comparative studies

Luke Parker

portrait: Luke Parker

Focal Group(s): 
Digital Humanities
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics
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“Literature at the Junction: Russian Émigré Writers in Interwar Berlin and Paris.” 

A study of Russian writers in the context of 1920s and ‘30s Europe, examining the interaction between émigré and Western literary production. The Russophone literary career of Vladimir Nabokov from 1922 to 1939 is used as a focal point, toward which the contemporary writings of Vladislav Khodasevich, Ivan Bunin, and other Paris-based writers converge. Their fiction and criticism is set against the backdrop of a native reaction to the postwar climate, treating in particular the changes in psyche and city reflected upon in the work of Sigmund Freud, Walter Benjamin, and Siegfried Kracauer.

Conference papers:

"Nabokov in Weimar: Culture Criticism and Nabokov's Early Russian Novels"
AATSEEL (American Association of Teachers of Slavic and East European Languages) Annual Conference
Chicago, January 9-12 2014

"Emigration, Backwardness, and the Search for a New Present: Russian and American Writers in Interwar Europe"
ACLA (American Comparative Literature Association) Annual Meeting 
Brown University, March 29 - April 1 2012

"At the Front: War and Avant-Garde in British and Russian Post-WWI Poetry"
Stanford Graduate Conference in Comparative Literature
Agency and its Limits: Action, Paralysis, Lethargy, Arrest
Stanford University, April 15-16 2011

"The Unconscious Text: Pale Fire via Freud, pace Nabokov,
2010 Stanford Graduate Program in Humanities Symposium
Order, Disruption, and Representation of Legitimacy
Stanford University, May 14 2010

"An Analysis of Pale Fire as Verse Text"
2010 California Slavic Colloquium
New Takes on Old Texts
University of Southern California, April 17 2010



Guest Lecturer, SLAVIC 156, Nabokov in the Transnational Context, Fall 2013-14

Teaching Assistant, SLAVGEN 148, Dissent and Disenchantment: Russian Literature and Culture Since the Death of Stalin, Spring 2011-12

Teaching Assistant, SLAVGEN 190, Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina and the Social Thought of Its Time, Winter 2011-12

Instructor, SLAVLANG 1/2/3, First Year Russian, Fall/Winter/Spring 2010-11


Russian (Advanced High)
French (Advanced)
German (Intermediate)
Polish (Novice)


2008: B.A. Modern Languages (Russian & French). Oxford University (Christ Church College). 

2007: Acting Program. St.Petersburg State Academy of Theater Art. St.Petersburg, Russia.


Marília Librandi-Rocha

portrait: Marília Librandi-Rocha

Pigott Hall 218
650 725 9850

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On sabbatical, AY 2013-14
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Philosophy and Literature

Marília Librandi-Rocha teaches Brazilian and Latin American Literature and Cultures at Stanford.  

Her first book, Maranhão-Manhattan. Ensaios de Literatura Brasileira (2009) examines the defense of fiction in the works of Sousândrade, Murilo Mendes, Paulo Leminski, and João Guimarães Rosa, in contrast to historical narratives and in dialogue with literary critics, philosophers and anthropologists.

She is currently working in her next book-length project, Writing by Ear. Brazilian Modern Fiction and the Poetics of Listening: Machado de Assis, Ramos, Rosa and Lispector. Going beyond the oral/writing divide, the book re-describes fictional texts in relation to the sense of hearing, and point to the dominant issue of listening in Modern Brazilian prose as a contribution to the theory of the novel and the actual debates on cultural studies, cosmopolitanism and World/Planetary literature.

Her other project-in-progress, Margins of Literature, concerns the relationship between literature and ethnography, from Tristes Tropiques to the Guarani Kaiowá letter, and the actual poetics of co-translation in South America, given continuity to the relationship between literary theory and Amerindian perspectivism addressed in her first book, and to the issue of listening in writings and its relation to land and human rights.

Librandi-Rocha edited and introduced the book Poemas-Vida(2008), and co-edited three recent special issues - “Literatura e Juizo de Valor”(2011), “Literatura e Viagem” (2010), and “História do Livro e da Leitura” (2009) -  of Floema, a journal of Literary Theory and History edited in Brazil.

Her recent articles have appeared in Culture, Theory & Critique, Critical Studies in Improvisation, EllipsisMantis, and are forthcoming in Luso-Brazilian Review, Estudos de Literatura Brasileira Contemporânea, and Letteratura D’América. A dossier on “Theories of the Contemporary in South America,” co-edited with Héctor Hoyos, is forthcoming at Revista de Estudios Hispánicos.

She serves as book review editor of ellipsis, journal of the American Portuguese Studies Association(Apsa).

For a selection of writings, please click on the following link:


2003: PhD, Universidade de São Paulo, Literary Theory and Comparative Literature

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