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Xhuliana Agolli
Areas of Concentration: Kierkegaard and Bataille; eroticism and desire in literature and film; representations of religious themes in art and cinema; relations of the aesthetic and the ethical
Languages and Literatures: Albanian, French, Italian

Khaled Al hilli
Areas of Concentration: modernism and translation studies; Arabic literature; postcolonial studies
Languages and Literatures: English, Arabic

Ashna Ali
Areas of Concentration: English and American literature; cultural studies; critical race; gender and sexuality; trauma; film and television; Italian studies
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, Spanish, Bengali

Paige Ambroziak
Areas of Concentration: 16th and 17th English and French drama and prose; early modern representations of religion and myth; Christianity in secular texts; Milton; Marlowe; Shakespeare
Languages and Literatures: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Latin
Country of origin: Canada
Publications: "Poussin's Echo of Ovid." WRECK: Graduate Journal of Art History, Visual Art & Theory, Fall 2013, Vol. 4 Issue 1.
"No One Promised Us a Job." The Chronicle of Higher Education, July 2013.

Kelly Aronowitz
Areas of Concentration: erotic literature; porn studies; film and television studies
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, Portuguese, Hebrew, German
Country of origin: Mexico
Publications: la espera: seducción de las bellas durmientes. Textofilia, 2010.
Estio en la canícula. Editorial Abismos, 2012.

Lissi Athanasiou
Areas of Concentration: modernity; modern Greek literature; 20th century novel; memory; mind; narrative techniques; emotions
Languages and Literatures: Greek, English, French, Ancient Greek and Latin

Fabio Battista
Areas of Concentration: Early Modern Italian and English literature; theory of literary genres; history and literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, French, Latin
Publications: Entry on “Cronaca del Monastero delle Clarisse di Perugia”, Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, (forthcoming).
Entry on “Ricordanze del Monastero di Santa Lucia in Foligno (1424 – 1786)”, Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle, (forthcoming).
 “Spiritual Autobiography in Seventeenth-Century England. Trends in Literary History and Criticism, 1948 – 2012”, Status Quaestionis, (3) 2012.
 “La parole antérieure. Giraudoux, Électre e la riscrittura del mito”, Laboratorio Critico, (3) 2012.
 “La vie humaine commence de l’autre côté du désespoir. La lezione di Macbeth ne Les Mouches”, Laboratorio Critico, (2) 2012.

Carlo Bottone
Areas of Concentration: American literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Latin, Spanish

Anick Boyd
Areas of Concentration: French and Anglophone modernist novel; Louis Ferdinand Celine; 20th century American literature
Languages and Literatures: French, German

Gray Campbell
Areas of Concentration: live drama (Elizabethan and Jacobean); Renaissance intertextualityp; Rimbaud; animalism; gender and sexuality studies
Languages and Literatures: French, English

Nora Carr
Areas of Concentration: narrative; temporality; history; memory; 20th century French and Latin American literature
Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish

Jin Chang
Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century English novel; 19th century European realist fiction; 19th century Russian novel; narratology
Languages and Literatures: Korean, Russian

James Curly-Egan
Areas of Concentration: psychoanalysis; logic; structuralism
Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish

Serena Del Pont
Areas of Concentration: Renaissance literature; foreign language acquisition
Languages and Literatures: Italian, French

Rosemary Demos
Areas of Concentration: genre studies; narratology; romanticism; victorian literature; personal religious narrative
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, French

Daniela D'Eugenio
Areas of Concentration: medieval and early modern literature; history of Italian language; dialectology; textual philology; paleography
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian, Spanish, Latin
Country of origin: Italy

Laura Di Bianco
Areas of Concentration: Italian cinema; 20th and 21st century literature; women and gender studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, Spanish, Russian

Albert Fayngold
Areas of Concentration: British and American realist novel; 19th and 20th century Russian/Slavic literature; exilic memoir; aesthetics; ekphrasis; literature and art; literature and science
Languages and Literatures: Russian, Ukrainian, Czech, French

Nicole Fennimore
Areas of Concentration: medieval studies; lyric poetry
Languages and Literatures: French, Latin

Matilde Fogliani
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, Spanish, French, Portuguese

Nathalie Fouyer
Languages and Literatures: French, English, Spanish, Russian

Nataliya Gavrilova
Areas of Concentration: interactions in 20th century Russian and Anglo-American literature, especially Joseph Brodsky's poetry; modernism and postmodernism; translation studies
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, French

Anke Geertsma
Areas of Concentration: trauma and memory; postmodernism; contemporary literature and film
Languages and Literatures: English, German, French
Country of origin: Netherlands
Publications: “Making it Work: Aesthetics and Affect in Dave Eggers’s What is the What.” Academic Quarter: The Aesthetics of Human Rights 5 (2012).
“Redefining Trauma Post 9/11: Freud’s Talking Cure and Foer’s Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” Aspeers: Emerging Voices in American Studies 4 (2011).
“Representing Trauma in Post-9/11 Fiction: Jonathan Safran Foer’s Everything is Illuminated and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close.” MA Dissertation University of Groningen. 

Carolina Gonzalez
Areas of Concentration: intersection of modernism; ekstasis; religion and rupture in 19th and 20th century Latin American literature; early Renaissance devotional literature and political treatises
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, Italian

Yulia Greyman
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century and contemporary literature; cognitive approaches to literature; fantastic and religious narratives; processes of belief and suspension of disbelief; consciousness and memory
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, French
Country of origin: Ukraine
Publications: “Book Review: An Impenetrable Screen of Purest Sky” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 6, 2013.
“A Prose Piece for Your Gaps: Robert Walser's Short Works” Open Letters Monthly, Sept. 1, 2013.
“In Prague on an Errand” Open Letters Monthly, Aug. 1, 2013.
Why Do We Care about Literary Characters? by Blakey Vermeule (review). Literature and Medicine 30(2), 378-382. The Johns Hopkins University Press. Fall 2012.

Valentine Gurfinkel
Areas of Concentration: Russian modernism; Soviet postmodernism; early cinema; Nabokov; Internet; Tolstoy; the novel; literary and critical theory; mimesis; memory; migration; forgetfulness
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, French

Jennifer Haller
Areas of Concentration: philosophy of literature; intersections between literature/philosophy and the arts; melancholia; reverie; Romanticism; 19th and 20th century literature
Languages and Literatures: English, German, Spanish

Zheng He
Areas of Concentration: British and German romanticism; religious studies; early American literature
Languages and Literatures: English, Chinese, German

Michael Healy
Areas of Concentration: literature of the Americas; Al-Andalus; Iberian literature; romanticism; aestheticism; modernism; the novel; literature since 1945; Irish literature; the Western canon; literary criticism; translation
Languages and Literatures: English, Spanish, French, Portuguese
Country of origin: USA

Lucile Hecht
Areas of Concentration: Magical Realism; psychoanalytic film theory
Languages and Literatures: English, French

Julia Heim
Areas of Concentration: political, social, and gender dissent through film; divismo; neorealismo; mafia studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian

Yu-Yun Hsieh
Areas of Concentration: 20th century literature; modern and contemporary novel; postmodernism; film; music
Languages and Literatures: Chinese, English, French

David Huber
Areas of Concentration: modernism and modern art; Avant-Garde poetics; the essay; literary depictions of urban space; experimental literature; art writing; critical theory; media studies
Languages and Literatures: English, French

Meng Jiang
Areas of Concentration: aesthetics and politics; 20th century American literature; documentary studies; Chinese cinema
Languages and Literatures: English, Chinese, French

Selin Kalostyan
Languages and Literatures: English, Turkish, Armenian, French

Agata Kasprzyk
Areas of Concentration: German postmodernism; 20th century German, Swiss and Austrian literature; 19th and 20th century philosophy; German-American and Polish-German cultural relations; history of Europe; translation theory
Languages and Literatures: German, English, Polish

Charlotte Lucy Latham
Areas of Concentration: aesthetics; phenomenology; narrative and critical theory; museum studies; ekphrasis; theories of the imagination; Enlightenment studies; Modernism
Languages and Literatures: French, Italian, Ancient Greek

Yael N. Lavender-Smith
Areas of Concentration: early modern comparative literature (English/Hebrew/Latin/Spanish); transformation narratives from antiquity to the 20th century; Shakespeare; Sidney
Languages and Literatures: English, Hebrew (biblical and modern), Latin, Spanish

Serafina Lawrence
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Spanish

Shinae Lee
Areas of Concentration: ethics; religious history; trauma and memory; postcolonial studies; cultural and media studies; contemporary mythology; critical theory; political theory
Languages and Literatures: Korean, French

Andrew Libby
Languages and Literatures: German, French, Ancient Greek and Latin, Old English, Dutch

Jonathan Liebembuk
Areas of Concentration: literary and critical theories; intersections of philosophy and literature; psychoanalysis/paranoiac-critical methods; intellectual history
Languages and Literatures: English, Spanish, French, Hebrew, German

Leah Light
Areas of Concentration: 19th century American literature; the novel; paranoia; psychological realism; cognition; theory of mind; ghost stories
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Spanish, Latin

Basil Lvov
Areas of Concentration: literary theory and criticism; genres of literary theory and criticism; Russian Formalism; Mikhail Bakhtin and his circle; theories of genre; theories of literary history; humor
Languages and Literatures: English, Russian, French, Italian
Country of origin: Russia
Publications: “Andrey Bely and Boris Eikhenbaum: ‘Along the Lines of Journal Criticism.’” 100 Years of Russian Formalism. International Congress. Eds. Vyacheslav V. Invanov et al. Institute of Slavic Studies of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 2013.
“By the Way of Dispute.” Voprosy Literatury [Problems of Literature]. No. 2, 2012. [an article on Viktor Shklovsky and Russia avant-garde] 
Publications in the Journalism and the Culture of Russian Speech academic journal of Moscow State University’s School of Journalism:
“Automatized Estrangement: A Critical Essay.” No. 1, 2013.
“Canon Formation in its Relation to Strangeness: Russian Formalism and Harold Bloom.” No. 2, 2012.
“The Twists and Turns of Estrangement.” No. 3, 2011.
“Poetry of John Donne and Joseph Brodsky.” No. 4, 2009.
“The Notion of Estrangement in the Works of V.B. Shklovsky.” No. 2, 2009. 


Bradford A. Masoni
Languages and Literatures: English, Italian
Publications: “In the Shadow of the Mammoth: Italo Svevo and the Emergence of Modernism by Giuliana Minghelli (book review).” Journal of Modern Italian Studies. Vol. 8, No. 8. Winter 2003.
“Experimental Fictions: From Emile Zola’s Naturalism to Giovanni Verga’s Verism by Tullio Pagano (book review).” Forum Italicum. Vol. 35, No. 2. Fall 2001. 581-583.
“Italian Fiction at the Beginning of Modernism: Giovanni Verga, Ernst Mach and Positivism.” theory@buffalo. Vol. 6, “Untimely Meditations: 100 Years After Nietzsche.” Fall 2001. 109-130.

Yvonne Mattevi
Areas of Concentration: Italian-American literature; linguistics; cultural studies; theatre; pedagogy
Languages and Literatures: Italian

Erika Mazzer
Areas of Concentration: sacred literature in the medieval and early Renaissance
Languages and Literatures: Italian, German

Evelina Mendelevich
Areas of Concentration: Russian, British, and French 19th century novel; psychological fiction; women writers
Languages and Literatures: Russian, Belarusian, French, Hebrew, Latin

Corinna Messina-Kociuba
Areas of Concentration: Italian literature of the 20th century; women studies; foreign language education
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, Spanish

Krystyna Michael
Areas of Concentration: romantic, 19th and 20th century literature (American, German, Polish); theories of anxiety; the aestheticization of urban landscape; intersections of philosophy; literature and history
Languages and Literatures: German, Polish

Tom Moran
Languages and Literatures: Ancient Greek, French

Ilaria Muzzi
Areas of Concentration: linguistics; dialectology; medieval studies; Jewish and Russian literature and poetry; cinema studies (concentration in cinema of the Far East)
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Old Slavonic, Old and Middle English, Ancient Greek, Latin

James Nikopoulos
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century literature; modernism
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Greek

Robert O'Hara
Areas of Concentration: Italian literature with a focus on 20th century Italian and French prose fiction
Languages and Literatures: Italian, French, Spanish, German

Nick Olson
Areas of Concentration: French, Spanish and English language modernism; contemporary approaches to myth; religion and theology; linguistics
Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish

Douglas Parker
Areas of Concentration: history of the novel; 19th century European & American literature; modernism; film & theatre; classics
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Italian, Spanish

Jeffrey Peer
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century literature; modernism; the psychological correlative
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, French
Country of origin: USA

John Pendergast
Areas of Concentration: 19th century Russian and German Literature; intersections in literature with music and theatre
Languages and Literatures: Russian, German, Latin, French
Country of origin: USA

Anita Pinzi
Areas of Concentration: migration literature; bilingualism; postcolonialism
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, French

Stefania Porcelli
Areas of Concentration: literature of the Second World War; Italian Resistance; literature and propaganda; Elsa Morante; Elizabeth Bowen
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, German, Latin
Publications: Between British Commitment and Irish Neutrality: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wavering Attitude towards WWII Propaganda,” in Managing Democracy: Propaganda and the Rhetorical Production of Economic and Political Realities, ed. by Gae Lyn Henderson and Mary J. Braun, forthcoming.
Lo scandalo della Storia e il romanzo storico: Elsa Morante,in Asimmetrie Letterarie, ed. Donatella Montini, Rome, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013, pp. 103-131.       
City of Ghosts: Elizabeth Bowen’s Wartime Stories,in The Ghostly and the Ghosted in Literature and Film: Spectral Identities, ed. by Lisa Kröger and Melanie R. Anderson, Newark, University of Delaware Press, 2013, pp. 15-28.
In the Shadow of the Holocaust: Art Spiegelman’s Representation of Trauma in the Comic-Book Form, in Translating America: The Circulation of Narratives, Commodities, and Ideas between Italy, Europe, and the United States, ed. by Marina Camboni et al., Bern, Peter Lang, 2011, pp. 119-216.
Una civiltà della parola: il discorso nonviolento di Hannah Arendt, in I discorsi del potere. Comunicazione politica e strategie linguistiche, ed. by Donatella Montini, Soveria Mannelli, Rubbettino, 2010, pp. 151-166.
Territori di guerra: Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf, in Fictions. Studi sulla narratività, 6 (2008): 51-60.
Language and Violence: Hannah Arendt and the American Sixties,Research Group on the Languages of War and Violence, Bergamo University, available at http://dinamico2.unibg.it/guerra/Atti2/Language_and_Violence.pdf (2007).

Adam Resnick
Areas of Concentration: existential literature; apocalypse in literature and film; Marxist theory; Nietzsche
Languages and Literatures: English, Spanish, Latin

Tom Ribitzky
Areas of Concentration: Shakespeare; British romanticism; 19th century German philosophy; British, German, and French modernism; melancholia
Languages and Literatures: English, German, French
Country of origin: Israel

Marc Rickenbach
Areas of Concentration: 20th century minor and dialect literature and language; politics of national and world literatures; continental philosophy
Languages and Literatures: English, French, German, Swiss-German
Country of origin: USA

Antoine Rideau
Areas of Concentration: migrant and sexual identities in literature; 19th and 20th century French and Spanish poetry and theatre; translation and bilingualism
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Spanish

Mark Rinaldi
Areas of Concentration: literature and science; Italian literary and cultural studies; modern and post-modern literature; scientific philosophy
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Spanish, English

Nayar Rivera
Areas of Concentration: folktale narratives; migrants; tricksters; metaphor and neuroscience
Languages and Literatures: French, Spanish, English, Russian
Publications: Alas. Mijail Kuzmin. Mexico, Felou, 2013. [Annotated translation and introduction]
El deshielo. Mexico, Felou, 2011.
Reglas de urbanidad. Mexico, Quimera, 2008.
En la casa de la sal. Mexico, Delegación Iztacalco/Versal, 2002.
“El éxtasis, la identidad y el deseo. La música como experiencia de libertad”, in
México se escribe con jota, Mexico, Planeta, 2010.
“Fabio Morábito: La ola que regresa. Poesía reunida”, in Periódico de poesía, Mexico, UNAM, 2010. (Book review)
“When slaves love each other, it’s not love: Phil Collins en la galleria Tanya Bonakdar gallery”, in Replicante 20, Mexico, 2009. (Art review)
“Melodrama en cinco películas. Luis Zapata y su novela rosa a la vuelta del siglo” in Replicante 16, Mexico, 2008. (Book review)

Abraham Rubin
Areas of Concentration: modernism; critical theory; psychoanalysis; trauma studies; Jewish-American literature
Languages and Literatures: Hebrew, English, German

Francesco Sacchini
Areas of Concentration: Dante studies; Latin literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, French, Latin

Luisanna Sardu Castangia
Areas of Concentration: Women and Gender studies; languages and linguistics; Spanish studies; Renaissance studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Spanish, English, German

Lisa Sarti
Areas of Concentration: English literature; foreign languages
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English, German, Spanish, Latin

Johnna Scrabis
Areas of Concentration: morality and ethics; animal studies; language in theatre
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, Portuguese

Yelizaveta Shapiro
Areas of Concentration: 20th century Russian and English poetry and literature; Isaac babel; poetics; uncertainty as a language of crisis and its effects
Languages and Literatures: Russian

Katherine Shloznikova
Areas of Concentration: narcissism and ethics; Proust
Languages and Literatures: French, Russian

Jane Shmidt
Areas of Concentration: 18th and 19th century Russian literature; 19th and 20th century British literature; classical and modern drama; short story; Latin American literature; bilingual writers; memoir
Languages and Literatures: Russian, Spanish

Michael Skafidas
Languages and Literatures: Greek, English, French, German, Ancient Greek

Jeffrey P. Smith
Areas of Concentration: classical culture; tragic analysis of human behavior and human obsession with artistic fictions; primacy of language in human identity; intersection of political philosophy in literature
Languages and Literatures: French, German
Publications: "Vital Victuals: A Postmodern Remix." Brooklyn Rail. 

Isabel Sobral Campos
Areas of Concentration: 20th century French and English literature; critical theory; poetry and poetics; performance and visual culture
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Portuguese

Marissa Solow
Areas of Concentration: psychoanalysis, subjectivity and desire in 19th and 20th century literature; feminist thought; critical theory
Languages and Literatures: English, French

Claire Sommers
Areas of Concentration: Greek and Roman literatures; French literature (Renaissance-19th century); literary and critical theory; ancient-modern relations; philosophy and literature; theories of genre; mimesis
Languages and Literatures: English, French, Ancient Greek, Latin, Spanish, Italian

Linda Stein
Areas of Concentration: medieval literatures of Spain, France and England
Languages and Literatures: English, Spanish, French
Country of origin: USA

Annalisa Susca
Areas of Concentration: risorgimento; postwar and contemporary literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Spanish, Latin

Lisa Tagliaferri
Areas of Concentration: Renaissance and medieval studies; Digital Humanities; film studies
Languages and Literatures: Italian, Latin, French
Publications: "Mi fanno male i capellis: Paranoia and Pain in Antonioni's Red Desert." The International Journal of Literature and Psychology, 2013.

Jesse Tandler
Languages and Literatures: English, German, Spanish

Julia Titus
Areas of Concentration: 19th century Russian and French literature, specifically Dostoevsky, Balzac, and Hugo; language and literature; myth of the city; Russian theatre
Languages and Literatures: Russian, French, Italian

Gina Maria Tomasulo
Areas of Concentration: women's studies; the novel in France and Italy; African American literature; contemporary autobiographical writings; postcolonial studies; narratology; psychoanalysis
Languages and Literatures: Italian, French

Vivianna Torrero
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century Italian literature; music; film

Christopher Trice
Areas of Concentration: literary theory; screen aesthetics; early Soviet critical theory; montage theory; philosophies of immanence; word as image; representations of time and memory
Languages and Literatures: English, French

Zoltan Varga
Areas of Concentration: modernism; literary theory; semiotics; gender; ancient Greek literature; Greek mythology
Languages and Literatures: Ancient Greek, English, Hungarian, German

Laura Visco
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century Italian and German literature
Languages and Literatures: Italian, German, French
Country of origin: Italy
Publications: Review of Monica Bisi, Poetica della metamorfosi e poetica della conversione: scelte formali e modelli del divenire nella letteratura. Forum Italicum, Spring 2014.

Chun-ling Wei
Areas of Concentration: English literature; Renaissance studies; modern drama; literary theory; Chinese films

Anna Williams
Areas of Concentration: Latin American and Caribbean literature after 1960; border literature and theory; Cervantes; 17th century Spanish and colonial poetry by women; psychoanalysis and literature

Fan Xia
Areas of Concentration: 19th and 20th century continental literature
Languages and Literatures: Chinese, English

Lori Yamato
Areas of Concentration: philosophy and literature; Enlightenment and Romanticism; opera and song cycle; tragedy; Orpheus and anti-Orpheus; emblems, fables and parables
Languages and Literatures: Danish, German, Italian, Latin

Matvei Yankelevich
Areas of Concentration: literary theory; metaphor; surrealism; 20th century poetry; translation; visual culture and theatre; theories of Avant-Garde

Alessandro Zammataro
Areas of Concentration: Middle Ages, 19th – 20th century and contemporary literature; Digital Philology; Digital Humanities; Digital restoring and visual improving of medieval and modern manuscripts; Petrarch
Languages and Literatures: Italian, English
Country of origin: Italy
Publications: Il Canto della Vergine. Storia mistica e immagini del Medioevo nella poesia di F. Tozzi, Roma, Aracne Editrice, 2013. 
Il Carteggio Tozzi-Formìggini (1911-1913), Edizione critica, Roma, Aracne Editrice (forthcoming).
I libri della Memoria. La biblioteca ideale di Federigo Tozzi tra letteratura e filologia, in Atti del XIV Convegno internazionale di studi Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2013. 
Tozzi, Formìggini e «La città della Vergine», tra mercato e medioevo, in Atti del XII Convegno internazionale di studi, Pisa, Edizioni ETS, 2011.
Le architetture dell'anima e la città mistica. Tozzi tra modernità e Medioevo. Concordanza e analisi delle poesie, 3 voll., Dottorato di ricerca in Italianistica (Lessicografia e semantica del linguaggio letterario europeo), Università di Catania, XXIII ciclo. Supervisor Prof. G. Savoca, tutor Prof. A. Di Silvestro.

Nicole Zeftel
Areas of Concentration: humor and folly; subjectivity and personal inwardness in Modernist and Renaissance literature; drama; psychoanalysis; 20th century American literature
Languages and Literatures: French

Ting Zhang
Areas of Concentration: 19th century English and European realist novel
Languages and Literatures: Chinese, English, Spanish, French

Alexandra Zobel
Areas of Concentration: Latin American literature; Arabic literature; the effects of violence on, and portrayals in, literature; literature as vehicle for social protest and change
Languages and Literatures: Spanish, French, Italian, Arabic