Comparative Literature

Angela M. Becerra Vidergar

portrait: Angela Becerra Vidergar
Contact: 

abecegar AT alumni.stanford.edu

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

Education: 

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           

Events: 

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.

Advisees: 

Ramón Saldívar

Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht

Amir Eshel

Ursula K. Heise

Professional Activities: 

Teaching:

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.”

 

Publications:

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. http://thethreewisemonkeys.com/2012/08/11/scott-bukatman-on-terminal-identity-and-our-contemporary-lifestyle/

Interview. “Scott Bukatman on the Art of Comics and Comics as Art.” Three Wise Monkeys. 25 Sept 2012. Part 2 of 2. http://thethreewisemonkeys.com/2012/09/25/scott-bukatman-on-the-art-of-comics-and-comics-as-art/

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 – woai.com. 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. 

 

Presentations:

“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).
Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
English
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
Spanish

David Marno

Contact: 

marno@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Brian Kirkbride

Contact: 

milo00@stanford.edu

 

Interests: 
16th century English, Spanish, and French poetry, poetics, and aesthetics.

Renana Keydar

portrait: Renana Keydar
Curriculum Vitae: 

Co-Instructor, Complit 199: Narrative and Ethics, 2013

Coordinator of the Research Group on Ethics and Literature 2011-2012; 2012-2013

Coordinator of the Hebrew Literature Reading Circle, 2011-2012; 2012-2013

Language(s): 
English
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
German
Language(s): 
Hebrew

Lucy Maddux Alford

portrait:
Contact: 

lucya@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

Lucy Alford is a doctoral candidate in the Department of Comparative Literature. Her research focuses on modern and contemporary poetry and poetics, and the crossings between ethics and aesthetic experience. She works in English, French, German and Arabic. Before coming to Stanford, she earned her BA in English Literature, Political & Social Thought, and Creative Writing from the University of Virginia, taught literature and social studies in Egypt, and completed a PhD in Modern Thought at the University of Aberdeen. Her poems have been published in the US and the UK. 

Language(s): 
Arabic
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
German

Degree Programs - Comparative Literature

Philosophical Reading Group

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
359A
Crosslisted as: 
ITALIAN 395
Crosslisted as: 
FRENCH 395
Description: 

 

Discussion of one contemporary or historical text from the Western philosophical tradition per quarter in a group of faculty and graduate students. For admission of new participants, a conversation with H. U. Gumbrecht is required. May be repeated for credit. Taught in English.
Instructor: 
Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht
Term: 
Aut
Term: 
Win
Academic Year: 
2013-14
Units: 
1
Day/Time: 
Th 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Aesthetics of Dissent: the Case of Islamic Iran

Subject Code: 
COMPLIT
Course Number: 
40Q
Crosslisted as: 
INTNLREL 71Q
Description: 

Censorship, Borges tells us, is the mother of metaphors. The Islamic regime in Iran censors all aethetic production in the country. But Iranian dissident artists, from film-makers and fiction writers to composers in a thriving under-ground musical scene, have cleverly found ways to fight these draconian measures. They have developed an impressive body of work that is as sophisticated in style as it is rich in its discourse of democracy and dissent. The purpose of the seminar is to understand the aesthetic tropes of dissent in Iran, and the social and theological roots of rules of censorship. Masterpieces of post-revolutionary film, fiction, and music will be discussed in the context of tumultuous history of dissent in Islamic Iran.

Term: 
Aut
Academic Year: 
2012-13
Units: 
3
Day/Time: 
W 10:00a - 11:50a

Joan Ramon Resina

portrait: Beverly Allen
Contact: 

Pigott Hall 224
650 723 3800
jrresina@stanford.edu

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.

Education: 

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

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Ban Wang

portrait:
Contact: 

Building 250, Room 215
Phone: 650 723 9836
banwang@stanford.edu

Wang Ban is a Professor of Chinese Literature. He received his Ph.D. in comparative literature at UCLA. In addition to his research on Chinese and comparative literature, he has written on English and French literatures, psychoanalysis, international politics, and cinema. He has been a recipient of research fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Institute for Advanced Studies at Princeton. He taught at Beijing Foreign Studies University, SUNY-Stony Brook, Harvard University, and Rutgers University before he came to Stanford. His current project is tentatively entitled China and the World: Geopolitics, Aesthetics, and Cosmopolitanism.

Language(s): 
Chinese
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