Alumni Highlights

Find information on Comparative Literature alumni and dissertations below.

For full dissertations, please visit CUNY's Academic Works for dissertations from 2014-present or the Mina Rees Library for dissertations prior to 2014.

The Graduate Center's Office of Institutional Research and Effectiveness makes data available on alumni through Tableau. For Comparative Literature, data shows:

  • In recent years, 5-12 doctoral degrees have been awarded annually. 
  • The current (as of Fall 2020) median time-to-degree is 8.7 years (by graduation year) and 5.5 years (by entering cohort).
  • Graduates (2003-2016) work in following job sectors: education (79%) and self-employed (7.5%).

Our Alumni

Fazia Aitel (2004) has begun a tenure-track appointment as Assistant Professor in the Department of Modern and Classical Languages and Literatures at the University of Montana-Missoula. She teaches courses in Comparative Literature, 20th Century Francophone literature, Anglophone literature, postcolonial studies, and film studies.

Ashna Ali (2019) (they/them) is a Bangladeshi-American poet and teacher-scholar and serves as Assistant Professor of Literature at Bard High School Early College Manhattan. They have taught at several CUNY Colleges and The New School. Their academic work has appeared or is forthcoming in minnesota review, Journal of Narrative Theory, Interventions, Texte Zur Kunst, and other journals. Their poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in Nat. Brut, The Felt, HeART Online, Kajal Mag, and Bone Bouquet, among others. They are currently working on
their first full manuscript of poetry.

Recent Publications

  • “Ugly Affects; Migritude and The Black Mediterranean Counternarratives of the Migrant Subject” JNT: Journal of Narrative Theory Special issue: Refugee Literatures: Migration, Crisis, and the Humanities (Fall 2020) (forthcoming)
  • Co-written with Christopher Ian Foster; Supriya M. Nair. “Introduction: Migritude from a Comparative Perspective” the minnesota review (2020) (94): 54-66
  • “Activist by Default: An Interview with Igiaba Scego” the minnesota review (2020) (94): 157-166

Elizabeth Alsop (2012) Dr. Elizabeth Alsop is Assistant Professor of Communication and Media at the CUNY School of Professional Studies, and a faculty member in the Masters of Liberal Studies (MALS) program at the Graduate Center. Her areas of research and teaching interest include 20th-century British and American fiction, narrative theory, feminist media studies, and film and television aesthetics. 

Recent Publications

  • "All Together Now," Film Quarterly, August 20, 2020.
  • Making Conversation in Modernist Fiction. Columbus: Ohio State University Press, 2019. 
  • “Sorority Flow: The Rhetoric of Sisterhood in Post-Network Television.” Feminist Media Studies 19.7 (2019): 1026-2042
  •  “‘It’s no longer your film’: Fictions of Authorship in Mulholland Drive. The Journal of Film and Video 71.3 (Fall 2019): 50-64.  
  • “The Question of James’s Speech: Consensual Talk in The Ambassadors. Narrative 27.2 (May 2019): 221-235.

Anastassiya Andrianova  (2011) Anastassiya Andrianova is an Associate Professor of English at North Dakota State University, where she teaches courses in 19th-century British, postcolonial, and world literatures. Dr. Andrianova is committed to introducing ecocriticism and animal studies to discussions of Romantic, realist, and Modernist literatures, particularly in Russian and Ukrainian studies where these theoretical concerns are underrepresented. She has published on animal studies, zoopedagogy, ecospirituality, Ukrainian drama, British Victorian pedagogy, and postcolonial literature, and is currently working at the intersection of critical animal studies and critical disability studies.

Recent Publications

  • “Why Did Gerasim Drown His Mumu? Animal Subjectivity in Turgenev’s ‘Mumu.’” Journal for Critical Animal Studies, vol. 17, no. 4, July 2020, pp. 29-52.
  • “Eco-Spirituality in Tolstoy’s Anna Karenina.” Natural Communions, vol. 40, Religion and Public Life, edited by Gabriel Ricci. 1st edition. Routledge, 2019.
  • “Teaching Animals in the Post-Anthropocene: Zoopedagogy as a Challenge to Logocentrism.” The Journal of the Assembly for Expanded Perspectives on Learning, vol. 24, 2019, co-edited by Wendy Ryden and Peter Khost, pp. 81-97.

Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis (2013) Lissi Athanasiou-Krikelis is Associate Professor of English at New York Institute of Technology in the Manhattan campus, and she is currently serving as interim chair of Interdisciplinary Studies. Dr. Krikelis teaches academic writing to both international and domestic students, as well as literature courses, such as “Children’s Literature,” “The Postmodern Novel,” and “The Graphic Novel.” Her research interests include postmodern metafiction, narrative theory, children’s and young-adult literature, and contemporary Greek literature. She holds a master’s and doctorate in Comparative Literature from The Graduate Center, CUNY, and a second masters in TESOL from Teacher’s College, Columbia University.

Recent Publications

  • “The Child Reading: Female Stereotypes and Social Authority in Sylvia Plath’s Children’s Fiction,” Forthcoming in The Bloomsbury Handbook to Sylvia Plath (2021).
  • “Mapping the Metafictional Picturebook,” Narrative, The Ohio State University Press, vol. 28, no. 3, October 2020, pp. 355-374.
  • “Who Is the Turk in Greek Children’s and Young Adult Fiction,” International Research in Children’s Literature, Edinburgh University Press, vol. 13, no. 2, July 2020, pp. 76-91.

Media Appearances

  • “A Salon with Author Amanda Michalopoulou in New York,” The National Herald May 2019
  • “How to build GRE vocabulary with reading, apps, games and more,” The Economist Careers Network 2019

David A. Auerbach (1993) is Associate Professor in the Graduate Program in Translation at the University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Campus. He is a member of the American Association of Art Editors. His published translations are included in Brazil: Body and Soul (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York, 2001); The Aztec Empire (Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation, New York 2004); The Colonial Andes, Tapestries and Silverwork, 1530-1830 (The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 2004); Issues in the Conservation of Paintings (Getty Conservation Institute, Los Angeles, 2005).; The Indigenous Cultures of Puerto Rico (Publications of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art of the University of Puerto Rico, 2006); The Arts in Latin America 1492-1820 (Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia, October 2006); Taínos: Ceremonial Objects (Publications of the Museum of History, Anthropology and Art of the University of Puerto Rico, 2007); The Art and Architecture of Persia (Abbeville Press, New York, 2007), and Darcy Lange: Study of an Artist at Work (Ikon Gallery, Birmingham, U.K./ Govett-Brewster Art Gallery, New Plymouth, New Zealand, 2009).

Elizabeth Augspach (2004) has published The Garden as Woman's Space in 12th and 13th Century Literature. Studies in Medieval Literature 27 (Lewiston, NY: Ewin Mellen Press, 2004). The book was based on her dissertation.

Fabio Battista (2019) is a Full-Time Instructor (Lecturer) of Italian at the University of Alabama.  His research interests include: early modern European culture; the interplay between historical narrative and fictional literature, particularly tragedy; translation studies; theatre history; Renaissance Venetian diplomacy; Second Language Acquisition. His doctoral dissertation, “Staging English Affairs in Early Modern Italy: History, Politics, Drama,” (2019) investigates the transmission of knowledge and the fictionalization of facts across the European continent, with a particular attention to the Anglo-Italian case. He has been the recipient of an Andrew W. Mellon Dissertation Fellowship awarded by the American Council of Learned Societies (2018-2019) and is also active as a professional translator.

Recent Publications

  • [book translation] Christian Uva, Sergio Leone: Cinema as Political Fable. Oxford and New York: Oxford University Press, 2020.
  • “Death of a Stateswoman: Elizabeth Tudor and the Critique of Female Rule in La regina statista d’Inghilterra (1668).” Italica 96.4 (Winter 2019).
  • “Cronaca del Monastero delle Clarisse di Perugia.” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2016).
  • “Ricordanze del Monastero di Santa Lucia in Foligno (1424-1786).” Brill Encyclopedia of the Medieval Chronicle (2016).

Philip Beitchman (1986) has published The View from Nowhere: Essays in Literature, Mysticism and Philosophy. (University Press of America: Lanham, MD and Oxford, UK, 2001).

Francesco Bonavita (1980) is a professor in the Department of Instruction and Educational Leadership at Kean University (Union, NJ). At the ACTFL Convention in November 2003 he presented a paper, "Primo Levi: Hope amidst Hopelessness." His textbook, Giardino italiano, An Intermediate Language Immersion Program in Italian, has been published by Bastos (2004).

Monica Calabritto (2001) is an Assistant Professor of Italian at Hunter College, CUNY. She made two presentations at the Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America (April 2004): "Emblems/Impresse" and "Exploring the Archives." She was awarded an I Tatti Fellowship at the Harvard University's center for research in Renaissance studies; the fellowship provides residence in Florence, Italy, during the 2004-05 academic year.

Veruska Cantelli (2012) Veruska Cantelli is an Associate Professor of Interdisciplinary Studies at Champlain College. Before joining Champlain College, she was an Assistant Professor of Rhetoric and Interdisciplinary Studies at the Center for Global Communication Strategies at the University of Tokyo. Her area of focus is feminist Studies, her most recent works explores Japanese feminist writers in relation to food and performativity and feminist responses to contemporary conflicts. Her translation and edited volume of Diane di Prima’s collection of poetry Revolutionary Letters is forthcoming with Le Lettere, Florence. She studied modern and contemporary dance at the Mary Anthony Dance Studio and at the Trisha Brown Studio in New York and has performed with the Human Kinetics Movement Arts. She leans on clay to explore wabi-sabi aesthetics.
Recent Publications

  • Lettere Rivoluzionarie, Poesie di Diane di Prima, Le Lettere (Translator and editor of the poetry collection by Diane di Prima) (2021)
  • Insurgent Feminisms a Warscapes Compilation, The Mantle, (Co-editor) (2021)
  • “Resistant Recipes: Food, Gender and Translation in Migrant and Refugee Narratives” in The Routledge Handbook of Translation and Activism. Eds. Rebecca Ruth Gould and Kayvan Tahmasebian, (co-writer) (2020)
  •  “The Dance of Bones: Tomioka Taeko’s Stage of Reprobates” in Otherness: Essays and Studies, Centre for Studies of Otherness Aarhus University, 2021.
  • “Frammenti” in Mediterranean: Migrant Crossings. Eds. by Bhakti Shringarpure, Michael, 2018.

Robert Cowan (2006) is Assistant Dean for Program Development, Assessment, & Review at Hunter College, a tenured full professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, and a volunteer instructor at Rikers Island Correctional Facility. His areas of research are post-Enlightenment French and German intellectual history, critical pedagogy, and creative writing. He is the author of two monographs – Teaching Double Negatives: Disadvantage and Dissent at Community College (Peter Lang, 2018) and The Indo-German Identification: Reconciling South Asian Origins and European Destinies (Camden House, 2010) – and two collections of creative nonfiction, fiction, and poetry – Elsewhen: Pieces (Paloma Press, 2019) and Close Apart: Poems (Paloma Press, 2018). For more information, see

Daniela D’Eugenio (2017) is Assistant Professor of Italian at the University of Arkansas.  Previously a Senior Lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Daniela D’Eugenio is currently Associate Professor of Italian at University of Arkansas. Her research interests focus on paremiology (study and analysis of proverbs) in Renaissance and Baroque literature, intersections between paleography and linguistics, relations between text and image, and pedagogy of foreign languages. She wrote articles on John Florio’s, Lionardo Salviati’s and Pompeo Sarnelli’s proverbs as well as on the use of proverbs in the foreign language class. She has been awarded fellowships at American and European archives and libraries, including Folger Shakespeare Library, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Herzog August Bibliothek, Houghton Library (Harvard University), Newberry Library, and The Morgan Library & Museum.

Recent Publications

  • “Italian Proverbs.” Italian Paleography, Newberry Library (first published online 2019)
  • “Fra Italia e Inghilterra: Considerazioni contestuali e linguistiche su proverbi e locuzioni proverbiali di Lionardo Salviati e John Florio.” “Acciò che ’l nostro dire sia ben chiaro.” Scritti per Nicoletta Maraschio. Firenze: Pubblicazioni dell’Accademia della Crusca, 2018: 383–93.
  • Un proverbio al giorno mette l’allegria intorno. Proverbi e tecnologie a incremento della competenza interculturale.” Italica. 95 4 (2018): 600–30.
  • Lengua che no’ la ’ntienne, e tu la caca. Irony and Hilarity of Neapolitan Paroemias in Pompeo Sarnelli’s Posilecheata (1684).” Humour in Italy Through the Ages, Part I of a Double Special Issue. International Studies in Humour. Nissan, Ephraim, ed. 5 1 (2016): 74–111.
  • “Lionardo Salviati and His Collection of Tuscan Proverbs: Philological Issues with Codex Cl. I 394.” Forum Italicum. 48 3 (2014): 495–521.

Giovanna DeLuca (2002) has begun a tenure-track appointment as an Assistant Professor of Italian at the College of Charleston (South Carolina). The position will also provide the opportunity for her to teach film studies.

Michael Demson (2009) has begun a tenure-track appointment asAssistant Professor in the Department of English at Sam Houston StateUniversity. He teaches courses on Romanticism and 19th centuryliterature and has published articles on Percy Bysshe Shelley.

Laura Di Bianco is an Assistant Professor of Italian Studies at Johns Hopkins University whose research and teaching interests lie at the intersection of Italian studies, film studies, women’s and gender studies, and environmental humanities. She has published articles in academic journals such as The Italianist Film (2020), and Film and Philosophy (2022), and contributed to edited volumes like Italian Women Filmmakers and the Gendered Screen (2013) and Radical Equalities. Global Feminist Filmmaking (2021). Her first book, Wandering Women. Urban Ecologies of Italian Feminist Filmmaking (Indiana University Press, 2023), investigates the work of contemporary Italian women directors from a feminist and ecocritical perspectives.
Supported by the Lauro De Bosis Fellowship at Harvard University, and the Johns Hopkins Catalyst Award, she is currently developing a second book project on Italian cinema and ecology: Crumbling Beauty: Italian Cinema in the Anthropocene. At Johns Hopkins, Laura teaches classes of Italian cinema, modern and contemporary Italian literature and ecocriticism, and she is the co-editor of the academic journal MLN (Modern Language Notes). 

Earl E. Fitz (1977) was very pleased to be honored with an Alumni Achievement Award from the Ph.D. Alumni Association at a Graduate Center reception in 2006. He enjoyed his visit and the opportunity to talk with Professor Aciman, Professor Coleman, and Professor Rabassa. Dr. Fitz is a professor of Portuguese, Spanish, and comparative literature at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, TN, and former director of the Comparative Literature Program. His most recent book is Translation and the Rise of Inter-American Literature (co-authored with Elizabeth Lowe, also a CUNY Comparative Literature Ph.D.). The book is dedicated to and includes a chapter about CUNY Distinguished Professor Gregory Rabassa. The book has been named an outstanding academic title by Choice: Current Reviews for Academic Libraries. Another recent book by Dr. Fitz is Brazilian Narrative Traditions in a Comparative Context, published by the Modern Language Association as the first book in a new series called "World Literatures Reimagined". Dr. Fitz, who has BA and MA degrees from the University of Iowa, was honored as a University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Science Alumni Fellow in 2006. He and his family have also been recognized as volunteers of the year (2007) by Gilda's Club Nashville, a free community resource for anyone affected by cancer.

Adam J. Goldwyn (2010) Adam J. Goldwyn is Associate Professor of Medieval Literature and Director of Graduate Studies in the Department of English at North Dakota State University, where he teaches a variety of courses including medieval literature and Critical Theory. He has held fellowships at the Swedish Academy in Athens (2013), Dumbarton Oaks (2016/17), and the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster (2019/20). A specialist in Byzantine Studies and medieval literature, Dr. Goldwyn has also published on international modernism and the avant-garde, Albanian literature (an interested he developed while teaching in Albania and Kosovo in 2009-11), and Classics and Classical reception (particularly Homer).

Recent Publications 

  • Byzantine Ecocriticism: Women, Nature, and Power in the Medieval Greek Romance. Palgrave-MacMillan, 2018.
  • Allegories of the Odyssey. John Tzetzes. Harvard University Press (co-translated with Dimitra Kokkini), 2019.
  • Allegories of the Iliad. ​John Tzetzes.Harvard University Press (co-translated with Dimitra Kokkini), 2015.
  • Reading the Late Byzantine Romance: A Handbook. Cambridge University Press (co-edited with Ingela Nilsson), 2019.
  • Brill’s Companion to the Reception of Classics in International Modernism and the Avant-Garde. Brill (co-edited with James Nikopoulos), 2017.

Anja Grothe (2000) works at Greenhouse, a multimedia publishing group in Munich, Germany, and is an adjunct lecturer at Bayreuth University. Her essay, "Fate's Circles: The Female Triangle and its Mythological Repercussions in Pushkin House," appeared in a web-based casebook, Andrei Bitov's "Pushkin House." Dalkey Archive Press,

Julia Heim (2017) is a lecturer of Italian studies at the University of Pennsylvania and a translator of queer theory, art criticism, and the children’s book series Geronimo Stilton.  She is a cofounder of Asterisk, a higher education LGBTQIA+ inclusivity task force, and her own research focuses on LGBTQIA+ representation in contemporary Italian television.

Recent Publications

  • Heim, Julia and Sole Anatrone, eds. Queering Italian Media. Maryland: Lexington Press (Febrary 2020).
  • Heim, Julia. “Italian LGBTQ representation in Transnational TV,” JICMS Vol. 8:2, (March 2020)
  • Heim, Julia and Sole Anatrone, “Why LGBTQIA+ Inclusivity Matters for Italian Studies,” in Diversity in Italian Studies, ed. A. Tamburri, New York: John D. Calandra (forthcoming)

Heather Brown-Hudson began as Assistant Professor of French and English in the Fall of 2010 at Lindenwood University in St. Louis, Missouri. She developed a Gender Studies minor in 2012, and is now Chair of the Gender Studies Department. In 2014, she was promoted to Associate Professor. Her scholarly pursuits have taken her to conferences around the world to speak about maternal discourse and the notion of instinct in 19th and 20th century literature. She also has an M.A. in French language and literature from Middlebury College (2000). 

Thelma Jurgrau (1976) has published "Anti-Semitism as Revealed in George Sand's Letters" in Le Siecle de George Sand. Ed. David Powell. Amsterdam: Rodopl, 1998. She presented two papers: " 'Shylock moderne': A Study of George Sand's Jewish Characters" at the 14th International George Sand Conference (Brandeis U, April 1999) and "The Changing Image of the Jew and George Sand's Rejection of the Romantic Subject in Valvedre," George Sand Studies, 21 (2002). She delivered a paper, "Les Mississipiens: George Sand's Allegory of a Bleak New World," at Tulane University, November 2002. A founding member of the George Sand Association and a member of the editorial board of George Sand Studies, she was guest editor of vols. 18 (1999) and 19 (2000) of George Sand Studies. Her bibliography of "Translations of George Sand's Work in English" can be seen on the George Sandwebsite.

Nataliya Karageorgos (2019) is Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Department of Russian, East-European, and Eurasian Studies at Wesleyan University.  She is working on her book manuscript, Forbidden Attraction: Russian Poets Read T. S. Eliot during the Cold War. Her scholarly interests include Russian, French, and Anglo-American poetry, theory of the lyric, links between Russian and postcolonial literature, Modernism, Postmodernism, and Cold War studies. 

Recent Publications

  • “‘A List of Some Observations’: The Theory and Practice of Depersonalization in T. S. Eliot and Joseph Brodsky.”  Slavic and East European Journal, vol. 63, no.3 (Fall 2019), pp. 408–430

Charlotte Kent (2014) Charlotte Kent is Assistant Professor of Visual Cultures at Montclair State University. As a visual culture theorist, she brings interdisciplinary approaches to contemporary art and cultural artefacts. With a background in aesthetics and the history of ideas, as well as deconstruction and narrative theory, she analyzes the power structures surrounding the discourse of art. She challenges the way an idea institutes itself as the primary approach and cordons off other avenues of experience; by gathering oppositional orientations, she examines what opportunities they reveal and challenges they present. Disrupting established contexts brought her to the work of cultural studies, particularly Raymond Williams’ notion of structures of feeling. She looks at the 1970s as a pivot into our neoliberal, post-capitalist contemporary, to better understand the shift into a new set of politics framed as an age of instantaneous information. 

Recent Publications

Henry Krawitz (1976) is a professional editor. He has recently edited books for ABC-CLIO, Columbia U Press, Dahesh Museum of Art, Indiana U Press, Johns Hopkins U Press, U Kansas Press, Oxford U Press, Princeton U Press, and U Wisconsin Press.

Adele Kudish (2012) Adele is Associate Professor of English, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY. 
She graduated with a Ph.D. from the CUNY Graduate Center Comparative Literature department in 2012, with a specialization in 17th and 18th century French and English prose fiction. She also completed the Renaissance Studies Certificate program. Since then she has taught composition and world and European literature courses at BMCC. Her first book, The European Roman d'Analyse: Unconsummated Love Stories from Boccaccio to Stendhal appeared in January 2020 from Bloomsbury Academic. 
Recent publications 

  • “'Selling Themselves Piecemeal’: The Economics of Beauty and Power in The Ladies’ Paradise and The House of Mirth.” In The Routledge Companion to Fashion Studies. Eds. Veronica Manlow, Eugenia Paulicelli, and Elizabeth Wissinger. London and New York: Routledge, publication date TBD.
  • The European Roman d’Analyse: Epistemology and the Unconsummated Love Story from Boccaccio to Stendhal. London and New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2020. 
  •  “’[La] plus jolie [de] toutes celles qui avaient jamais été écrites’: Madame de Thémines’s Letter as Proto-Psychological Fiction in La Princesse de Clèves,” The French Review 91.3 (2018), 56-69.
  • “’Lost in a Sort of Wilderness’: The Epistemology of Love in Sir Charles Grandison.” Studies in Philology 114:2 (2017), 426-445.
  • “John Lyly’s Anatomy of Wit as an Example of Early Modern Psychological Fiction,” Cerae: An Australasian Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies Issue 3, 2016, 18 pages. 

James Kugel (1977), Harry Starr Professor of Classical Modern Jewish and Hebrew Literature at Harvard University, won the Grawemeyer Award in Religion for 2001 for his book, The Bible As It Was: Biblical Traditions of Late Antiquity (Harvard U Press, 1997). In 2002 he was awarded the Graduate Center's first Distinguished Alumni Award.

Maria Makowiecka (1996) presented two papers: "Rewriting Esther/Reinscribing Jewish Otherness" AATSEEL, New Orleans, December 2001, and "Rewriting Central European Identities -- Maria Nurowska's German Dance," SCMLA, Tulsa, November 2001. She prepared these presentations during her appointment to the New York Public Library's Wertheim Study.

Bradford Masoni (2017) works as Senior Managing Editor at Dreamscape Marketing.  He is an author and translator who specializes in literary modernism, with an emphasis on the transition from the many schools of nineteenth-century literary realism into modernism. He has published and presented on numerous authors, including Giovanni Verga, Ernst Mach, Emile Zola, Luigi Pirandello, Friedrich Nietzsche, Eugene Ionesco, and Vincenzo Consolo, as well on literary modernism at large. He holds a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Chicago, and a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center, CUNY. His first scholarly book, Pirandello Proto-Modernist: A New Reading of L’esclusa, was published in May 2019 by Peter Lang Oxford. He currently lives and works as a writer and editor in Baltimore, Maryland.

Recent Publications

  • "Pirandello as Proto-Modernist Narrator" (interview with Lisa Sarti).The Journal of the Pirandello Society of America, Volume XXXII, 2019.
  • Pirandello Proto-Modernist: A New Reading of L'esclusa. Peter Lang Oxford, 2019.
  • "Journal of Italian Translation, Ed. Luigi Bonaffini" (book review). Annali d'Italianistica, Volume 37, 2019.

Krystyna Michael (2017) is Assistant Professor of English at the City University of New York, Hostos Community College. Her current book project, The Urban Domestic: Homosocial Domesticity in the Literature and Culture of 19th- and 20th-Century New York City, explores the relationship between transformations in urban planning and domestic ideology through American literature of the city. She is on the development team for Manifold, an Andrew W. Mellon funded digital publishing platform. She is also a member of the editorial collective of The Journal of Instructional Technology and Pedagogy and has published articles and reviews in The Edith Wharton Review, The Journal of American Studies, and Postmedieval. Krystyna teaches courses about American literature and writing, the digital humanities, and architecture and city space. 

Jay Miskowiec (1991), Director of Aliform Publishing Co., was one of 10 editors specializing in Latin American literature in translation chosen worldwide to attend a week-long symposium in Buenos Aires, Fundación Teoría y Practica de las Artes. He has edited and published two translations by his former dissertation supervisor Gregory Rabassa: My Kingdom Is Not of This World, by the Portuguese writer Joao de Melo, and Jail, by the Colombian writer Jesus Zarate.

Filippa Modesto, Ph.D. Filippa Modesto obtained a Ph.D in Comparative Literature, with a specialization in Italian Literature, from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. The title of her doctoral thesis was, “Dante’s Transmutation of Classical Friendship.”  She is the author of Dante’s Idea of Friendship: The Transformation of a Classical Concept, published by the University of Toronto Press (2015). The Italian translation was published by Aracne, collana Dante nel Mondo (March 2018). Her work has appeared in La Rivista di Studi Italiani, The Sixteenth century Journal, The Cincinnati Romance Review, Merope, and the Journal of Italian Translation. She has presented papers and organized sessions at national and international conferences such as, the AATI, the AAIS, MLA, NEMLA, and The International Conference on Medieval International Conference. She is a full-time Professor of English and Humanities at Berkeley College, NYC, where she served as Department Chair (2017-2020). She also teaches Italian at Brooklyn College, CUNY. 



  • Il Concetto di Amicizia in Dante: La Trasformazione di Un Concetto Classico, Aracne Editrice, Collana Dante Nel Mondo (March, 2019). 
  • Dante’s Idea of Friendship: The Transformation of a Classical Concept. University of Toronto Press, October 20, 2015.  


  • Inferno X: The Dialectics of Poetry, Politics, Love, and Friendship,” Merope, Anno XXXI, n. 74, July 2021, pp. 45-59.
  • “Virgil: Verbum, Silence, Sacrifice,” Rivista di Studi Italiani, Anno XXXVIII, n. 2, August 2020, pp. 32-41. 
  • “Ulysses: a Philosopher ‘Per Accidente,’” Rivista di Studi Italiani, Anno XXXVII, n. 2, August 2019, pp. 1-12. 
  • “Humor, Appearance and Reality in Pirandello,” Rivista di Studi Italiani, Anno XXXV, n. 2, August 2017, pp. 45-56.          
  • “Friendship in Inferno II,” The Cincinnati Romance Review, 28 (2009): 106-18.  

Book Reviews

  • Snyder, Jon. Trans. Love in the Mirror. Toronto: Iter Inc., 2009. The Sixteen Century Journal. (Summer 2011). 
  • Lombardo, Stanley. Trans. Inferno. Indianapolis and Cambridge: Hackett Publishing Co., 2009. Journal of Italian Translation. Volume V, No. II (Fall 2010): 253-55. 
  • Hollander, Robert, and Jean Hollander. Trans. The Inferno. New York: Doubleday, 2000. Journal of Italian Translation, Vol. I, No. I (Spring 2006): 298-99. 
  • ___Translators. Purgatorio. New York: Doubleday, 2003. Journal of Italian Translation, Vol. I, No. I (Spring 2006): 299-300.


  • John, Link. Elliot Carter: a Guide to Research. New York: Garland Publishing, 2000. 

Drew Moore (2010) has taught in the Classics Department at Brooklyn College—CUNY, and in the Department of English and Philosophy at the United States Military Academy, West Point. He is working on Caught in the Crossfire, the first English translation of St. John de Crèvecoeur's New York City prison letters. He is also a writer, filmmaker and actor. He recently published "Why Genealogy?" (Fortnightly Review), which illuminates the challenges and rewards of searching for one's ancestors. His short film and companion essay, "A Neighborhood Reborn: Life in Lower Manhattan 10 Years After 9/11," are featured in the Artists Registry at the National September 11 Memorial Museum.

Rose Anna Mueller (1977) has published "Antonia Pulci (1452-1501)" in Catholic Women Writers: A Bio-Bibliographical Sourcebook. ed. Mary R. Reichardt, Greenwood Press, 2001. Her article "From Cult to Comics: The Representation of Gonzalo Guerrero as a Cultural Hero in Mexican Popular Culture" appeared in A Twice-Told Tale: Reinventing the Encounter in Iberian/Iberian American Literature and Film, ed. Santiago Juan-Navarro, U of Delaware Press, 2001. Another article of hers, "La Llorona, The Weeping Woman: The Sixth Portent, the Third Legend," was published in COMMUNITY COLLEGE HUMANITIES REVIEW, 2001. She presented a paper at the Latin American Studies Association Conference in Washington, D.C., September 2001, "Petra's Kingdom: The Cellar of the House on the Lagoon."

Elizabeth Pallitto (2002) was a postdoctoral fellow at the CUNY Honors College program (College of Staten Island, CUNY). Among her recent lectures are "Philomela's Tongue: Translating Petrarchism in a Female Voice," Biennial Conference on Literary Translation, Stevens Institute of Technology, Hoboken, NJ; "Embodied Souls, Immortal Poems: Procreation and Artistic Creation in the Rime of Tullia d'Aragona and the Sonnets of William Shakespeare," Group for Early Modern Cultural Studies Conference, UC Irvine; "Machiavelli: Beyond Might Makes Right," Stern School of Business, New York University. She co-chaired a workshop, "The Dialogue as Structure and Strategy in Court and Convent Attending to Early Modern Women," at the Center for Renaissance and Baroque Studies, U of Maryland, College Park, MD. She has published translations: four poems by Tullia d'Aragona, Forum Italicum, 36, 1 (Spring 2002); eleven philosophical madrigals by Tommaso Campanella, Philosophical Forum (Fall 2002). She delivered a paper at the Annual Conference of the Renaissance Society of America (April 2004): "Early Modern Italian Women Reading."

Santiago Parga Linares (2017) is Adjunct Professor of Literature in Los Andes University in Bogotá, Colombia.  His work explores the limits of autobiographical fiction and non-fiction, especially in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries in Italy, Latin America and the United States. He is particularly interested in texts that are not outwardly autobiographical but display evident autobiographical attitudes.

Recent Publications

  • Santiago Parga Linares (2020) Proustian curiosity and the archive: Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, DOI: 10.1080/21504857.2020.1782448

Jeffrey Peer (2019) is an adjunct assistant lecturer of Spanish at the College of Staten Island and a project editor with Turtle Point Press. His research investigates literary journalism and creative nonfiction, with a focus on digital journalism, new media, and contemporary crónica from Latin America. He was a Fulbright Fellow in Mexico in 2015, where he studied urban chronicles of Mexico City. 

Recent Publications

  • “They Won't Take Me Alive: Feminist Histories and Literary Journalism in El Salvador.” Displaced: Migration, Indigeneity, and Trauma. Ed. Kate Rose. Routledge, 2020. 
  • “Hot Spinsters: Revisiting Barbara Pym’s Virtuous Style.” Journal of Modern Literature, Spring 2021.
  • “The Uncomfortables: The El Faro Generation and Salvadoran Crónica” Routledge Companion to World Literary Journalism. Eds. John Bak and William Reynolds. Routledge, 2022.

John Pendergast (2015) John Pendergast is the Head Academic Counselor for the Department of Foreign Languages and Russian Program Director at West Point – the United States Military Academy, where he began teaching in 2002 while still serving as a Military Intelligence officer in the Army. He holds a BA in Music from Birmingham-Southern College and an MA in Russian and Slavic Languages from the University of Arizona. Upon retirement after 27 years in the Army, he earned an MPhil and PhD in Comparative Literature at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. His research profile encompasses music and letters of 19th and 20th century Germany and Russia.

Recent Publications

  • Joan of Arc on the Stage and Her Sisters in Sublime Sanctity, Palgrave-MacMillan, 2019.
  • The Tchaikovsky Papers: Unlocking the Family Archive (Ed. Marina Kostalevsky). Book review. Slavic and East European Journal 63.2 (Summer 2019) with Maggin, Sherry and Julia Praud.
  • “Enhancing the Foreign Language Classroom through Community-Based Learning.” Teaching and Learning the West Point Way. New York: Routledge (accepted for publication)
  • “The Maid of the Highlands: Joan of Arc as Reflected in West Point Iconography” in The Hudson River Valley Review 35.1 (Autumn 2018).
  • Sergei Prokofiev’s Alexander Nevsky (Kevin Bartig). Book review. Slavic and East European Journal 62.4 (Winter 2018)  

Mike Phillips (2018) is Clinical Assistant Professor of Media Studies at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. His current book project, Analog Echoes, examines the capacity of popular cinema to engage historical consciousness by rejuvenating obsolete media techniques and technologies. His work has appeared in the anthology Documenting the Black Experience and the journals Americana and Orbit. He previously taught film and media studies at Brooklyn College, Purchase College, and the College of Staten Island.

Recent Publications

  • “Through a Tube, Darkly: Critical Intermediality in High and Low (1963).” Crime Fiction Studies, vol. 2, no. 1, forthcoming.
  • “West by Northeast: The Western in Brazil, 1953-1969.” Transnationalism and Imperialism: New Perspectives on the Western, edited by Hervé Mayer and David Roche, Indiana University Press, forthcoming.
  • A Man Called Horse: Western Melodrama and Southern Gothic.” Americana: The Journal of American Popular Culture, 1900 to Present, vol. 19, no. 2, Fall 2020,
  • “Nose-Gaping: The Smells of Mason & Dixon.” Orbit: A Journal of American Literature, vol. 7, no. 1, 2019, doi:10.16995/orbit.768.

Karen Pinkus (1990) is Professor of French, Italian, and Comparative Literature and chair of the Department of French and Italian at the University of Southern California. She published The Montesi Scandal. The Death of Wilma Montesi and the Birth of the Paparazzi in Fellini's Rome (U Chicago Press 2003). She also gave the keynote speech in London at the Association for the Study of Modern Italy.

Stefania Porcelli (2018) is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Hunter College.  She holds a Dottorato di Ricerca from Sapienza University of Rome and a Ph.D. from the Comparative Literature Program (Italian Specialization) at the Graduate Center, CUNY, where she defended a dissertation entitled Narrating Intensity: History and Emotions is Elsa Morante, Goliarda Sapienza and Elena Ferrante. Interdisciplinary in nature, her research focuses on women writers and on the intersection between literature, history and politics. Her Italian doctoral dissertation, which she defended in 2008, is a comparative study of 20th-century wartime novels, and includes chapters on Elizabeth Bowen, Christa Wolf and Elsa Morante. Later, she decided to continue working on women’s position in history and on propaganda, expanding her inquiry to the fields of history of emotions and affect theory. Her dissertation, Narrating Intensity, which was awarded an Altman Foundation Dissertation Fellowship, analyzes three Italian novels and the narrative strategies they employ to create “moments of intensity.” By this term she mean disruptions in the narrative that signal the characters’ heightened perception of time and history. Her work exposes the continuities between two historical sagas written in the 1960s and the 1970s (La Storia by Elsa Morante and L’arte della gioia by Goliarda Sapienza), and L’amica geniale by Elena Ferrante. After teaching in Italy and in Germany, she has taught Italian Language, Culture and Literature at all levels, from beginner to advanced, in several colleges in the city of New York, including Queens College and Hunter College (CUNY), NYU and the Fashion Institute of Technology (SUNY). Her e-portfolio is available at

Recent Publications

  • “‘As if he wanted to murder her’: Fear and Anger in La Storia’s Rape Scene,” Close Encounters in War 1, special issue: Close Encounters in Irregular and Asymmetric Warfare, ed. Simona Tobia and Gianluca Cinelli (2018): 65-81.
  • “Shakespeare’s Exceptional Violence: Reading Titus Andronicus with Hannah Arendt and Giorgio Agamben,” Analyses/Rereadings/Theories 4.1 (2016): 43-52.
  • “Elizabeth Bowen’s Wavering Attitude towards WWII Propaganda,” in Propaganda and Rhetoric in Democracy: History, Theory, Analysis, ed. Gae Lyn Henderson and Mary J. Braun, Chicago, Southern Illinois University Press, 2016, pp. 96-117.
  • “Lo scandalo della Storia e il romanzo storico: Elsa Morante,” in Asimmetrie Letterarie, ed. Donatella Montini, Rome, Edizioni Nuova Cultura, 2013, pp. 103-131
  • Book Reviews
  • Alberica Bazzoni, Writing for FreedomBody, Identity and Power in Goliarda Sapienza’s Narrative, Oxford, Peter Lang, 2018, in Gender/Sexuality/Italy 6 (2019): 252-254.
  • Simona Storchi, Marina Spunta, Maria Morelli, eds., Women and the Public Sphere in Modern and Contemporary Italy. Essays for Sharon Wood, Leicester, UK, Troubador Publishing Ltd, 2017, in Forum Italicum 53.1 (May 2019): 187-188.
  • A book by Johanna C. Prins (1987) Medieval Dutch Drama: Four Secular Plays and Four Farces from the Van Hulthem Manuscript, was published by Pegasus Press (Asheville, NC). It is volume 3 in the series, Early European Drama in Translation.

Patrick Reilly (2011) Patrick Reilly, an adjunct associate professor, teaches in the English Department at Baruch College, CUNY. He has published essays on the Marquis de Sade, Albert Camus, Alessandro Manzoni and, most recently, James Joyce. Currently, in addition to working on Joyce’s Pomes Penyeach, he is exploring the linkage of planetary activity to outbreaks of plague in medieval and Renaissance texts: a kind of prequel to his book Bills of Mortality: Disease and Destiny in Plague Literature from Early Modern to Postmodern Times (Peter Lang, 2015). Also a singer, he recorded Joyce’s Chamber Music with the Joyce scholar, Myra Russel at CUNY, Graduate Center, in 1998. A biographical essay, “The House in Paris,” is currently under consideration for publication in a literary periodical. His review of David Norris’s recording of selections from Finnegans Wake is featured in the latest edition of The James Joyce Supplement (Spring 2020).

Recent Publications

  • “Love’s Old Sweet Songs: How Music Scores Memory in the ‘Sirens’ and ‘Penelope’ Episodes in Ulysses”, James Joyce Studies Annual (2019). 
  • “Greenpiece: Mining the Text of Finnegans Wake for Emerald L(ore)” will appear in the 2020 James Joyce Studies Annual.

Flavio Rizzo (2012) Flavio Rizzo is the current Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair at Champlain College, where he teaches Interdisciplinary Studies and Film Studies. Previously he was an Assistant Professor in the Center for Global Communication Strategies at the University of Tokyo where he was part of its faculty in the Japan in East Asia Program. Flavio is also a writer and filmmaker. Among other works, he has a documentary on Pier Paolo Pasolini (recognized with the Cinema Avvenire Award during the 53rd Venice Film Festival) and a documentary on the Coca Wars in Bolivia. His research is currently focusing on cinematic and literary representations of seclusion; it concentrates on exploring contemporary forms of seclusion by putting the radical act of retreating from the world into the larger context of contemporary hyper-connectivity, networked and narcissistic digital narratives, and both commercially motivated and sincere forms of neo-spiritualism.
Recent Publications

  • “Re-inventing Isolation: Imagining the Other in Seclusion”, Otherness: Essays and Studies, Centre for Studies of Otherness Aarhus University (2021).
  • “Unlocking Hikikomori: an Interdisciplinary Approach” Journal of Youth Studies, Volume 22, No 06, Taylor&Francis, co-author (2019).
  • “Migrant Crisis: One Day We Will Have a Language for This” Africa is a Country, May 2nd (2018).
  • “Hikikomori: the Postmodern Hermits of Japan” Warscapes, June 14th (2016).
  • “Student-Centered Teaching: Writing Through Passion”, Komaba Journal of English Education, Volume 7, University of Tokyo, co-author (2016).

Remy Roussetzki (1999) is an Assistant Professor of English at Hostos Community College, CUNY; he has recently been appointed to the faculty of the Graduate Center's Ph.D. Program in French. His article, "When Eve Answers Back: The Impossible of Paradise Lost," was published in Zeitspruenge, Zentrum zur Erforschung der Fruehen Neuzeit (Johann Wolfgant Goethe Universitaet, Frankfurt). He presented a paper on Milton's Paradise Lost, "Cuando Eva Dija 'No' a Dios y al Demonio," at the Jornadas da Escola de Causa Analitica (Rio De Janeiro) and an article on Rabelais, "Visual Grotesque and Denial of Castration," at the Sixteenth Century Studies Conference (Cleveland).

Abraham Rubin (2014) Abraham Rubin is a postdoctoral fellow in the Martin Buber Society of Fellows at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem. He holds a PhD in Comparative Literature from the City University of New York (2014). His work on early twentieth-century German-Jewish literature and thought has appeared in such journals as Literature & Theology, The Jewish Quarterly Review, and Jewish Social Studies. Before coming to the Hebrew University, he held postdoctoral positions at Lawrence University (2014-2016) and Goethe University Frankfurt (2016-2018). His research has been supported by the Mellon Foundation, the Fulbright Program, the Memorial Foundation for Jewish Culture, and the Center for Jewish Law at the Cardozo School of Law. He has held visiting researcher fellowships at Cornell University (DAAD Faculty Summer Seminar in German Studies, 2016), The Center for Literary and Cultural Research in Berlin (ZfL, 2012-13), and the Berlin Social Science Research Center (WZB, 2011).
Recent Publications

  • “Zionism, Pan-Asianism and the Post-Colonial Predicament in the Interwar Writings of Eugen Hoeflich” (forthcoming in AJS Review)
  • “Hugo Hamid Marcus (1880-1966): The Muslim Convert as German Jew.”
  • The Jewish Quarterly Review Vol. 109.4, 2019 (pp. 598-630)
  • “Muslim Identity on the Suburban Frontier: The American Jewish Context of Maryam Jameelah’s Conversion.” Journal of Jewish Identities Vol. 12.2, 2019 (pp. 125-148)
  • “Jewish Self-Affirmation out of the Sources of Christian Supersessionism: Margarete Susman’s The Book of Job and the Fate of the Jewish People.” Jewish Studies Quarterly Vol. 24, 2017 (pp. 168-193)
  • “Reading Kafka, Debating Revelation: Gershom Scholem’s Shadow Dialogue with Hans-Joachim Schoeps.” Literature and Theology Vol. 31.1, 2017 (pp. 78-98)

Caroline Rupprecht (1999 Ph.D.), Associate Professor of Comparative Literature at Queens, is the author of SUBJECT TO DELUSIONS: NARCISSISM, MODERNISM, GENDER (Northwestern UP, 2006); and DARK SPRING BY UNICA ZUERN (Exact Change, 2000). She has published many articles on 20th century German and French literature and film; and is currently writing about Japanese-German writer Yoko Tawada. Her book manuscript, WOMB FANTASIES: SUBJECTIVE ARCHITECTURES IN POSTMODERN LITERATURE AND FILM, is under review at Northwestern UP. She has also taught German Modernism and Romanticism at the Graduate Center.

Deborah Sinnreich-Levi (1987) is an Associate Professor of English Literature and Director of the Writing Program at the Stevens Institute of Technology (Hoboken, NJ). She has co-edited and translated Selected Poetry of Eustache Deschamps (New York: Routledge, 2003). She gave two invited lectures: "WIT-Word, Image, Text: A 14th Century Filter," Keynote address, Conference to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Master of Arts in English Literature, Mercy College, November 2003; "The King of the Uglies: Eustache Deschamps, 14th-Century Courtier-Poet," Wake Forest University Medieval Studies Group, March 2003. She received a major grant for a database of the poetry of Eustache Deschamps.

A book by Ekaterina Sukhanova (2001), Voicing the Distant: Shakespeare and Russian Modernist Poetry, was published by Fairleigh Dickinson U Press (2004). Her article, "Conscience Shaping Phenomena: Literature and Depression," has appeared (in a Spanish translation) in Vertex, Revista Argentina de Psiquiatría. XX/44 (June-July-August 2001). Her review of a book on authenticity and fiction in the Russian literary journey was published by American Book Review. 22/4, (May-June 2001). She presented two papers: "Depression as Text." Fifth World Conference on Depression. Mendoza, Argentina. September 2003; "Escaping the Badger Hole: Russian Modernists' Approach to Tradition." AAASS Mid-Atlantic Slavic Conference, Hunter College, New York, March 2003. She has edited a web-based casebook, Andrei Bitov's PUSHKIN HOUSE, Dalkey Archive Press, available at

Agata Szczodrak (2017) is a Data Engineer at Amazon Web Services (via Aditi Consulting LLC). After graduation, Agata moved to Silicon Valley to program voice assistants at Google. She developed over a hundred twenty intents (applications) for phones, cars, and smart home appliances. Her work includes the interpretation mode, alarm and timer options, and making phone calls through voice commands. At Amazon, Agata is working on Automated Speech Recognition for fifteen languages. She continues to expand her skills in Deep Learning and Natural Language Processing.

Recent Publications

Julia Titus (2018) is Senior Lector II in the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures at Yale University where she has been teaching courses in language and literature in Russian.  Educated in Europe and the United States, she holds an M.A. in literary criticism cum laude from Moscow State University in Moscow, Russia, an M.A. in Russian and East European Studies from Yale and a Ph.D. in comparative literature from the Graduate Center at CUNY. Her research interests focus on the comparative study of French and Russian literature, translingual authors, translation theory, and heritage language studies. Her current project investigates the interrelationship of music and literature, and she is preparing an edited volume of essays on this subject.  Her monograph Dostoevsky as a Translator of Balzac is forthcoming from Academic Studies Press.  She has presented many papers and organized panels at various international conferences, including MLA, ASEEES, and ACTFL among others and published articles in national peer-reviewed journals. For the last several years she has been active at NeMLA as a panel organizer and a presenter in the Comparative Literature Area of Inquiry. Her panels and presentations have centered on the interdisciplinary study of music and literature and literary translation. She is the editor and annotator of two readers for students of Russian, “The Meek One”: A Fantastic Story (on Dostoevsky’s short story) (Yale UP, 2012), and Poetry Reader for Russian Learners (Yale UP, 2015), both of which have been nominated for the best contribution to language pedagogy by AATSEEL. 

Recent Publications

  • "Dostoevsky as a Translator of Balzac" forthcoming from Academic Studies Press in 2021 
  • in progress: edited volume of essays "Music in Literature" 

Christopher R. Trogan (2009) is Assistant Professor of Humanities atthe United States Merchant Marine Academy in Kings Point, New York andan Adjunct Lecturer at New York University's Gallatin School forIndividualized Study. He teaches comparative literature andphilosophy. In September 2009, he presented at "Aesthetics andModernity from Schiller to Marcuse," a conference sponsored by theInstitute of Germanic and Romance Studies, University of London. Heis currently at work on a book based on his dissertation, FreedomTurned Against Itself: Studies in the Literature of Suicide.

Kristina Varade (2012) Kristina Varade is an Associate Professor of Modern Languages at BMCC, CUNY and is currently a Visiting Research Fellow at University College, Dublin’s Humanities Institute. Her scholarship includes contemporary fiction from Italy and Ireland, Italian Cultural/Film Studies and Anglo-Irish travel writing concerning Italy. She has published in Annali d’Italianistica, Forum Italicum, Irish Studies Review, New Hibernia Review, etc. Among Dr. Varade’s most recent publications is a book chapter on the cellphone in Italian fiction in the volume, Posthumanism in Italian Literature and Film (Palgrave, 2020) and a chapter regarding consumer culture and the fragmented subject in Patrick McCabe’s Ireland (Rodopi, 2018). Dr. Varade has been awarded additional research fellowships at Trinity College, Dublin’s Long Room Hub and at Marsh’s Library, Dublin in 2020 for her interdisciplinary research.

Recent Publications

  • Money Can’t Buy Me…?” Health and Wealth in Nineteenth-Century Anglo-Irish Fiction  and Memoir.” Happiness in Nineteenth-Century Ireland (Mary Hatfield, Ed.). Liverpool  University Press. Autumn 2020. (Book Chapter). Pp. TBD. 
  • “Ancora non raggiungibile: Mobile Phones and the Fragmented Subject in Italian Fiction.”  Posthuman Boundaries and Identity in Italian Literature and Film: Boundaries and  Identity (Enrica Maria Ferrara, Ed.). Palgrave Macmillan. July, 2020 (Book Chapter).  Pp. 141-162 
  • “Interview with Borough of Manhattan Community College Faculty Members and  Higher Administrators in Languages” (Berg, Enrico, Donaso Macaya, Marínez, Varade). ADFL Bulletin, Vol. 46, No. 1 (2020). June, 2020. Pp. 106-113. 
  • “It Ain’t Like the Old Place Anymore’: Contemporary Ireland and the Postmodern,  Fragmented Individual in the Fiction of Patrick McCabe.” In Patrick McCabe’s Ireland:  The Butcher Boy, Breakfast on Pluto and Winterwood (Jennifer Keating, Ed.)Brill/Rodopi Press. Winter 2018. (Book Chapter). Pp. 140-163. 
  • Review of Ireland, Reading and Cultural Nationalism, 1790-1930: Bringing the Nation to  Book by Andrew Murphy. Irish Studies Review. Vol. 26:3. May 2018. Pp. 415-418.

Saundra Tara Weiss holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She is an Associate Professor of English at Kingsborough Community College, where she teaches developmental writing and a variety of literature courses. She also serves as the Associate Academic Director/ESL of the Reading and Writing Center and is the College Now ESL Coordinator. She is co-founder of Kingsborough's Annual Award Winning Eco-Festival. In 2004, she was a recipient of a Kingsborough Scholarly and Applied Research Grant. She has presented papers at the Modern Language Association, the International Society for Phenomenology, the Fine Arts and Aesthetics Annual Conference, and the International Society for Phenomenology and Literature. She has also presented papers at the Mid-Atlantic Popular/American Culture Association Conferences, where she also serves as Area Chair of Environment and Culture. In 2009, she co-authored a book chapter for International Students. She has been published in Teaching English in the Two-Year College, Phenomenological Inquiry (Aesthetics and Art), and The Mid-Atlantic Almanack. In the latter two journals, her pieces focus on environmental themes in images of the American landscape. Her paper Passion's Delirium, Passion's Torment – A Discussion of One Woman's Arousal in Kate Chopin's The Awakening will be published in a forthcoming volume of Analecta Husserliana. In 2009, she was invited to facilitate a program, Reading Between the Lines: Wasting Away: Contemporary Writing on the Environmental Crises, sponsored by The New York Council for the Humanities.

Victor Xavier Zarour Zarzar (2019) is a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Comparative Literature at The Graduate Center, CUNY. His research focuses on narrative theory and the works of Elena Ferrante. His work has been published in journals including Modern Language Notes, Journal of Narrative Theory, and Contemporary Women’s Writing. He is managing editor of the journal gender/sexuality/italy.

Recent Publications

  • California Italian Studies, Volume 10, Issue 1, 2021 (forthcoming) “Lila Unbound: Critical Negativity and Entropy in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels”
  • Modern Language Review, Volume 116, Issue 3, 2021 (forthcoming)
  • “An Alternative Geometry: L’amica geniale and the Bildungsroman
  • Journal of Narrative Theory, Volume 50, Issue 2, 2020
  • “Bad Blood: On Culpability and a Metabolic Approach to Elena Ferrante’s L’amica geniale
  • Modern Language Notes, Volume 135, Issue 1, 2020
  • “The Grammar of Abandonment in I giorni dell’abbandono
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2019
  • “Bumping into the Novelistic Scaffolding: Narrative Structure in Elena Ferrante’s Neapolitan Novels”
  • Dickens Quarterly, Volume 36, No. 4, 2019
  • “Authoring Desire: Great Expectations and the Bildungsroman
  • NeMLA Italian Studies, Volume XL, Issue 1, 2019
  • “A Strange Geometry: On the Poetry of Moira Egan”

Book Reviews

  • Asymptote, 2020
  • “Review of Nadia Terranova’s Farewell, Ghosts
  • World Literature Today, Autumn Issue, 2020 (forthcoming)
  • “Review of The Ferrante Letters
  • Asymptopte, 2020
  • “The past is anything but”: On Elena Ferrante’s The Lying Life of Adults
  • Contemporary Women’s Writing, Volume 13, Issue 2, 2019
  • “Review of Nancy K. Miller’s My Brilliant Friends: Our Lives in Feminism
  • gender/sexuality/italy, Volume 5, 2018
  • Review of Lisa Mullenneaux’s Naples Little Girls

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