News & Events


 Alumnus Steven Zani is the recipient of the 2015 Lamar University Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award. Congratulations!

Amy C. Smith, who graduated from our program in 2007, has been awarded the very competitive Distinguished Faculty Fellowship at Lamar University. The fellowship has the goal of "recognizing faculty performance and leadership in research/creative activity and teaching." Amy has been teaching as Assistant Professor of English at Lamar University for 6 years now. She is also Associate Director of QEP.

 It is with great sadness that we announce that Rodrigo Mier, who completed his Ph.D within the Department of Comparative Literature in 2005, passed away of cancer on December 23rd, 2014. During his time in Binghamton Rodrigo and his partner, Irene Fenoglio (who also earned a Ph.D in Comparative Literature), brought two beautiful children, Sofia and Bruno, into the world. Rodrigo was inquisitive, loved philosophy and politics, and wrote a wonderful dissertation entitled "Spectrality and Sovereignty in Zapatista Discourse." He also authored a children's book, El dilema de Domingo (1997), the story of a dragon that defies the laws of the dragons to win the love of Dorotea. Rodrigo played music, cooked, and once rode his bicycle from New Orleans to Binghamton. For all who knew him at Binghamton he was not only a great friend and generous colleague but family.


Upcoming Events


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Comparative Literature GSO Speaker Series 2014-15:

Angela Runciman, "Angel of History": George Eliot's Modernist Turn." (April 27th, 1.30, LT 1506)

In July 1854, Marian Evans embarked on a honeymoon trip with George Henry Lewes, the events surrounding which—as cited by several critics, such as Gregory Maertz—influencing her career move from translation and criticism to fiction. In addition to critics' general focus on her German travel as formative in her career shift to "George Eliot," I cite a moment in Cologne recorded in Evans's journal hitherto critically overlooked as the perspective of an "uninformed tourist." It is following this trip that Evans develops a working theory of fiction in her 1856 essay, "The Natural History of German Life."
It is evident throughout her body of work that Eliot experiments with this theory; what some critics call "inconsistency," I refer to as flexibility and fluidity, changing and responding to the sharp cultural shifts of her milieu. During her fiction career, the literary world faces serialization and sensation (popular) fiction; the growth of the city and anonymity in its crowds; the Woman Question, scientific advancement, and the Industrial Revolution. In my dissertation, I argue that the critical responses to these moments in her novels—which reexamine and "reclaim" historical spaces, going back as far as 15th-century Florence in Romola—necessitate breaks with Victorian narrative tradition in a move toward the modern. This talk will focus on the specifically German travel and thought which inform and influence Eliot's "work" of art and—much to the disappointment of certain feminist critics—the strategic, and even purposeful, ways in which she limits her heroines' potential.


Recent Events

Comparative Literature GSO Speaker Series 2014-15:

Matt Applegate, "Let's Make Something! Accounting for the Labor and Impact of The Digital Manifesto Archive." (April 24th, LT 1506)

The Digital Manifesto Archive is an academic resource dedicated to aggregating and cataloging manifestos that focus on the political and cultural dimensions of digital life as well as manifestos that are written, or primarily disseminated, online. In the course of 10 months, Izzy To (the archive's co-creator and administrator) and I have cataloged over 200 manifestos, interviewed 6 authors/scholars in the field, and reached over 2,200 users (9,000 pageviews and 3,700 sessions). This presentation will account for the labor and impact of the archive within the broader discourse of the digital humanities. I will cover popular DH platforms (Omeka and the sites for building code-literacy), the role of critical making in the humanities, and questions concerning digital materiality and preservation.


Dr. Hamish Dalley, "Worldview and World-Form: Representation and the Universal Ideal after Postcolonialism." (April 17th, LT 1506)


Rania Said, "Cities and Women in Rebellion: Tunis in Je Prendrai les armes s'il le faut by Dalila ben Mbarek." (March 2nd, LT 1506)

Dalila ben Mbarek's testimony Je Prendrai les armes s'il le faut...Tunisie, mon combat pour la liberté tells the story of the 2011 Tunisian uprising and reveals the narrator's entanglement with the city she inhabits. In this talk I argue that the narrator reconstructs her metamorphosis from an indifferent bourgeois lawyer to a civil rights activist in very spatial terms. She imagines this coming into consciousness as a move away from the élite urban territory of the Ben Ali-Trabelsi clan and as a complete immersion into the streets of the capital and the forgotten cities of the interior. In the process she constructs a Tunis that is shifting from a hyper-centralized and depoliticized city to a highly politicized metropolis in the process of decentralization. I argue that the narrator's construction of this personal and spatial metamorphosis allows her to come to terms with her previous political detachment from the city and to negotiate her place as a feminist and secular activist in the newly open public sphere. Finally, I take issue with the narrator's understanding of the 2011 uprising as a revolution, and I show that the events only pushed the boundaries of the public sphere without producing any radical reversal in government or economic production.

Steve Warech, "SERPENTINE HYSTERIA, PSYCHOANALYSIS AND DISCIPLINE." (Monday, February 8th at 1pm, LT1506).

In this talk I argue that the current understanding of hysteria as conversion disorder in the filed of psychology replicates many mistakes made in the nineteenth century. Specifically, I will look at the role hysteria plays in the formation of two disciplines, neurology and psychoanalysis. Beginning with Jean-Martin Charcot's work on hysteria at the Salpêtrière hospital I develop a critique of the symptomatic model of diagnosis for hysteria and explore how this model has been developed into The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual. I argue that this conversion model, which is based in a reading of Breuer and Freud's Studies in Hysteria, should be abandoned and instead turn to Lacan's work on hysteria. Lacan's diagnostic structures and understanding of hysteria as a discourse, I argue, provides a way of analyzing hysteria that does not reproduce dangerous relations of power, discipline, and gendered violence.

Berkay Ustun, "Sensitization and Depatriation as strategies of aesthetic contingency." (Monday, December 8th at 1.30 pm, LT1406).

Abstract: In this inquiry I intend to discuss two speculative ideas related to the contingency in the processes of production, as well as the ongoing existence of artworks, for which I use the shorthand ''aesthetic contingency.'' I find these speculative ideas in the works of two francophone authors, Henri Michaux and Paul Valèry, a couple not commonly considered together because of Michaux's distance to the (primarily Western) easily assumed public intellectual stance that Valèry represented for him. My motive in the juxtaposition of these two ideas, ''dépaysement'' (Michaux) and ''sensitization'' (Valèry), is testing the viability of a certain correlation between experimentation in artistic form and new modes of existence/subjectivation, thereby linking contingency to the problem of the production of subjectivity.

Diviani Chaudhuri, "Weak Counterpoints: Early Anglophone Novels by South Asian Muslim Women." (Nov 24, 2014, 12pm-2pm, LT 1506)

In existing literary histories of anglophone writing in India, early South Asian Muslim women's novels are often excluded from the canon and not considered together as a body of work. My project investigates this gap in the existing scholarship and attempts to bring new insights in the fields of South Asian women's writing, Muslim women's fiction and South Asian Anglophone writing.

 Mona Kareem, "Good Mothers, Bad Sisters: Subalterns and the Nation in Gulf Women's Lit." (Nov 10, 2014)

Luis Castañeda, "Oscar Zeta-Acosta's Gonzo Style Autobiography." (Oct 13, 2014)

Luis traces in Acosta's Autobiography of a Brown Buffalo (1972) a complex and reciprocal relationship between styles of Chicano/a narrative of late 1960s, the Beat Generation of the 1950s and Hunter S. Thomson's gonzo-style journalism. His study of Acosta's novel unveils a multifaceted and sophisticated allegory of the Chicano/a experience that mingles a realist self-portrayal of a beatnik.

 Mark Amerika screens "Immobilié" (Oct 16, 2013)

The Department of Comparative Literature presents the screening of "the world's first feature-length mobile phone art film," Mark Amerika's Immobilité, to be followed by a Q&A session with the artist.

Mark Amerika is an internationally renowned artist/writer/media theorist and professor in Digital arts at the Department of Arts and Art History at the University of Colorado, Boulder. His "avant-pop" digital art (re)mixes popular and mass media culture with an avant-garde spirit. Immobilité takes this mix to heart by exploring the possibilities offered by the low-tech materiality of an ordinary mobile camera to create a highbrow narrative and stunning audio- visual product. Immobilité explores relationships between images, bodies, landscapes and movements to tell a story of intersubjective blurring.

The event, which is cosponsored by the Department of Art History, takes place on October 16 from 4:40-7:40 in LT 1506


Undergraduate Program


Over the past 5 years (2010-14), 69 students graduated with a major in Comparative Literature.


 Congratulations to Sarah Hur for entering graduate school at Columbia University's Teacher's College per fall 2014.


Graduate Program


Graduate Student Blog

For news and updates, please visit our graduate student blog:

Annual Graduate Conference

Each spring, the Comparative Literature M.A. and Ph.D. students organize a graduate conference that stands out for its distinctive keynote speakers and international contributors. Typically addressing topics related to interdisciplinarity, the conference continues to attract broad attention from students and scholars throughout the humanities, arts, and social sciences. For more information on the annual graduate conference, click here.

British Women Writers Conference 2014

The 22nd annual British Women Writers Conference, "Reflections," was held June 19-21, 2014 in downtown Binghamton. Committee co-chairs included Comparative Literature Ph.D. candidates Angela Runciman, Kristine Jennings, Kerstin Petersen, Natalia Andrievskikh, English Ph.D. students Heather Dorn and Sanghee Lee, and faculty mentor Gisela Brinker-Gabler. More information about the BWWA and the annual BWWC is available at


Congratulations to Kristine Jennings on being hired fall 2014 as Visiting Assistant Professor of World Literature at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Congratulations to Matt Applegate on being hired fall 2014 as Assistant Professor in English and Director of the Writing Concentration at Molloy College.


Anastasiya Lyubas is awarded full tuition scholarship to attend Mark Hansen's seminar, "Media Between Data and Experience," at the Summer School of Theory and Criticism, Cornell University, during June 15-July 25, 2014.

Natalia Andrievskikh is a recipient of the Saltire Scholarship for Scottish Literature at the University of Edinburgh for the Summer of 2014.

Angela Runciman received the University award for Excellence in Service and Outreach for 2013/14.

Natalia Andrievskikh received the University award for Excellence in Research for 2013/14.

Natalia Andrievskikh received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2012/13.

Kristine Jennings received the University award for Excellence in Research for 2012/13.

Kristine Jennings received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2011/12.

Laura Collins received the University award for Excellence in Service for 2011/12.

Tamkin Hussain received the University award for Excellence in Teaching for 2010/2011.

Erin Riddle received the University Graduate Student Award for Excellence in Service & Outreach for 2010/2011.

Graduate Student Papers

Anastasiya Lyubas's article, "Lviv Re-fashioned: The Canvas of Translation/Mistranslation in a Contemporary City", will appear in a Special Issue on Spaces and Places of Translation in Translation: A Transcdisciplinary Journal, edited by Sherry Simon (Concordia University, Montreal, CA) and Federico Montanari (University of Bologna, Italy). Publication in 2015.

Natalia Andrievskikh's article, "The Taste of Fairy Tale: Consumption as a Theme and Textual Strategy in Sexing the Cherryby Jeanette Winterson", is forthcoming (2015) in Pacific Coast Philology, Penn State University Press.

Julia Ludewig's book review of Miranda Hickman's and John McIntyre's Rereading The New Criticism will be published in Modern Language Notes December 2014.

Natalia Andrievskikh's article, "Food Symbolism, Sexuality, and Gender Identity in Fairy Tales and Modern Women's Bestsellers", was published in Studies in Popular Culture, 2014.

Natalia Andrievskikh's article,"Construction of Memory in Exile: Objectification of Self in Autobiographies by Immigrant Writers" was published in The Universal and the Culturally Specific in Languages and Literatures. Ed. by D.V. Portnyagin. Kurgan State University Press, 2012.

Ken Roon's essay "John Rechy's Borderless City of Night" was published in The Idea of the City: Early Modern and Post-Modern Locations and Communities, edited by John Fitzpatrick, Cambridge Scholars Press, Newcastle upon Tyne (UK), 2009.

Alison Heney's article "Seeking the Ancient Spirit in Modern Art: A Comparative Consideration of Wassily Kandinsky, Jane Harrison and Virginia Woolf" was published in Issue 27 of the peer-reviewed journal genre: "Ancient and Modern Narrative" issued by the Department of Comparative World Literature and Classics at CSULB.

Alison Heney's paper, "Because the last room is his room': 'Bluebeard' and Ingeborg Bachmann's Malina," was nominated to be considered for the 2008 Horst Frenz prize of the ACLA. She gave this paper at the 2008 ACLA meeting. The prize includes a $250.00 gift certificate for books and a $250.00 travel grant to attend the following year's ACLA conference, as well as publication of the paper in the Yearbook of Comparative and General Literature.

Recent Placements

Kristine Jennings has been hired fall 2014 as Visiting Assistant Professor of World Literature at Appalachian State University in North Carolina.

Matt Applegate started as Assistant Professor in English and Director of the Writing Concentration at Molloy College in fall 2014.

Cheikh Thiam was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor of French and African Studies at Ohio State University, Columbus, Ohio.

Kim Allen Gleed was appointed Associate Professor of English at Harrisburg Area Community College (Harrisburg Campus).

Amy Smith was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Lamar University, Beaumont, Texas.

Jeongyun Ko was appointed Visiting Professor at the Department of English of Kutztown University, Kutztown, Pennsylvania.

Markus Zisselsberger was appointed tenure-track Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern Languages and Literatures at the University of Miami, Coral Gables, Florida.

Ben Van Wyke, Assistant Professor of Spanish and Translation Studies at University of Purdue and Indiana, Indianapolis.

Dissertation Defenses 2009-2014

2014 Applegate, Matthew The Imperatives of Guerrilla Discourse: Partisanship, Power, and the Aesthetics of Resistance
2014 Riddle, Erin (TRIP) Domesticating Memory: Jana Hensel and Rigoberta Menchú in Translation
2014 Atamer, Esra Gilbert Simondon: Physical, Vital, and Collective Individuations Through Transductive Articulation of Sciences
2014 Jennings, Kristine Narcissistic Sensibilities: The Erotics of an Imaged Self in English and German Novels of the Eighteenth Century
2014 Nubukpo, Ayao (TRIP) Reconstructing Blackness: The Harlem Renaissance Movement (1920s) and Negritude (1930s)
2013  Mahasneh, Anjad (TRIP) Translation Training in the Jordanian Context: Curriculum Evaluation in Translator Education
2013 Palma Moya, Domingo (TRIP)      Writing the Stereoscopic and Cosmopolitan Future: Ariel Dorfman and the Interconnectedness Between Translation and Self-Translation
2013 Al-Ashoor, Arif (TRIP) Philosophy and the Politics of Poetry in Relation to Translation of Al-Mutannabi's Poetry
2013 Wang, Linda (TRIP) Translating Totality in Parts: An Annotated Translation of Chengguan's Commentaries and Subcommentaries to the Huayanjing, Fascicle I
2013 Beliakova, Natallia  Russian "Madness" in English Translation: Reading Dostoevsky's Madmen from the Translator's Point of View
2013 Alhossary, Riham (TRIP) Politics of Translating Arab Women Writers into English
2013 Ramirez Giraldo, Juan The Politics of Irony and Allegory in Postmodern and Postcolonial Discourse and in Contemporary Colombian Literature
2012 Morris, Jon (TRIP) Thanks for Nothingness: The Translators and Critics Who Brought Existentialism to America
2012 Dewey, Bryan The Key to the Garden of Eden, or, the way to Apocalypse
2012 Addrayhem, A. A. (TRIP) Culture in the Service of Another: Implementing the West in Saudi Literature
2012 Canete-Jurado, V. (TRIP) Translating the Myth. Theater, Ideology, Translation
2012 Miletich, M. J. (TRIP) Reading Gender in Translation: Translator's Intervention in Isaac Chochron's Pronombres Personales
2012 Sevik, G. B. Aesthetics and Modern Poetry: Mood, Musicality, and Imagery in the Poems of Dickinson, Hopkins, Trakl
2012 Gozacan, Gulru Species Being and Biophilosophy in Marx, Deleuze, and Guatarri
2012 Haber, Ana Ethics of Tragic Heroism: oral Autonomy as Lawgiving Rebellion in Kant, Hegel and Kafka
2012 Hwang, A. H. The Language-Experience: Experiencing Language


Latzo, Steven N. The Emergence of Latin American Subaltern Studies and Gramscian Dismay


Sabri, Yara (TRIP) The Politics of Translation and the Search for a National Identity: A Translation of Maha Al Qasrawi's The Cry


Kasap, Cagri The Anacoluthon of a Libertinage: The Question of Literary Value and Some Works of Phillippe Sollers


Jansen, Michelle For-Giving: The Economy of the Revenant




Heney, Alison Fairy Tales, Modernisms and Grotesqueries: The Art of Virginia Woolf, Djuna Barnes and Ingeborg Bachmann


Sak, Taras The Art of Escape: Herman Melville's Bachelor Machines, 1850-57


Mahoney, Brendan Thomas Listening to Things: Eco-Poetics in Wittgenstein, Heidegger, and Stevens


Lopez, Nelson J. Translating Salarruè: Cultural Evolution, Memory and Indigenuos Ancestry in the Savadoran Spanish of Today


Barbaza, Raniela An Orosipon Kan Bikolnon: Interrupting the Philippine Nation


Kabwila Kapasula, Jessie Transnational Feminist Agency in African and Afro-Diasporic Fiction and Film


Demir-Atay, Hivren Reading Beyond Psychoanalysis: Transference Effect of Literature


2010 Amorim, Lauro Blackness, Translation and the (In)Visible: Harryette Mullen's Poetry in Brazilian Portuguese
2010 Ertuna, Irmak The Avante-Garde and the Politics of Revolution: From Dada into Surrealism, 1919-1931
2010 Friday, Julia The Composition of Memory, Public Record and Archive: Czechoslovakia from the Prague Spring to the Velvet Revolution


Harris, Mark The Continuity of Readings: Thematic Approaches to the Short Fiction of Julio Cortazar
2009 Timmsen Amory, Carolyn

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