Petra Dierkes-Thrun

portrait: Petra Dierkes-Thrun

Building 260, Room 232
Phone (650) 725-8646

Office Hours: 
By appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Digital Humanities
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
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Petra Dierkes-Thrun’s research and teaching interests include the European and transatlantic fin de siècle and modernism (including literature, the visual arts, opera, dance, and film); feminist and queer theory; LGBTQ literary and cultural studies; and digital pedagogy. Her book, Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression, was published by The University of Michigan Press in Spring 2011.  Other publications include articles on Realism, Oscar Wilde, Arthur Symons, Stéphane Mallarmé, George Bernard Shaw, Richard Strauss, Victoria Cross, fin-de-siècle realism, and feminism and modernist dance. 

Petra Dierkes-Thrun is an Editorial Board member of Rodopi's "Dialogue" series.  She also co-edits The Latchkey: Journal of New Woman Studies, a peer-reviewed, international scholarly online journal dedicated to the figure of the New Woman in fin de siècle and modernist society and culture, published by The Rivendale Press (UK) and affiliated with The Oscholars

Since 2013, Petra Dierkes-Thrun is a member of the Program Committee for Feminist, Gender and Sexuality Studies at Stanford




Salome’s Modernity: Oscar Wilde and the Aesthetics of Transgression.  Ann Arbor: The University of Michigan Press, 2011.


Peer-reviewed articles:

  1. “Wilde’s Comedic Takes on the New Woman: A Comparison with Ibsen and Shaw.”  Wilde’s Society Plays, ed. by Michael Y. Bennett.  Palgrave Macmillan.  Under contract.
  2. “Victoria Cross’s Six Chapters of a Man’s Life: Queering Modernist Middlebrow Feminism.” The Popular Imagination and the Dawn of Modernism: British Middlebrow Writing 1880-1930, 2 vols., ed. by Christoph Ehland and Kate Macdonald.  London: Pickering & Chatto, 2013. Forthcoming.
  3. “Realism.” The Fin-de-Siècle World, ed. by Michael Saler. New York: Routledge, 2013. Forthcoming.
  4. “Salomé in the Comics: P. Craig Russell’s Intertextual Graphic Adaptation from Strauss and Wilde.” Special issue on Wilde’s Salomé in The Oscholars (open-access, peer-reviewed journal), ed. by Virginie Pouzet-Douzer. Spring 2013. Online.
  5. “Aestheticist Comedies of Manners: Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest.” A History of British Drama: Genres – Developments –Interpretations.  Ed. by Sibylle Baumbach, Birgit Neumann, and Ansgar Nünning. WVT Handbücher zum Literaturwissenschaftlichen Studium.  Trier, Germany: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier, 2011.  227-40.
  6. “’The Brutal Music and the Delicate Text’?  The Aesthetic Relationship between Oscar Wilde’s and Richard Strauss’s Salome Reconsidered.” Modern Language Quarterly 69.3 (September 2008): 367-89.
  7. “Salomé, C’est Moi?  Salome and Wilde as Icons of Transgression.” Approaches to Teaching the Works of Oscar Wilde, ed. by Philip E. Smith. Modern Language Association, Approaches to Teaching World Literature series.  New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2008. 171-
  8. “Incest and the Trafficking of Women in G.B. Shaw’s Mrs Warren’s Profession: ‘It Runs In the Family’.” ELT (English Literature in Transition, 1880-1920) 49.4 (September 2006): 293-310.
  9. “Arthur Symons’ Decadent Aesthetics: Stéphane Mallarmé and the Dancer Revisited.” Decadences: Morality and Aesthetics in British Literature, ed. by Paul Fox.  Studies in English Literatures.  Stuttgart: Ibidem, 2006. 33-65.  (Revised edition in preparation by Ibidem.)


Book reviews and other publications:

  1. Salomé Stripped Down and Dressed Up for Today’s Stage: A New Translation of Oscar Wilde’s Play.” Review of a new edition of Oscar Wilde’s Salomé, ed. and trans. by Joseph Donohue (University of Virginia Press: Charlottesville and London, 2011).  Irish Literary Supplement, September 2013.
  2. “Comparisons Worth Making: Queer Studies and Comparative Literature.” Review ofComparatively Queer: Interrogating Identities Across Time and Cultures, ed. by Jarrod Haynes, Margaret R. Higonnet, and William J. Spurlin.  London: Macmillan, 2010. GLQ 19.2 (2013): 264-66.
  3. “A Bill of Rights and Principles for Learning in the Digital Age.”  Co-authored with John Seely Brown, Betsy Corcoran, Cathy N. Davidson, Todd Edebohls, Mark J. Gierl, Sean M. Morris, J. Philipp Schmidt, Bonnie Stewart, Jesse Stommel, Sebastian Thrun, Audrey Watters.  First published simultaneously in several online venues and by the Chronicle of Higher Education on January 23, 2013.
  4. Review of Imperishable Beauty: Art Nouveau Jewelry, by Yvonne J. Markowitz and Elyse Zorn Karlin. The Eighth Lamp: Journal of Ruskin Studies (Spring 2010).
  5. Salome by Richard Strauss.”  Pittsburgh Opera Magazine (Fall 2001): 16-19.
  6. Review of Romantic Genius: The Prehistory of a Homosexual Role, by Andrew Elfenbein. The Rocky Mountain Review of Language and Literature 54.2 (Fall 2000): 110-112.

2003:  Ph.D. in Cultural and Critical Studies. English Department, University of Pittsburgh.
1995 and 1996:  Erstes Staatsexamen in  English, Theology, and German. Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität, Bonn, Germany.


Kathryn Hume

portrait: Isaac Bleaman

Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Focal Group(s): 
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

I joined Stanford’s Comparative Literature program in 2007, having received my B.A. at the University of Chicago, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Comparative Literature and a minor in Mathematics. My research focuses on the intersection between mathematics, philosophy and literature in 17th and 18th century Europe, primarily in France. Analyzing Descartes’s Géométrie alongside the Aristotelian unities and La Rochefoucauld's Maximes, my dissertation reconsiders the relation between Cartesian rationalism and French neoclassicism. It examines 17th century stylistic tendencies towards generalization, compression, and the generation of complexity out of simple, abstract templates. 

I am also interested in epistemology; the history of evidence and the encyclopedia; modernist and twentieth-century poetics; Italian cinema. I’m a pretty serious violin player and long-distance runner.


Entries for "Neoclassical Poetics", "Theophrastan Character", Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn. (Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2012).

Essay submissions in Rédiger un texte académique en français, ed. Sylvie Garnier and Alan D. Savage (Editions Ophrys, 2011)


COMPLIT 156A, "States of Nature in Literature and Philosophy", Autumn, 2011 (Instructor)

Tutor: Intermediate Latin, Beginning Greek, Advanced French, 2010-2011

DLCL 189, "Honors Thesis Writing Workshop", Autumn 2010 (TA)

FRENLANG 2, "First Year French", Spring, 2010 (Instructor)

FRENLANG 1,2,3, "First Year French, Fall, Winter, Spring, 2008-2009 (Instructor)


Assistant to the Director (with Cécile Alduy), Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2010-2012

Coordinator (with Roland Greene and Nicholas Jenkins), Stanford Workshop in Poetics, 2008-2011


“Speculative Empiricism: The Conceptual Value of Conjecture in Diderot and Rousseau”, SEASECS Annual Conference, Decatur, GA March 1-3, 2012

“Paralepsis, Procedure and Incomplete Reduction in Descartes’s Géométrie”, Inarticulacy: An Interdisciplinary Early Modern Conference, UC Berkeley, November 12-13, 2011

“The Algebra of la Rochefoucauld’s Maximes”, MEMS Workshop, Stanford University, May 19, 2011

“Analogy versus Analysis: Revisiting the D’Alembert/Diderot Debate over Encyclopedic Order”, ACLA, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011

“A Discussion with the Editors” (on the French Encyclopédie), French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, January 31, 2011

“Of Paradise’s Proportions” (on Milton’sParadise Lost), Renaissances Lecture Series, Stanford University, December 3, 2010

“Fiktion als Zugang zur Wirklichkeit. Über den methodologischen Gebrauch der Fiktion im 17. Jahrhundert”, Lecture Series, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig, November 12, 2009

“Persuasion or Grace? Patterns of Embedded Narrative in Ariosto and Tasso”, Northern California Renaissance Conference, San José State, May 2, 2009

“Descartes’ Relevance to Theories of Fictionality: Time, Identity and Reference in the Discourse and the Meditations”, ACLA, Harvard, March 26-29, 2009 and Interdisciplinary Possible Worlds Conference, Princeton University, March 6-7, 2009

“Descartes’ Fictionality”, Aesthetics Project, Stanford University, October 7, 2008

“Descartes’s LiteraryPhilosophy – Mallarmé’s Philosophical Poesis: Igitur Resurrects theCogito”, The Substance of Thought: Critical and Pre-critical, Cornell University, April 10-12, 2008


Research Fellow, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History, Autumn, 2009

Fellowship to attend the Greek and Latin Institute at CUNY, Summer 2009

Fellowship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell, Summer, 2008

Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom from the Goethe Institute, May, 2007

Phi Beta Kappa, 2005


Noam Pines


Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

I work on modernist poetry in Hebrew, German, Yiddish, and English. My interests include: multivalency of poetic language, politics of national identity.

Conference Presentations:

"The Nomos and The Jewish Question", ACLA, New Orleans, April 1-4, 2010

"The Dromoscopic Aesthetics of Futurism",The Poetics of Pain: Aesthetics, Ideology and Representation, CUNY, February 25th-26th, 2010


B.A  - History and Philosophy, Tel Aviv University
M.A. - Literature, Tel Aviv University, summa cum laude


Fabian Goppelsroder


Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Committee Members: 

Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht (main advisor), Prof. Roland Greene (second main advisor), Prof. Margaret Cohen, Prof. Karl Heinz Bohrer, Prof. Robert Harrison



2009  (edited with Gunter Gebauer and Jörg Volbers), Philosophie als Lebensform. Wittgensteins Philosophiebegriff zwischen Theorie und Praxis [Philosophy as life form. Wittgenstein’s concept of philosophy between theory and praxis], Fink: München. 

2007  Zwischen Sagen und Zeigen. Wittgensteins Weg von der literarischen zur dichtenden Philosophie [Between saying and showing. Wittgenstein’s way from literary to poetic philosophy], transcript: Bielefeld.

2006 (Ed.), WittgensteinKunst. Annäherungen an eine Philosophie und ihr Unsagbares [WittgensteinArt. Approaches to a philosophy and its ineffable], Diaphanes: Berlin.


2010 (Forthcoming) Bild ohne Rahmen. Was sich zeigt, wenn man nichts mehr sieht [Image without frame. What makes itself manifest when nothing can be seen anymore], in: Robert Schmidt/Martin Stern/Wiebke-Marie Stock/Jörg Volbers (Ed.), ‘Wissen – Erkennen – Zeigen. Das Projekt einer integrativen Anthropologie’, München: Fink. 

2009 (Forthcoming) Irritation als Methode? Von störendem und versammelndem Philosophieren [Irritation as method? On disrupting and converging philosophy], in: Markus Rautzenberg/Andreas Wolfsteiner (Ed.), Hide and Seek. Das Spiel von Transparenz und Opazität, Fink: München.

2009 Praktisch Denken: Wittgenstein, Philosophie, Lebensform [Practical thinking: Wittgenstein, philosophy, life form], in: Christian Denker (Ed.), Lebensform Wittgenstein. Im SpielRaum der Sprache, Passagen: Wien.

2009 Die grausame Geste. Zum Zusammenspiel von Verletzung und Verweisung [Cruel gesture. The interplay of injury and eviction], in: Mirjam Schaub (Ed.), Grausamkeit und Metaphysik. Figuren der Überschreitung in der abendländischen Kultur, transcript: Bielefeld, p. 199-210.

2009 (with Gunter Gebauer and Jörg Volbers), Einleitung [Introduction], in: Gunter Gebauer/Fabian Goppelsröder/Jörg Volbers (Ed.), Philosophie als Lebensform. Wittgensteins Philosophiebegriff zwischen Theorie und Praxis, Fink: München, p. 9-18.

2008  Quant au geste. La conception logique du langage à sa fin [What about gesture?! The logical conception of language at its end], in: Barbara Formis (Ed.), Gestes à l’Oeuvre, Paris 2008, p. 73-85.

2008  (with Melanie Conroy) Heidegger and Char. Introduction, in: Mantis. A journal of poetry and translation, Stanford, p. 34-39.

2008 Der Rest ist Schweigen – Wittgensteins Philosophie als Sprechverweigerung [The rest is silence – Wittgenstein’s philosophy as refusal to speak], in: Emanuel Alloa/Alice Lagay (Ed.), Nicht(s) sagen. Sprache und Sprachabwendung im 20. Jh, transcript: Bielefeld, p. 61-80.

2007 Sraffas Geste. Zur späten Philosophie Wittgensteins [Sraffa’s gesture. On Wittgenstein’s late philosophy], in: Merkur. Deutsche Zeitschrift für europäisches Denken 697, p. 405-413.

2006 Das Palais Stonborough. Wittgenstein als Architekt seiner Spätphilosophie [The Palais Stonborough. Wittgenstein as architect of his later philosophy], in: Fabian Goppelsröder (Ed.), WittgensteinKunst. Annäherungen an eine Philosophie und ihr Unsagbares, Diaphanes: Berlin, p. 27-46.

2006 “Ethik und Ästhetik sind eins.” Une idée Wittgensteinienne [‘Ethics and Aesthetics are one and the same.’ A Wittgensteinian idea], in:

2003 Kunst oder Politik? Hans Haackes Installation für das Berliner Reichstagsgebäude [Art or politics? Hans Haacke’s installation for the Berlin Reichstag], in: Schnittpunkte. Kunst und Politik in Berlin, Warschau, Budapest, Mezögazda Kiado: Budapest, p. 20 – 24.

2002 Erinnerungskultur als Diskurs. Probleme und Chancen ästhetischer Kommunikation in der Holocaustdebatte [Memory culture as discourse. Problems and possibilities of aesthetic communication within the Holocaust debate], in: Jens Fabian Pyper (Ed.), Uns hat keiner gefragt. Positionen der Dritten Generation zum Holocaust, Philo: Berlin, p. 187 - 208.


2008 Was tun?! Joseph Vogls ‘Über das Zaudern’ als Entwurf einer „Methodenlehre der Kontingenz“ [What to do?! Joseph Vogl’s ‘On hesitation’ as draft of a “methodology of contingency”] (Rezension über: Joseph Vogl: Über das Zaudern. Zürich: Diaphanes 2007.), in: IASLonline [19.11.2008]



2006  (with Christian Weiss) Antonia Soulez, “Was liegt nicht alles in ihr!”. Wittgensteins Annäherung an die musikalische Phrase [“Was liegt nicht alles in ihr!”. Wittgenstein’s approach to the musical phrase] (from the French original), in: Fabian Goppelsröder (Hg), WittgensteinKunst. Annäherungen an eine Philosophie und ihr Unsagbares, Diaphanes: Berlin, S. 47-62.

Online Editing:

Since 2003 Co-editor and author, ATOPIA, (online magazine).

Academic Presentations

10/10/2009 Invited lecturer, Bild ohne Rahmen. Was sich zeigt, wenn man nichts mehr sieht [Image without frame. What makes itself manifest when nothing can be seen anymore], Conference ‘Wissen – Erkennen – Zeigen. Das Projekt einer integrativen Anthropologie’, Berlin.

2/19/2008 Invited lecturer, Le geste littéraire comme ‘méthode’ philosophique [Literary gesture as philosophical ‘method’], Séminaire philo littérature, organized by Jacques Bouveresse and Jean-Jacques Rosat at the Collège de France, Paris.

2/7/2008 Invited lecturer, Peut-on être critique de soi-même? Une relecture de ‚L’Essai d’une auto-analyse’ [Is elf-critique possible? A re-reading of Bourdieu’s ‚Attempt of an auto-analysis’], Séminaire : Théories de la pratique Bourdieu et l’idée de sociologie critique at the University of Amiens.

11/25/2007 Selected Paper, Irritation als Methode? Von störendem und versammelndem Philosophieren [Irritation as method? On disrupting and converging philosophy], conference organized by the Graduiertenkolleg ‘InterArt/Interart Studies’, Berlin. 

04/25/2007 Invited lecturer, Eloquent Silence. Kleist’s literary gesture, German Colloquium, Stanford University.

12/15/2006 Invited lecturer, What about gesture? The logical concept of language at its end, Journée d’Étude on Le geste. Concept et phénomène at the Maison d’Allemagne in Paris.

12/15/2005 Invited lecturer, "Ethik und Ästhetik sind eins". Une idée wittgensteinienne [‚Ethics and Aesthetics are one and the same.’ A Wittgensteinian idea], Journée d’Étude on Littérature et Morale at the Maison d’Allemagne in Paris.

Academic Service 

April 2010 Organization Committee, Jazz and Communication. Towards a Creolization of the Philosophy of Language, Seminar at the annual meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association (with Cécile Guédon). 

02/20/2008 Initiation of the series Écrans de Danse [Screens of Danse] at the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. Organisation of a first session with dancer Mié Coquempot. 

12/13/2007 Conference Moderator, A la rencontre de la Danse contemporaine. Porosités et résitsance [Meeting contemporary Danse. Porosity and Resistance] at the Nanterre University in Paris. 

2006 – 2007 Student Coordinator, Philosophical Reading Group at Stanford University (CA). 

Dec, 2006 Conference Committee, Le geste. Concept et phénomène [Gesture. Concept and Phenomenon] at the Maison d’Allemagne in Paris (with Barbara Formis). 

Oct. 2006 Conference Committee, Wittgensteins Philosophie zwischen Theorie und Praxis [Philosophy between Theory and Praxis] at the Freie Universität Berlin (with Prof. Gunter Gebauer and Jörg Volbers). 

Dec. 2005 Conference Committee, Littérature et morale [Literature and Morals] at the Maison d’Allemagne in Paris (with Prof. Sandra Laugier). 

April 2005 Conference Organizer, Wittgenstein - arts - Wittgenstein [Wittgenstein-Arts-Wittgenstein] at the Maison d'Allemagne in Paris.  



Harris Feinsod

portrait: DLCL Admin

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

Irina M Erman


Focal Group(s): 






Undergraduate Honors Thesis: "Radicalizing Crime and Punishment: Purity, Pollution, and the Pharmakos in Feodor Dostoevsky's Work."

MA Thesis: "Dostoevsky and Bakhtin" 

PhD Dissertation: "At Home in the Margins: Authorship, Autobiographical Discourse and Alterity in Vasily Rozanov's Modernist Family Tree"


Languages: Russian (native), French, Spanish, Ancient Greek


2012: Ph D., Stanford University, Russian Literature

2006: M.A., Stanford University, Russian Literature

2004: B.A., Emory University, Summa Cum Laude, Comparative Literature

2004: B.A., Emory University, Slavic Languages, Literatures, and Cultures


Angela M. Becerra Vidergar

portrait: Angela Becerra Vidergar

abecegar AT

Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education

Angela Mercedes Becerra Vidergar received her Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Stanford University in June 2013. She was born in Bucaramanga, Colombia, then moved with her family to North Texas at the age of six. She received her B.A. in French and Journalism from Baylor University in Waco, TX, after which she worked as a television news producer. She then earned an M.A. in English Literature and Language from St. Mary's University in San Antonio. Angela is a 2009 alumna of the School of Criticism and Theory, has studied French language and culture at Le Campus Adventistedu Saleve in Collonges-sous-Saleve, France and at L'Université de Caen in Normandy, as well as taken part in an immersive course at the Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Angela received a 2012-13 Whiting Fellowship.

Angela's intellectual interests center on 20th century and contemporary U.S. and Latin American Literature, most notably in the arena of disaster narratives and survivalism; geneology of the present and cultural history; critical theory and philosophies of the imaginary, time and temporality, storytelling as history formation and issues of postcolonialism such as hybridity and diaspora. Her dissertation, entitled Fictions of Destruction: Post-1945 Narrative and Disaster in the Collective Imaginary, describes the emergence of a shared imaginary of mass-scale disaster and risk particular after the mid-20th century and its appearance in post-1945 disaster fiction and cultural production. Her M.A. thesis explores the social and personal effects of economic colonization as portrayed by Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García. Angela's interests also include technology, society and the human, graphic narratives, literature of the fantastic, science fiction and translation. She is the co-founder of The Graphic Narrative Project, a collaborative workshop funded by the Stanford Humanities Center, and Editor-in-Chief of its upcoming digital journal, Emanata

Ph.D. Dissertation:

Fictions of Destruction: Post-1945 Narrative and Disaster in the Collective Imaginary

Master's Thesis:

"Paradise for Sale...Sold! The Effects of Economic Colonization as Portrayed in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García."


Ongoing Projects and Affiliations:

2013-present: Editor-in-Chief, Emanata, an upcoming digital, open access, peer-reviewed journal of graphic narrative studies.

2008-2013: Co-founder and Graduate Coordinator, The Graphic Narrative Project

2009-10: Trans-American Studies Workshop, Stanford Humanities Center 

2009-10: Working Group on Cultural Synchronization and Disjuncture, Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages Research Unit.

Summer 2009: School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University. Seminar: "Voice, Representation, Ideology" taught by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg and Michael Steinberg.


Other Academic Activities:

2010-11: Graduate Assistant, Humanities Education Focal Group - Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages

2009-10: Research Assistant to Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

2009-10: Graduate Student Representative, Graduate Academic Council of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages


Ph.D.                            Stanford University; Stanford, CA (June 2013)

                                                Comparative Literature

                                                Focal Group: Humanities Education

Master of Arts:             St. Mary’s University; San Antonio, TX (May 2007)

                                                English Literature and Language

Thesis: “Paradise for Sale...Sold! The Effects of Economic Colonization as Portrayed in the Literature of Gabriel García Márquez, Rosario Ferré and Cristina García.”

Bachelor of Arts:         Baylor University; Waco, TX (May 2003)

                                                Majors: Journalism, French

Additional Studies:      Summer 2009:

School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell University.    

Seminar: "Voice, Representation, Ideology" taught by Suzanne Stewart-Steinberg and Michael Steinberg.

         Spring 2007: 

Fundación Internacional Jorge Luis Borges; Buenos Aires, Argentina

Intensive Course in the Literature of Jorge Luis Borges, Advanced Spanish Language Course        

                                         Spring 2002 :

                Université de Caen; Caen, Normandy, France

                Advanced French Language, Literature, History and Culture

                                         Summer 1998 :

Le Campus Adventiste du Salève; Collonges-sous-Salève, Cedex, France

                French Language and Culture           


Associate Coordinator, "From Sunshine State to Fog City: Asian American Comics in California." Third Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. November 1-2, 2012. Stanford Univ.

Coordinator, “Moving Pictures: TransAmerican Latina/o Comics.” Second Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. November 3-4, 2011. Stanford Univ.

Coordinator, “The World in Frames: Comics Journalist Joe Sacco.” First Annual Symposium of The Graphic Narrative Project. May 5-6, 2011. Stanford Univ.

Coordinator, Stanford Comparative Literature 3rd Annual Graduate Conference, April 2009. "Avatars: Personae, Heteronyms, Pseudonyms." Stanford Univ.

Planning Committee, Stanford Comparative Literature 2nd Annual Graduate Conference, April 2008. "Corruption."  Stanford Univ.

Associate Coordinator, Las Americas Letters Series in Literature and the Arts. Inaugural Conference, 2007. St. Mary's Univ.

Assistant Coordinator, Latina Letters 2005 Conference. St. Mary's Univ.


Ramón Saldívar

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Amir Eshel

Ursula K. Heise

Professional Activities: 


Stanford University

Spring 2012: Instructor, COMPLIT 128: Survivors: Stories of Staying Alive

Spring 2011: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 150: Terror and Apocalypse. Prof. Russell Berman

Fall 2010: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 121: Poems, Poetry, Worlds. Prof. Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Summer and Fall 2010: Tutor, Language and Orientation Tutoring Program

Winter 2010: Teaching Assistant, COMPLIT 142: Literature of the Americas. Profs. Ramon Saldivar and Roland Greene

Winter and Spring 2009: Instructor, Program in Writing and Rhetoric (PWR 1-20): "When Comics Get Serious: The Rhetoric of Graphic Narratives"

St. Mary’s University

Teaching Assistant / Substitute for:

  • International Literary Types I: Short Story and Essay
  • International Literary Types II: Poetry and Drama
  • Drama Analysis
  • Fiction Analysis
  • Hero and Anti-Hero in Southern Fiction
  • American Romanticism: Origin and Development
  • Rhetoric and Composition

Guest Reader/Lecturer:

  • Poetry Writing Workshop
  • New Technologies in Communication
  • Anniversary event: “Walt Whitman’s Celebrations: 150 Years of Leaves of Grass.”



Author. “Uncanny Encounters: Face to Face with ‘Failed’ Assimilation.”Provocation and Negotiation: Essays in Comparative Criticism.Rodopi, 2013.

Translator (in progress). El Eternauta. Héctor Germán Oesterheld and Francisco Solano López. Publisher pending.

Interview. “Scott Bukatman on Terminal Identity and Our Contemporary Lifestyle.” Three Wise Monkeys. 11 August 2012. Part 1 of 2.

Interview. “Scott Bukatman on the Art of Comics and Comics as Art.” Three Wise Monkeys. 25 Sept 2012. Part 2 of 2.

Co-author. "From Faceless Crowds to Crowds of Faces: 'You' in the World of the Future, Today." Creative Magazine 1/n. Issue 2: Survival Kit (2010 Spring): 106-116. 

Spanish/English introduction, translation editor. Memorial del viento: Wind Memorial. By Pablo López del Castillo. Poetry. San Antonio, TX: Orchard Press, 2005.

“All This Clutter.” Poem. Pecan Grove Review. Vol. X. Spring 2007.

“Inverting Alice: The Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Proceedings of the Women’s Global Connection Conference 2006.

Columnist, interviewer. “Beyond the Book,” News 4 WOAI San Antonio – Book reviewer, executive producer and on-camera talent for more than 20 columns, many of which include author interviews and mini-documentary features on works of poetry, fiction, non-fiction and theater, among them poet Naomi Shihab Nye and history writer Paul Schneider.

Music reviewer. DailySonic. Online mp3zine. Wrote, produced and digitally edited reviews and interviews of contemporary musicians.

Translator: gallery notes, community outreach materials. Artpace Contemporary Art Gallery. San Antonio, TX. 



“Ignite!” Presentation, “Urban/Jungles.” Division of Literatures, Cultures and Languages Graduate Student Conference. October 26-27, 2012. Stanford University.

  • "The Broken Road to the Future: The Destruction of a Metaphor of Progress"

Featured Speaker at The Graphic Narrative Project, Stanford Humanities Center Geballe Research Workshop. October 17, 2012.

  • "The Walking Dead: Hope, Despair and the Art of Survival"

American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2009. Boston, MA.

  • "The DIY Handbook to Apocalypse, Or How Alternative Fiction Gave Birth to a Steam-Powered Subculture"

Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, 2008 International Symposium and Doctoral Seminar. University College London. "Comparative Literature: Models for Interdisciplinarity in the Humanities?"

  • "The Hybrid Unheimlich: Uncanny Encounters with Octavio Paz and Gilberto Freyre"

American Comparative Literature Association Conference 2008. Long Beach, CA.

  • "Facing the Monster in Modern Catalan Literature: Encounters With the Fantastic in Joan Perucho’s Les històries naturals"

South Central Modern Language Association Conference 2006. Dallas, TX.

  • “Imigración e hibridez en las obras de Cristina Garcia y Ana Menéndez.” Presented during the session of the Asociación de Literatura Femenina Hispánica.

St. Mary’s University Graduate Symposium. San Antonio, TX

  • “Dreaming the Homeland: Displacement and Hybridity in the Novels of Cristina Garcia and Ana Menéndez.”
  • Graduate student panelist on “Current Trends in Graduate Research.”

College English Association Conference 2006. San Antonio, TX.

  • “Inverting Alice: The Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Here the focus is on a postcolonial analysis of Victorian education as portrayed in Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass.

Women’s Global Connection International Conference 2006. San Antonio, TX

  • “Inverting Alice: the Female Reaction to a Culture of Opposites.” Here the focus is on what Lewis Carroll’s Alice books can teach about current global consciousness and attitudes toward unfamiliar cultures. 

Latina Letters Conference 2005: “Ten Years of LatinaLetters.” San Antonio, TX.

  •  “Angels of Light on the Wings of Uncertainty: A Study of Spiritual Symbolism in De Los Amores Negados by Ángela Becerra” (note: author of work studied no relation to author of paper).

Scott Bartling

portrait: Isaac Bleaman

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

Dissertation Title:  The Reinvention of Life:  Icon, Eros, and Language in Viktor Shklovsky's Theory of Estrangement

M.A. Thesis Title:  Eugene Onegin: Fate, Potentiality, and the Art of Living

Conference Papers:

"Ostranenie in Retrospect:  Viktor Shklovsky's Energy of Delusion."  AATSEEL National Conference, 2012.

"Vladimir Arseniev and Dersu Uzala: Cultural Dialogue in the Russian Far East."  California Slavic Colloquium, 2011.


Russian, German, Kazakh, Japanese, Spanish, Hungarian


2008: M.A., Stanford University, Russian Literature


American Councils Eurasian Regional Language Program (Kazakh).  Almaty, Kazakhstan.  Summer 2010.

Medieval Slavic Summer Institute.  Hilandar Research Library, The Ohio State University.  Summer 2008.


Joan Ramon Resina

portrait: Beverly Allen

Pigott Hall 224
650 723 3800

Office Hours: 
M/W 12:35 - 1:35 PM

Professor Resina specializes in modern European literatures and cultures with an emphasis on the Spanish and Catalan traditions. He is Director of the Catalan Observatory at Stanford and serves as Director of the Iberian Studies Program, housed in the Freeman Spogli Institute.

Professor Resina is most recently the author of Del Hispanismo a los Estudios Ibéricos. Una propuesta federativa para el ámbito cultural. Madrid: Biblioteca Nueva, 2009. In this book he lays out the rationale for the overcoming of Hispanic Studies by a new discipline of Iberian Studies by contending that the field's response to the crisis of the Humanities should not lie either in the retrenchment into the national philological traditions or in a vague cultural studies deprived of evaluative principles and oblivious of cultural history. Another recent publication is Barcelona's Vocation of Modernity: Rise and Decline of an Urban Image (Stanford UP, 2008). This book traces the development of Barcelona's modern image through texts that foreground key social and historical issues. It begins with Barcelona's "coming of age" in the 1888 Universal Exposition and focuses on the first major narrative work of modern Catalan literature, La febre d'or. Positing an inextricable link between literature and modernity, Resina establishes a literary framework for the evolution of the image of Barcelona's modernity through the 1980s, when the consciousness of modernity took on an ironic circularity. The book ends with a highly critical view on the post-Olympic period, arguing that in the early 21st century municipal politics has exhausted the so-called Barcelona model and the city has entered an era that is largely inconsistent with the forces that shaped its modern identity. 

He has also published extensively in specialized journals, such as PMLA, MLN, New Literary History, and Modern Language Quarterly, and has contributed to a large number critical volumes. He has held teaching positions at Cornell University, the State University of New York at Stony Brook, and Northwestern University and received awards such as the Alexander von Humboldt and the Fullbright fellowship.


1986: Ph.D., U.C. Berkeley, Comparative Literature
1984: Ph.D., University of Barcelona, English Philology


Michael Predmore

portrait: Sylke Tempel

Pigott Hall 215
650 723 1920

Office Hours: 
MW 2:15 - 4:00PM and by appointment
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

A recipient of the Fulbright, Guggenheim, ACLS, and NEH fellowships, as well as fellowships from the Wisconsin and Stanford Humanities Centers, Michael P. Predmore has published several books and numerous articles on twentieth-century Spanish and Latin American literature. Among his best known books are: La obra en prosa de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1966, 1975), La poesía hermética de Juan Ramón Jiménez (1973), Una España joven en la poesía de Antonio Machado (1981), and scholarly editions of Platero y yo and Diario de un poeta reciencasado, both published by Cátedra.

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