transnational studies

Luke Parker

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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.


Harris Feinsod

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

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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

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