2013-14 General Catalog

303 Humanities 1
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Program Description | Course Descriptions

Faculty and Professional Interests


Jorge Aladro Font
Spanish mysticism; theory and historical developments of imagery in the Middle Ages to the baroque period; Renaissance and baroque Hispanic literature; Italian ideas in the Spanish Renaissance; Cervantes

George T. Amis, Emeritus

Karen Bassi
Greek and Latin literatures; gender; literary and cultural theory; pre- and early modern studies; historiography; visual and performance studies

Murray Baumgarten
Dickens; Victorian literature and culture; the Bible; translation; modern Jewish writing; the Holocaust

Harry Berger, Jr., Emeritus

Margaret R. Brose, Emerita

Julianne Burton-Carvajal, Emerita

Christopher Connery
World literature and cultural studies; globalism and geographical thought; the 1960s; Marxism; pre-modern and modern Chinese cultural studies; cultural revolution

Robert M. Durling, Emeritus

John M. Ellis, Emeritus

Carla Freccero
Renaissance studies; French and Italian language and literature; early modern studies; postcolonial theories and literature; contemporary feminist theories and politics; queer theory; U.S. popular culture; posthumanism; animal studies

Pascale Gaitet, Emerita

Mary-Kay Gamel
Performance studies; ancient Mediterranean performance; Greek and Latin literatures; myth; reception of Greek and Roman texts and artifacts; film; feminist approaches to literature and performance

Susan Gillman
Nineteenth-century American literature and culture; theories of culture, race, and gender; world literature and cultural studies

Wlad Godzich
Theory of literature; philosophy and literature; emergent literature; translation theory; globalization and culture; European integration; knowledge society; literatures of Africa, the Caribbean, Europe (Central, Eastern, and Western), Brazil, Canada; detective and crime fiction; science fiction; medicine and literature

Jody Greene
Seventeenth- and 18th-century British literature and culture; pre- and early modern studies; critical theory, especially Derrida; poststructuralism and ethics; gender studies; history of authorship; history of the book; human property

Kirsten Silva Gruesz
Transnational Americas studies; Chicano/Latino literatures and cultures; 19th-century U.S. and Latin American literature; poetry; history of the book; reading and literacy; bilingualism

Margo Hendricks, Emerita

John O. Jordan, Emeritus

Sharon Kinoshita
Mediterranean studies; medieval Francophone and Mediterranean literature; literature, translation, and empire; postcolonial and globalization theory; Marco Polo; world literature and cultural studies

Norma Klahn
Latin American literary and cultural studies (specialization: Mexico); Chicano/Latino literature and culture from a cross-border perspective; modernity/postmodernity; poetics and politics; genre theory (novel, poetry, autobiography); contemporary critical theories (i.e., border, ethnic, feminist, transnational/global)

Kimberly J. Lau
Feminist theory; fairy tale studies; virtual worlds; social fictions; discourse analysis and ethnographic methods

H. Marshall Leicester, Jr.
Psychoanalysis; poststructuralism; gender theories; theory of cultural change; cultural studies and popular culture: opera, film, American country music

John P. Lynch, Emeritus

Nathaniel E. Mackey, Emeritus

Tyrus Miller
Modernist, avant-garde, and postmodernist literature; the interrelations of the arts in the 20th century; aesthetics theory; communist and post-communist society, intellectual history, and culture, especially in East-Central and Southern Europe; cinema and film theory; the Frankfurt School; György Lukács; contemporary poetry and language arts

Helene Moglen, Emerita

Madeline Moore, Emerita

Micah Perks
Reading and writing contemporary fiction; memoir and historical fiction; alternative communities

Juan Poblete
Latin(o) American literatures; transnational/global cultures (literature, radio, film); Latin(o) American cultural studies; 19th-century studies; the history of reading practices

Daniel Selden
Afroasiatic languages and literatures; Greek and Latin; Hellenistic culture; the classical tradition; history of criticism; literary theory; film history, theory, and analysis

Priscilla W. Shaw, Emerita

Deanna Shemek
Renaissance Italian literature and culture; early modern feminism; humanism; letter-writing and epistolary culture; early modern literacy and media; Renaissance theater; the northern court circles; digital humanities

Paul N. Skenazy, Emeritus

S. Page Stegner, Emeritus

Richard Terdiman, Emeritus

Thomas A. Vogler, Emeritus

Michael J. Warren, Emeritus

Rob Wilson
Transnational and postcolonial literatures, especially as located and transformed in Asia/Pacific; cultural-political emergences as posited against empires of globalization; cultural poetics of America in the Pacific and Oceania; the sublime, Longinus to Hiroshima; poetics of experimental writing, especially poetry; the poetry and cultural poetics of Bob Dylan; Beat beatitude, social and literary, from Jesus to Juliana Spahr et al; San Francisco as Global City, with its literature read as archive of vision and critique; Pacific Rim cities from Hong Kong and Seoul to Taipei, Kaohsiung, Shanghai, Honolulu, San Francisco, and Los Angeles

Karen Tei Yamashita
History and anthropology of Japanese immigration to Brazil; Asian American literature; modern fiction; playwriting

Associate Professor

Vilashini Cooppan
Postcolonial studies; comparative and world literature; literatures of slavery and diaspora; globalization studies; cultural theory of race and ethnicity

Sean Keilen
Shakespeare; Ovid; the classical tradition; early British literature; Renaissance humanism; poetry and poetics, imitation; theory of literature; interpretation and its history; the division of the arts and sciences; creative criticism; literature and the fine arts; literature and ethics; psychoanalysis; the passions; the senses; beauty

Loisa Nygaard
Eighteenth- and early 19th-century German literature; Goethe; Romantic fiction; landscape and landscape aesthetics; xenophobia in Germany

Assistant Professor

Dorian Bell
Nineteenth- and 20th-century French literature and intellectual history; histories of empire and anti-Semitism; literature and science; film studies; digital humanities

A. Hunter Bivens
Twentieth- and 21st-century German literature and film; Marxism and critical theory; psychoanalysis; lyric poetry; literary realism; the novel

Christopher Chen
Twentieth- and 21st-century African American literature; Asian American literature; 20th- and 21st-century poetry in the U.S.; comparative ethnic literary studies and theory; literary formalisms and comparative racialization; contemporary poetics and politics

Christine Hong
Asian American literature and cultural criticism; African American literature and black freedom studies; Korean diasporic cultural production; Pacific Rim studies; postcolonial theory; critical race theory; human rights discourse; law and literature; narrative theory; film and visual studies

G.S. Sahota
Postcolonial studies, world literature; Indian literary and intellectual history (especially in Urdu, Sanskrit, Punjabi, Hindi, and English); religion and modernity (Islam, Hinduism, Sikhism); romanticism; Marxism; translation

Ronaldo V. Wilson
20th-century and contemporary African American literature; poetry; contemporary American poetry and poetics; Black visual culture; recent experimental writers and artists

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Charles W. Hedrick Jr. (History)
Greek and Roman history; epigraphy; historiography; political theory

Lourdes Martinez-Echazabal (Latin American and Latino Studies)
Latin American and Caribbean literatures; Afro-Latin American literatures, cultures, and societies; found[n]ational narratives; Brazilian literature; literatures of Cuba and the Cuban diaspora; critical race theory

Forrest G. Robinson (Humanities)
Nineteenth- and 20th-century American literature; including Mark Twain; the American West; and popular culture; biography and American culture theory Associate Professor

Associate Professor

Anjali Arondekar (Feminist Studies)
South Asian studies, colonial historiography; feminist theories; queer theory; critical race studies; 19th-century interdisciplinary studies

Revised: 09/01/13