry, Brown University, Providence, RI

2003: B.A. with Honors in Comparative Literature: Literary Translation, Brown University, Providence, RI, magna cum laude. Senior Honors Thesis: Translation into English of the Italian novel Montedidio with critical introduction.


Christy Wampole

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Dissertation: Late Twentieth-Century French and Italian Essayistic Fiction.

Principal advisors: Jeffrey Schnapp, Laura Wittman. Committee members: Robert Harrison, Joshua Landy, Thomas Harrison (UCLA)

My dissertation analyzes the various strands of essayism in French and Italian fiction from the 1960s to present. Beginning with Montaigne, I define the essay’s main features and survey important theories of the essay into the twentieth century. I then offer an expansive genealogy of European essayistic fiction from the early twentieth century to present. I claim that early essayistic fiction, exemplified by writers such as Valéry, Proust, Musil, and Pirandello, fell dormant until the late 1960s when writers rediscovered that the essay’s tentative nature and its rhetorical structures (digression, dialogism, contingency, hypothetical language) could be enlisted to reorient the novel from a realist trajectory to a more open-ended, speculative, and metaphysical one. These writers include Michel Tournier, Yannick Haenel, Muriel Barbery, Italo Calvino, Claudio Magris, and other contemporary French and Francophone novelists.

  • “The Impudence of Claude Cahun.” L’Esprit créateur (forthcoming Spring 2013).
  • “Schreber, parfaitement extralucide.” Magazine littéraire no. 524, October 2012.
  • “Cioran’s Providential Bicycle.” Revista Transilvania (Romania), January 2012.
  • “Fenoglio’s Vitalist Impulse: Primaverilità, Infuturamento, and the Force of Life in Il Partigiano Johnny,Quaderni del ‘900, no. 11, November 2011.
  • “Slim Prospects: The Anorexic Body in the Postmodern Condition.” Quaderni di Synapsis, Vol. 8., 2010.
  • “Jarry, Tabucchi, Pessoa: The Design of Temporal Navigation.” Pataphysica, Vol. 3, mNemonik iNk Press, 2006.
  • “Founders of Discursivity?: A Foucauldian Glimpse of the Ouvroir de Littérature Potentielle.” Chimères: A Journal of French Literature published by the University of Kansas, Vol. XXVIII, Fall 2004.
  • Review of France in Crisis: Welfare, Inequality and Globalization since 1980 by Timothy B. Smith. The French Review 79:4 (p. 860-861) March 2006.
  • Review of Globalization Redux: New Name, Same Game edited by Tom Conner and Ikuko Torimoto. The French Review 79:3 (p.652-653) February 2006.
  • Review of Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady edited by Bonnie Wheeler and John Carmi Parsons. The French Review 78:6 (p.1259-1260) May 2005.
  • Review of Cock and Bull Stories: Folco de Baroncelli and the Invention of the Camargue by Robert Zaretsky. The French Review 78:4 (p. 794-795) Mar. 2005.
  • Review of French Popular Culture: An Introduction, Hugh Dauncey, ed. To appear in The French Review 78:3 (p. 602-3) Feb. 2005.
  • Review of Popular Music in Contemporary France: Authenticity, Politics, Debate, by David L. Looseley. The French Review 78:1(p. 183) Oct. 2004.
  • Review of France and Women, 1789-1914: Gender, Society and Politics, by James F. McMillan. The French Review 77:3 (pp. 603-604) Feb. 2004.
  • Review of The French Wars 1792-1815, by Charles J. Esdaile. The French Review 77:1 (pp. 176-177) Oct. 2003.


  • “Un entretien avec Sonia Korn-Grimani, écrivaine” Guest Host of Professor Robert Harrison’s radio program “Entitled Opinions (About Life and Literature),” on KZSU 90.1 Stanford, March 2011.
  • "Un entretien avec Lyonel Trouillot, écrivain haïtien," Guest Host of "Entitled Opinions," February 2011.
  • "Le Nouveau Roman," Guest on "Entitled Opinions," February 2011.


  • Robinson Crusoe and Its Imitators,” (precept) Creative Arts and Humanities Symposium, Princeton University, September 2012.
  • “The Essayification of Everything,” Preoccupied: The Words, Wounds, and Workings of Occupations, Past and Present (Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Conference), Berlin, Germany, June 2012.
  • “Self-Begetting Theory: Volodine’s Post-Exotic Aesthetics,” Actuality and the Idea Conference, Princeton University, May 2012.
  • “The Root: The Toxicity of a Metaphor in Twentieth-Century France,” Department of French and Italian Faculty Works in Progress Lecture Series, Princeton University, March 2012.
  • “The Essayistic Thrust in the Contemporary French Novel,” Crossings, Frictions, Fusions: 20th- and 21st-Century French and Francophone Studies International Colloquium, Long Beach, CA, March 2012.
  • “Rootedness, a Troublesome Metaphor: Enracination, Eradication, and the Caribbean,” Northeast Modern Language Association Conference, Rochester, NY, March 2012.
  • Endogamie, Exogamie and the Sphere of Possibilities,” Deceit, Desire, and the Novel Fifty Years Later: Mimetic Theory and Literary Studies, Stanford University, April 2011.
  • “Pragmatism and the Essay Form,” American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, Canada, March 2011.
  • “Procedere quasi a tentoni: Possibilitarianism and the Tentacular in Claudio Magris’Danubio,” California Interdisciplinary Consortium for Italian Studies Annual Conference, Stanford, California, March 2009.
  • “A Conversation with Modernism/Modernity” (panelist), Modernist Studies Association Conference, Long Beach, CA, November 2007.
  •  “Oeil pour oeil: Retributive Violence in Houllebecq’s Plateforme,” Violence, Disaster, and the Crisis of Representation Conference, University of California, Los Angeles, October 2007.
  •  “Semiosis of Suspicion in Italian Literary Conversion,” Conversions Conference, Stanford University, January 2007.
  •  “Electronic Games as a Constrained Medium: An Oulipian Approach,” Form, Culture and Video Game Criticism Conference, Princeton University, March 2004.
  •  “The Ninth Art: A Survey of the Comic in France,”  Graduate Student Lecture Series, University of North Texas, April 2003.
  •  “Art as a Classroom Catalyst,”  Texas Foreign Language Association Fall Conference, Fort Worth, TX, November 2002.


  • Essay by Rudolf Arnheim, “Disciplina del grammofono, della radio, del telefono e della televisione,” Modernism/Modernity, Vol. 16.2, March 2009.
  • Essay by Valéry Larbaud, “La lenteur,” SPEED Limits (Milan: Skira, 2009).
  • “The Law of 22 Prairial (1794),” with Dan Edelstein, Telos, no. 141, Winter 2007.
  • Essay by Dr. Sylvie Chalaye entitled “Écritures contemporaines du monde noir francophone: dramaturgies du détour,” Yale French Studies, Vol. 112, November 2007.
  • Essay by Dr. Bernadette Bost entitled “Drames hors-limites: des théâtres de la totalité,”Yale French Studies, Vol. 112, November 2007.
  • Essay by Dr. Natacha Allet entitled “Mythe et légende dans les théâtres d’Antonin Artaud”Yale French Studies, Vol. 111, May 2007.
  • Ten completed books of memoirs of Antoine Köpe, a World War I soldier who resided inTurkey and whose native language was French. 
  • Stanford University: Ph.D in French and Italian literature of the 19th, 20th, and 21st centuries. (2005-2011)
  • École normale supérieure, Paris, France. One year abroad as a pensionnaire étrangère. (2008-2009)
  • Middlebury College. Graduate courses in French and Italian. (2003-2004)
  • L'Université François Rabelais, Tours, France. Semester abroad. (2000)
  • University of North Texas. MA and BA in French Literature. (1996-2002)

Virginia Ramos

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Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Virginia Ramos is a poet and doctoral student in the Comparative Literature department at Stanford University, California, US. She was born in Madrid, Spain, and currently resides in the United States, where she attended college at San Francisco State University and graduated with a B.A. in French and a M.A. in interdisciplinary Humanities with a focus in World Literature. She is currently working on a dissertation on the relationship between space and narrative in 20th and 21st century with a particular emphasis on modernist and contemporary texts. Her interests center on 20th century poetics, poetry, lyrical novel, and multi-genre texts.She works in Spanish, English, French and German Literatures, primarily. She is interested in poetics of liminality and comparative readings that allow for the 'multiplication' of language, the question of “form as content”, “space as content” and the relationship with historical and societal swifts through the creation of novel narrative and poetry with an attention to physical space, often urban. Her work aims to contrast and theorize current and future trends of transnational thought globally. 


Stacy Hartman

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Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education

Stacy Hartman did her undergraduate work at UC Santa Cruz, where she studied modern German literature and feminist theory. In 2005 she was the recipient of a Fulbright Teaching Assistantship and spent the 2005-2006 academic year living in in the northern German city of Lübeck, teaching in a local high school and learning to love marzipan. In 2008, she completed her M.A. in German Studies with Distinction at the University of Manchester, where she studied (among other things) Turkish-German literature and literature of dictatorship, and wrote her M.A. thesis, entitled "At a Crossroads between Paris and Moscow: Latin America, Sinn und Form, and the Socialist Republic of Letters 1949-1981."

Stacy's dissertation, as yet untitled, looks at the cognitive principles of mind reading and mind blindness in relationship to empathy in 20th century literature. Her other current research interests include the broader use of cognitive science in literary study (especially cognitive metaphor theory), the literature of exile and dictatorship, and gender and sexuality in literature and film. She also has an ongoing interest in the construction of ideology and ethics in children's literature and popular culture.


"‘A Romance with One’s Own Fantasy’: The Nostalgia of Exile in Anna Seghers’s Mexico." Edinburgh German Yearbook, Volume 3: Contested Legacies: Constructions of Cultural Heritage in the GDR. Ed. Matthew Philpotts and Sabine Rolle. New York: Camden House, 2009.

Recent Presentations

"'False Leads and Cold Cases': The Insolubility of History in Michael Chabon's The Final Solution," Vanderbilt University, German Studies Graduate Student Conference, March 2012.

"White Ribbons and Purifying Punishments: The Metaphoric Construction of Morality in Das weiße Band," Stanford University, German Studies Colloquium, March 2012.

Teaching Experience


English as a foreign language. Germany, Ecuador, and the United States.

At Stanford:

German 1-3. German language first year courses, taught in German. Responsibilities included helping intermediate and novice speakers advance to the intermediate-mid level in German; use of the textbook Deutsch: Na Klar!; use of multimedia, including films, online videos, computerized oral and written exams. Concentration on oral proficiency. 2011-2012.

German 21. Reading short stories, and review of German structure. Discussions in German, short compositions, videos.

Professional Activities

2010-2012 Co-founder and Student Coordinator of the German Studies Forum, Stanford University

2011-2013 Student Coordinator, Assessing Graduate Education Project, Stanford University

  • Responsible for implementing the "DLCL Graduate Student Survey," which looked at best practices across the six DLCL departments, and then writing the report for the survey. This led to vigorous and productive debate.

2012 Steering committee member, DLCL Graduate Student Conference: Urban / Jungles, Stanford University

2012-2013 Student Coordinator, Teagle Project: Faculty and Graduate Student Collaboration, Stanford University

2012-2013 Intern, Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, Stanford University

  • Helped launch the VPGE's Facebook page and contributed to their evolving social media projects and policies
  • Organized a series of talks from people in alternative academic careers around the university

2012-2013 Student representative, Graduate Academic Committee, Stanford University

Book Reviews

Jaimey Fischer and Barbara Mennel, ed.: Spatial Turns: Space, Place, and Mobility in German Literary and Visual Culture." The Modern Language Review, Volume 107, Number 1, 1 January 2012, pp. 324-326.

David Clarke and Renate Rechtien, ed.: The Politics of Place in Postwar German: Essays in Literary Criticism." The Modern Language Review, Volume 106, Number 2, 1 April 2011, pp. 605-606.

Axel Goodbody, Pól Ó Dochartaigh, and Dennis Tate, ed.: Dislocation and Reorientation: Exile, Division andthe End of Communism in German Culture and Politics. In Honour of Ian Wallace." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 3, 1 July 2010, pp. 923-925.

Katharina Gestenberger: Writing the New Berlin: The German Capital in Post-Wall Literature." The Modern Language Review, Volume 105, Number 2, 1 April 2010, pp. 608-609.


2008 University of Manchester M.A.

2005 University of California-Santa Cruz B.A.


Katia Pansa



Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

Jessie Byron Ferguson

portrait: Jessie Ferguson


Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature

I began my doctoral studies at Stanford in 2007.  Before that, I studied Central European literature and culture as an undergraduate at the University of Chicago, where I was also an enthusiastic member of the Women in Philosophy group.  I then received my M.A. from San Francisco State University with a thesis on history and autofiction in three novels of the mid-1990s. 

My dissertation focuses on the 20th century "essayistic" novel in Latin America (Cuba) and in Europe (Austria), in the context of distinct national/cultural traditions of philosophy and essayistic writing.  I am particularly interested in one shared aspect of these works: the evolving tensions between authorship and fictional creation in the 20th century.  Although my focus is on the era from roughly 1910 to 1965, this tension becomes increasingly salient as the century concludes; I argue that by studying earlier experiments in essayism, we can construct a crucial prehistory of autofiction and related postmodern subgenres on both continents. This is not a triumphalist history of radical uncertainty prevailing over dogmatic realism; it is equally the story of a counter-movement away from creativity and towards a more defensive posture, i.e. an attempt to assess the costs as well as the benefits of essayistic style without simply recapitulating Lukács (although you may draw the glasses and mustache on my portrait above, if you must).

I am also interested in the essay as form in world literature; in the construction and extension of "nonfiction" as a literary category; and, much more broadly, in the figure and theme of education within modern literature: as an imperative, as a curse, as a utopia, as a forest not seen for the trees.


2007: M.A. Comparative and World Literature, San Francisco State University. Additional coursework at the University of California-Berkeley and Freie Universität Berlin (2006).  Thesis: "The Archimedean Author: W.G. Sebald, Roberto Bolaño, and Narrative After Borges."

2002: B.A. General Studies in the Humanities, University of Chicago.  Emphasis on East-Central European literature and culture.


Harris Feinsod

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Office 130
Stanford Humanities Center
424 Santa Teresa St
Stanford, CA 94305


Office Hours: 
By Appointment (Stanford Humanities Center, 130)
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

I entered Stanford's Comparative Literature program in 2005, after completing an A.B. at Brown University, summa cum laude, double concentration in Comparative Literature and Italian Studies (2004).  I also studied at the Universitá di Bologna, dipartimento di Italianistica from 2002-2003. My research interests compass late 19th, 20th and 21st century U.S. and Latin American literature and culture; transnational literary studies (especially hemispheric American contexts); comparative poetics and the history of poetry in English, Spanish and Italian; modernism and the avant-garde in Europe and the Americas; approaches to the environmental humanities; postmodernism and inter-ethnic literature and cinema in the U.S. "new west."

I am presently completing my dissertation, "Fluent Mundo: Inter-American Poetry, 1939-1973," a study of poetry and the culture of inter-Americanism from the beginning of World War II to the peak of the Latin American literary "boom."


Entries for “Sound Poetry,” “Glossolalia,” "Hypogram," "Clavis" and “Matrix,” Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn. (Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2012).

Book review of Jeffrey Yang’s An Aquarium, Mantis 8 (Summer, 2009): 245-247.

“Reconsidering the ‘Spiritual Economy’: Saint-John Perse, His Translators, and the Limits of Internationalism,” Telos 137 (Spring, 2007): 139-161.

Recent Teaching

COMPLIT 134, "The Poetry of History in the Americas," Spring, 2010 (Instructor)

DLCL 189, "Honors Thesis Writing Workshop," Fall, 2008 and 2009 (TA)

ITALLANG 1 and 2, "First Year Italian," Winter-Spring, 2007 (Instructor)

COMPLIT 121, "Poems, Poetry, Worlds," Fall, 2007 (TA)

COMPLIT 123, "History of Childrens Literature," Spring, 2006 (TA)

Professional Activities:

Assistant Editor, The Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th Edn (forthcoming, 2012)

Co-founder (with Roland Greene and Nicholas Jenkins) and coordinator, Stanford Workshop in Poetics, 2006-2010

Producer, Entitled Opinions, a weekly radio talk show and podcast hosted by Robert Harrison on KZSU 90.1FM, Stanford University, 2007-2009

Managing Editor, Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation, Stanford University, 2006-2008. 

Selected Conference Presentations:

"Unscored Librettos of Some Bearded Castro," Trans-American Studies Workshop, Stanford University, April 7, 2011 (scheduled)

"Periodization in the Poetry of the Americas," Institutions of Periodization, American Comparative Literature Association, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011 (scheduled)

"Postwar Poetry and the Ruins of Inter-Americanism: Bishop, Neruda, Olson, Ginsberg," Northwestern University, February 8, 2011

"Fluent Mundo: Notes Toward an Inter-American Stevens," Wallace Stevens Society, American Literature Association, San Francisco, May 25, 2010

“‘The Continent from Pole to Pole’: Poetry and the Infrastructure of  Wartime Pan-Americanism”: Poetry of the Americas Colloquium, Princeton University, April 17, 2010

“The Renga and the Hoax: Poetry under the Cosmopolitan Mandate,” World Literature: Poetics/Performance/Publics, ACLA, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010

“Elizabeth Bishop, *with Apologies to Pablo Neruda,” Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture Workshop, Stanford University, February 5, 2010

"Sound Poetry as Genre," Melopoeisis: New Soundings in Music and Poetry (seminar panel), ACLA, Harvard University, March 26-29, 2009

“Hugo Ball’s Lautgedichte and International Language Systems,” Hermes Seminar, London, June 2008

“These Vast Imagination's Shrank: Vico's Giants and the Dimensions of the Human,” Stanford Aesthetics Workshop, May 2007

Selected Awards and Fellowships:

Geballe Dissertation Prize Fellowship, Stanford Humanities Center, 2011

Graduate Research Opportunity Grant for work at Fundación Pablo Neruda, Santiago de Chile, 2009

Ric Weiland Graduate Fellowship for outstanding third-year doctoral candidates, 2008-2010

Melanie Conroy



Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics
Curriculum Vitae: 

In September 2012, Melanie Conroy earned a Ph.D. in French at Stanford University, specializing in the literature and popular culture of the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. She holds an M.A. in comparative literature from SUNY Buffalo and an M.A. in French literature from the University of Paris VIII.

Current Website.


"Before the ‘Inward Turn’: Tracking Direct and Indirect Thought in the French Realist Novel," forthcoming in Poetics Today.
 “Comment se vendre: L’escroquerie et le marketing dans ‘La vie publique et privée de mossieu Réac’ de Nadar," forthcoming in Médias 19.
Spontaneity and Moral Certainty in Benjamin Constant’s Adolphe," Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 40.3-4.
Review of Femmes poètes du XIXe siècle: Une anthologie. Ed. Christine Planté. Nineteenth-Century French Studies, 39.3.

Conference Papers:

 “Comment se vendre: L’escroquerie et le marketing dans ‘La vie publique et privée de mossieu Réac’ de Nadar,” Presse, prostitution, bas-fonds dans l'espace médiatique francophone, Colloque international, Québec, Canada, June, 2012.
“Enrichissez-vous: Speculation in the comédies-vaudevilles and Balzac," American Association of Comparative Literature, Providence, Rhode Island, April, 2012.
“The Melodrama of History: Carlyle, Dickens, and Sand on the Morality of the Revolution,” Modern Language Association, Seattle, January, 2012.
“French Salons and Utopian Ideals,” French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, December, 2011.
“Above the Law: Reviving the Marquise de Brinvilliers,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, October, 2011.
“French Salons: Death or Renewal? The Case of Sophie Gay and Delphine de Girardin,” Humanities Education and Research Association, San Francisco, February, 2011.“Is Socialism the Opiate of the Masses?: Politics as Religion,” Modern Language Association, Philadelphia, December, 2009.
“The Cult of the Nobility: Nineteenth-Century Heraldry and Arms,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, S alt Lake City, Utah, October, 2009.
“Balzac and the Stock Market,” Nineteenth-Century French Studies Conference, Utah, October, 2009.
“Noble Signs, Bourgeois Readers ,” French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, May, 2009.
“Adolphe: The Necessary Destruction of Tradition, Spontaneity and Unreason,” University of Chicago, Romance Languages Graduate Conference, May, 2009.
“Anti-Romantic War Heroes: T.E. Lawrence and René Char,” Avatars: Personae, Heteronyms, Pseudonyms, Comparative Literature Graduate Conference, Stanford University, April, 2009.

Teaching Experience:

At Stanford, in spring of 2010, I taught "Nineteenth-Century French Fiction: Outsiders, Conspirators, and the Masses," an introduction to the realist and Romantic novel and nineteenth-century French culture. I also had the pleasure of being a teaching assistant for the "Philosophy and Literature" gateway course. I've also have taught the full range of French language classes at Stanford: the first-year course sequence, as well as first quarter of second-year French, and a part of the accelerated sequence.

Before coming to Stanford, I was a lectrice in France, first at the University of Paris VII and then at the École Normale Supérieure-Lettres et sciences humaines in Lyon. I taught graduate level courses in oral English, both academic and colloquial, as well as academic writing. In France, I had the opportunity to prepare students for the "Agrégation interne," as well as to teach English academic presentation skills to Francophones and to lead a French-to-English translation seminar.

Courses Taught:

Stanford University              

  • FRENLIT 148: Outsiders, Conspirators, and the Masses: Nineteenth-Century French Fiction. Looks at the emergence of new social types in nineteenth-century fiction: social climbers, dandies, amateur philosophers, impoverished students, master criminals, aspiring actresses, and political radicals. How do groups differentiate themselves in and by way of literature? Who belongs and who doesn’t? Which groups are heroized and which are villainized? Authors include Balzac, Stendhal, Sue, Nerval, Vigny, Flaubert, Zola. Taught in French. Spring 2010.
  • Philosophy and Literature. TA for Professors Lanier Anderson and Joshua Landy. Responsibilities included teaching a section, co-creating assignments, and reviewing undergraduate papers. Winter 2010.
  • French 1-3, 22, 5C: French language first and second year courses, including accelerated, taught in French. Responsibilities included helping intermediate novice speakers advance to the intermediate-mid level in French; use of the textbook Mais oui; use of multimedia, including films, online videos, computerized oral and written exams. Concentration on oral proficiency. 2007-2009.

École Normale Supérieure-LSH, Lyon, 2005-2006.
Lectrice d’anglais. Courses included academic writing in English and advanced oral English at the graduate level.

Université de Paris VII, Institut Charles V, Paris, 2002-2003.
Lectrice d’anglais. Instructor for courses including advanced oral English at graduate level; French to English translation (first year, thème 1 & 2); teacher preparation for English "Agrégation Interne."

University at Buffalo, NY, 2001-2005.
Instructor of English. Taught first-year composition (101 and 210, four semesters). Designed and taught: COL 160: Culture of Rebellion, on the pan-American Bildungsroman (Roy, Kerouac, Puig,  etc.).

Professional Activities:

2009-12: Graduate Coordinator, Philosophy and Literature, Stanford University
2009-10: Graduate Coordinator, French Culture Workshop, Stanford University
2009-10: Managing Editor, Republics of Letters, Stanford University
2008-09: Graduate Student Representative, Department of French and Italian, Stanford University
2008: Graduate Coordinator, Sports History and The Future of Sports, Stanford University
2008: Graduate Coordinator, The Republic of Letters, Stanford University
2007-08: Graduate Coordinator, Philosophical Reading Group, Stanford University
2007: Contributing Editor, Mantis: A Journal of Poetry, Criticism and Translation, Stanford University


2006: M.A. in French Literature, University of Paris VIII
MA Thesis: "Le cercle vicieux: sur Le Baphomet de Pierre Klossowski," advisor: Jean-Michel Rey, program: texte, imaginaire, société
2005: M.A. in Comparative Literature, SUNY Buffalo
2000: B.A. in English Literature (Honors) and Creative Writing, University of Alberta

Ph.D. in French 2011-12 Whiting Fellow, Stanford University

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