Latin American authors reshaping world literature: Héctor Hoyos


Latin American authors reshaping world literature, Stanford literary scholar says Stanford scholar Héctor Hoyos’ research goes beyond famed writers to uncover a whole generation of Latin American authors who are contributing novel perspectives on the evolving landscape of global culture. By Tom Winterbottom Hector Hoyos, an assistant professor of Iberian and Latin American Cultures at… Read More

In Memoriam: David Halliburton

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The Program in Modern Thought and Literature honors the memory of David Halliburton, one of the founders of the program.  It was his vision, along with that of Albert Guerard, which inspired and guided this first interdisciplinary Ph.D. Program at Stanford.  He was interim chair in Albert Guerard’s absence in spring of 1972-73 and later… Read More

Adrienne Johnson Wins 2014 Centennial Teaching Award


The Program in Modern Thought and Literature is proud to recognize Adrienne Johnson as our 2014 Centennial TA. Since 1989 the Centennial TA program has recognized and rewarded outstanding teaching by Stanford TAs in the Schools of Humanities and Sciences, Engineering, and Earth Sciences. Adrienne is a creative, knowledgeable, and dedicated teacher who is gifted… Read More

Sarah Ramirez Awarded Foundations for Change Yamashita Prize

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Sarah Ramirez (Ph.D. 2010) has been awarded the 2014 Foundations for Change Yamashita Prize! The Prize, which is sponsored by the Institute for the Study of Societal Issues’ Center for Research on Social Change at UC Berkeley, is awarded annually to an outstanding young social change activist/scholar in California whose work transforms the existing social… Read More

Brian Johnsrud’s Project “Lacuna Stories” Featured on Stanford Teaching Commons


Brian Johnsrud (5th Year Phd in MTL) has been piloting his digital humanities project, Lacuna Stories, in a course he is co-teaching with his advisor, Amir Eshel. The course, “Futurity: Why the Past Matters” and its novel use of digital humanities has been featured in Stanford Teaching Commons. Lacuna Stories is an an exploratory, interactive… Read More

Stanford Scholars Debate the Moral Merits of Reading Fiction

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MTL Director Paula Moya and committee member Joshua Landy  spoke at this Center for Ethics in Society event, tackling the question of whether literature impacts morality. Does reading literature make you more moral? Scholars speaking at a Center for Ethics in Society event say the answer depends on who’s reading. By Justin Tackett The Humanities… Read More

Director Paula Moya Interviewed by the Clayman Institute for Gender Research


Director Paula Moya was recently interviewed for an article featured in the gender news section of The Clayman Institute for Gender Research’s website about the importance of teaching literature and its effect on how we view race, class, and gender. Read the full article here: “Why Literature Matters for Social Justice: Paula Moya’s interdisciplinary methodology offers response to… Read More

Kyla Wazana Tompkins Wins the Lora Romero “First Book” Prize


Congratulations to Kyla Wazana Tompkins for winning the Lora Romero “first book” prize from the American Studies Association. The prize honors Lora Romero, a valued and long-active member of the American Studies Association, former Assistant Professor at Stanford University, and author of Home Fronts: Nineteenth Century Domesticity and Its Critics (1997). Kyla joins two other recent MTL Alums in… Read More