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Deborah Tennen

portrait: Justin Calles
Contact: 

dtennen@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances

Deb Tennen completed her MA at Middlebury College and is now in her fifth year as a PhD candidate at Stanford.  Her research focuses on gender identity in early modern Italian paratexts, specifically dedications of sixteenth-century works.  She is passionate about teaching, and has worked as the coordinator of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) workshop at the Humanities Center and the Renaissances Focal Group of the DLCL.

Awards:

2011 Centennial TA teaching award (Humanities and Sciences)

Education: 

B.A., Middlebury College (Italian and Religion). Thesis: "Italian Jewish Women in Ottava Rima: A Translation and Analysis of Mordecai Dato’s Sixteenth-Century Retelling of Megillat Ester."

M.A., Middlebury College School in Italy / Universita` di Firenze (Italian Literature). Thesis: "The flourishing of feminine culture in the Jewish Ghetto: an analysis of the poetry of Debora Ascarelli and Sara Copio Sullam" (in Italian).

Language(s): 
Italian
Language(s): 
Spanish

Lena Tahmassian

portrait: Lena Tahmassian
Contact: 

lenat@stanford.edu

Lena's research focuses on 20th and 21st Century Iberian cultures. She is currently interested in the (sub)cultural climate and politics of the Spanish Transition as well as political violence and its representations in a variety of discourses both under the Franco dictatorship and in its absence. She has taught both Spanish and Catalan languages at Stanford. 

 

Publications:

"Carl Schmitt and the Basque Conflict: From the Design of Francoism to Spanish Democracy." Journal of Spanish Cultural Studies 13.1: 59-81.

 

Conference Papers:

"The Homogenizing Gaze: Barcelona Tourism, National Identity, and the State." XV Forum for Iberian Studies, National Identities at the Intersection: Literature and Visual Media. Faculty of Medieval and Modern Languages, Oxford University, Oxford, UK. June 20-22, 2012. 

Education: 

(2008) B.A., Arizona State University, Spanish.  

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Spanish

Lisa Ann Villarreal

portrait: Isaac Bleaman
Curriculum Vitae: 

Lisa Ann Villarreal completed her Ph.D. this Fall in Comparative Literature at Stanford. She received her B.A., magna cum laude, from the Loyola University Chicago Honors College in 2005, with majors in French, English, International Studies, and Philosophy, along with minors in Comparative Literature and Women's Studies.  She has also studied German at the Humboldt Universität zu Berlin in 2006 and attended the School of Criticism and Theory at Cornell University in 2009. Her research focuses on fiction of the francophone, anglophone, and germanophone traditions from the late-nineteenth through the twenty-first centuries, especially Surrealism, minimalism, gothic literature, the fantastic and the uncanny. She is also interested in film and film studies, particularly Weimar and classical Hollywood cinema. Her approach to literary texts is a political aesthetics that draws on phenomenology, Marxism, and post-structuralism.

Dissertation:

The Subject and Matter: The Body and the Space of Narration in Early-Twentieth-Century Literature interrogates the literary work’s capacity to engage the body of the reader, exploring the intersection of narrative representations of the visual and tactile experience of being-in-space and the work’s engagement with its own material dimensions as text, page, and book. Exploring the question of how the material presence of the book inflects the experience of reading, the project examines the use of elements of textual organization such as enjambment, punctuation, paragraph breaks, juxtaposition, and graphic elements in the works of the French Surrealists, Céline, Beckett, and Hemingway.

Committee Members: 

H.U. Gumbrecht (principal advisor), David Palumbo-Liu, Laura Wittman

Publications:

  • "'Là bas où sa race était née': Colonial Anxieties and the Fantasy of the Native Body in Maupassant's Le Horla." [forthcoming in Nineteenth-Century French Studies]

  • “Dead Man Walking: Bram Stoker’s Dracula and the Monstrous Form of Nineteenth-Century Mobility.” [under revision for Victorian Literature and Culture

  • "Hegel as Philosophy of Observation: Reflections on the Discourse of Science and Self-Reflexivity in the Phenomenology of Spirit." [forthcoming in Spanish in La Historia de la Observacion Segundo Grado. Ed. Perla Chinchilla and H.U. Gumbrecht. Mexico City: Universidad Iberoamericana, 2012; forthcoming in German in Beobachtung Zweiter Ordnung — Historisiert. München, Fink Verlag, 2012.]

  • Translation of Geist und Materie--Was ist Leben? Zur Aktualitaet von Erwin Schroedinger, Ed. H.U. Gumbrecht. Stanford UP, 2011.

  • "'A simulation from beginning to end':(Mis)representing Otherness in J.M. Coetzee's Elizabeth Costello" in Declensions of the Self: A Bestiary of Modernity, Ed. Jean-Jacques Defert, Trevor Tchir, and Dan Webb. Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2008.

Conference Presentations:

  • “Telegraphic Style and Post-War Topography: Louis-Ferdinand Céline’s Textual Landscapes.” The Edges of Exposure, Graduate Student Conference, Dept. of French, UC Berkeley. April 27-28, 2012.
  • "Dead Man Walking: Bram Stoker's Dracula and the Monstrous Form of Nineteenth-century Mobility." Travelling Concepts, Metaphors, and Narratives: Literary and Cultural Studies in an Age of Interdisciplinary Research, Hermes Consortium for Literary and Cultural Studies, Justus-Liebig-Universitaet Giessen. June 13-19, 2010.
  • "'Ce corps inconnaissable': The Fantasy of the Native Body in Discourses of Degeneration." Fossilization and Evolution, Nineteenth-Century French Studies Colloquium. October 22-24, 2009.
  • "Tracing the Limits of Representation: Freud and Todorov on the Fantasy of Historical Memory."Inside/Outside,Graduate Student Conference, Humanities Center, Johns Hopkins University. April 2-3, 2009.
  • "'Là bas où sa race était née': Reading Race and Repression in Maupassant's Le Horla." Circulation: Networks, Knowledge and the Literary, Eighteenth Annual Conference, French Graduate Student Association, Columbia University. March 6, 2009.
  • “Imagining the Modern: Towards a Critical Historiography (On Eschatological Themes in the Writings of Marx).”Arrivals and Departures, 2008 Annual Meeting of the American Comparative Literature Association. April 24-27, 2008.
  • “Sex, Lies, and the Nation-State: Spies and Sexual Deviants in Proust’s Recherche.” Comparative Literature Colloquium, Stanford University, May 18, 2007.
  • “A Lesson in Narration: Representations of Otherness and the Rational Project in Coetzee’s Elizabeth Costello.”Declensions of the Self: A Bestiary of Modernity, Fifth Graduate Student Conference, Depts. of Modern Languages and Cultural Studies, Comparative Literature, and Political Science, University of Alberta, Edmonton. September 28-29, 2006.
  • “'On est pour son pays comme on est pour soi-même': Proustian Space and the Semiotics of Nationhood.”L’Exception Française: Negotiating Identity in the French National Imaginary, Graduate Student Conference, Dept. of French and Francophone Studies, University of California, Los Angeles. November 2-3, 2006.

 Work in Progress:

  • "Much Ado About Nothing: On Flannery O'Connor 's Engagement with Heidegger" [article]
  • “The Visual Poetics of Minimalism” [article]

Professional Activities:

  • Strategic Communications Internship (researching initiatives to promote the humanities) with the Office of Public Affairs at Stanford University (Summer 2012)

  • Planning Committee, Restructuring Humanities Departments: Language, Literature, Culture, Conference organized by the Research Unit of the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford University, May 8-9, 2011.

  • Planning Committee, Avatars: Personae, Heteronyms, Pseudonyms, Third Graduate Student Conference, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Stanford University, April 10-11, 2009.

  • Planning Committee, Corruption in Modern Literature and Theory, Second Graduate Student Conference, Dept. of Comparative Literature, Stanford University. April 4-5, 2008.

  • Co-organizer, Horizons, First Graduate Student Conference, Dept. of Comparative Literature. November 17-18, 2006.

  • Research Assistant to Professor Adrian Daub

  • Aesthetics Project, Research Group of the Philosophy and Literature Initiative, Stanford University. 

  • Philosophical Reading Group, Research Workshop of the Stanford Humanities Center.
  • French Culture Workshop, Division of Literatures, Cultures, and Languages, Stanford University

  • Working Group on the Novel, Center for the Study of the Novel, Stanford University

Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
German
Language(s): 
Italian
Language(s): 
Spanish

Tom Winterbottom

portrait: Michael Winterbottom
Contact: 

mtw1@stanford.edu

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Elizabeth Spragins

portrait: Elizabeth Spragins
Contact: 

spragins@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Curriculum Vitae: 
Education: 

2010: M.A. University of Pennsylvania, Hispanic studies

2008: M.A. Middlebury College, Spanish literature

2007: B.A. Williams College, Spanish

Language(s): 
Arabic
Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Christopher Kenneth Kark

portrait: Christopher Kark
Contact: 

ckark@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Curriculum Vitae: 

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

(2014). “Portugal as Nostos Interrupted.” ellipsis 14 (in press – pagination forthcoming).

(2012). “Latent Selfhood and the Problem of Genre in Catalina de Erauso’s Historia de la Monja Alférez.” Revista de Estudios Hispánicos 46.3: 527-546. Print.

(2012). "Espectáculos laborales: primacía de imágenes y cosificación en Mano de obra de Diamela Eltit." Nuevo texto crítico 47-48: 225-239. Print.

(2009). “Recuerdos en el espejo: memoria, ideología y agencialidad en Los cuentos del final Alfonso y Clotilde de Carlos Manuel Varela.” Latin American Theatre Review 43.1: 61-80. Print.

(2007). “From Parlor to Politics: Catalan Romantic Nationalism as a Bourgeois Political Instrument.” LL 2.2. Web.<http://ojs.gc.cuny.edu/index.php/lljournal/article/view/289/261>
 
 
Book Reviews
 
(2010). “Rev. of Escape from the Prison of Love.” Modern Language Notes 125.5. 1167-70. Print.
 
(2009). “Rev. of La escena bajo vigilancia: Teatro, dictadura y resistencia.” Chasqui 38.1: 195-7. Print.
 
 

Conferences

(November 1, 2013). “Destiny as the Harbinger and Destroyer of the Golden Agein Alonso de Ercilla y Zúñiga’s La Araucana.” 111th Annual Conference of the Pacific Ancient and Modern Language Association. San Diego, California.

(March 23, 2013). “Dicotomías del lenguaje en Los pasos perdidos de Alejo Carpentier.” Primer Coloquio Anual Iberoamericano de Literatura, Política y Arte. San Francisco State University, San Francisco, Cafornia.

(October 21, 2011). “A Thwarted Ascent: Stimmung and Worldmaking in the Poetry of Luís Vaz de Camões.” 1º Encontro Internacional de Jovens Pesquisadores da Cátedra de Cultura Portuguesa, The University of Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

(January 6, 2011). “Latent Selfhood and the Problem of Identity in Catalina de Erauso’s Historia de la Monja Alférez.” The Republic of Letters (Stanford Humanities Center Workshop), Stanford, California.

(April 9 – 10, 2010). “Espectáculos laborales: primacía de imágenes y cosificación en Mano de obra de Diamela Eltit.” Performing Selves: Strategies and Limits. Fifth Graduate Student Colloquium, UC Berkeley Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Berkeley, California.

(August 5 – 9, 2008). “Recuerdos en el espejo: memoria, ideología y agencialidad en Los cuentos del final y Alfonso y Clotilde de Carlos Manuel Varela,” XVII Congreso Internacional de Teatro Iberoamericano y Argentino, Buenos Aires, Argentina.

 

Editorial Experience

(June 2013 – September 2013). Shmoop. Content manager. Designed, wrote, and managed content in English and Spanish for high school and college students written in a humorous yet comprehensive fashion; particular focus on the AP Spanish Language and AP Spanish Literature Examinations.

(October 2012 – Present). Consultant for Shmoop, a Silicon Valley education start-up devoted to developing test preparation and course materials for high school and college students written in a humorous yet comprehensive fashion.

(December 2007 – May 2009). Letras femeninas. Arizona State University. Assistant to the Editor. Edited and proofread articles submitted in Spanish, handled subscription data, collaborated with the editor, authors, and subscribers. Edited volumes 34.1, 34.2, and 35.1.

(August 2008). Frohlich, Margaret G. Framing the Margin: Nationality and Sexuality across Borders. Tempe, AZ: Asociación Internacional de Literatura y Cultura Femenina Hispánica. Proofread and edited.

(May – August 2005). Staff Intern – Arizona Mexico Commission – Office of the Governor. Facilitated office operations; participated in and coordinated the Biannual Plenary Session in Tucson, Arizona; researched policy issues; translated materials from English into Spanish and vice-versa.

(May 2003 – May 2004). Arizona State University State Press and WebDevil (campus news publications). Wrote for the arts and culture beat, including feature stories and reviews.

 

Fellowships, Awards, and Grants

(May 2012). Stanford University’s Graduate Research Opportunities (GRO) Fund. A grant of $3,780.00 to conduct dissertation research at the Spanish National Library in Madrid in September and October 2012.

(September 2009 – June 2014). Stanford University Fellowship. A five-year tuition waiver, stipend, and partial summer funding used to complete a doctorate in Iberian and Latin American Cultures.

(May 2006). Moeur Award. Awarded to undergraduates from Arizona State University who graduate within eight semesters with a 4.0+ GPA.

 

Professional Activities, Leadership, and Community Service

(July 2012 – March 2013). English as a Second Language (ESL) instructor at the Opportunity Center in Palo Alto.

(June 2011 – June 2012). Catholicism 101 leader and coordinator: a forum for discussion of topics relevant to the faith for Catholic graduate students, alumni, and young adults associated with Stanford University.

(September 2010 – June 2011). Coordinator for the Humanities Center’s Medieval and Early Modern Studies Workshop.

Education: 

2014: Ph.D., Stanford University, Iberian and Latin American Cultures. Dissertation title: Providence and Acceleration: Prophetic Modalities in Early Modern Iberian Literature.

2009: M.A., Arizona State University, Spanish Literature and Culture. Thesis title: La sociedad alucinada: el Uruguay autoritario en el teatro de Carlos Manuel Varela.

2006: B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, Spanish Literature and Culture.

2006: B.A., summa cum laude, Arizona State University, Political Science. Honors thesis title: Bifurcated Selves: Dialetics of Catalan National Identity in
Contemporary Spain
.

Language(s): 
Catalan
Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish
Document(s): 

Victoria Saramago Padua

portrait: Victoria Saramago Padua
Contact: 

saramago@stanford.edu

Office Hours: 
By appointment
Curriculum Vitae: 

Victoria Saramago Padua is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Department of Iberian and Latin American Cultures. She is especially interested in 20th Century Latin American fiction, novel theory and relations between space and narrative.

Education: 

2010: M.A. Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Brazilian Literature

2007: B.A. Universidade do Estado do Rio de Janeiro, Portuguese Language and Luso-Brazilian Literature

Language(s): 
Portuguese
Language(s): 
Spanish

Anaïs Saint-Jude, Ph.D.

portrait: Anaïs Saint-Jude, Ph.D.
Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education

Anaïs Saint-Jude is special projects designer at the Stanford Technology Ventures Program in the Department of Management Science and Engineering in the School of Engineering. As special projects designer, Anaïs runs the Accel Innovation Scholars program, a yearlong program for 12 outstanding Stanford engineering Ph.D. students, focusing on technology commercialization, opportunity evaluation, and entrepreneurial leadership. Anaïs also leads the Stanford Entrepreneurship Network, a federation of dozens of entrepreneurship-related organizations at the university. Previously, Anaïs cofounded and ran BiblioTech, a program connecting Stanford humanities Ph.D.s with the Silicon Valley ecosystem. Her research interests include seventeenth-century French literature, humanities education, social media, information overload, leadership, entrepreneurship, and the intersection of humanities and technology. She holds an M.A. in French and Humanities and a Ph.D. in French from Stanford University.

Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
Italian
Language(s): 
Spanish

Elizabeth R. Romanow

portrait:
Contact: 

romanow@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Humanities Education
Focal Group(s): 
Performance
Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Language(s): 
French
Language(s): 
German
Language(s): 
Spanish

Kathryn Hume

portrait: Isaac Bleaman
Contact: 

khume@stanford.edu

Focal Group(s): 
Philosophy and Literature
Focal Group(s): 
Renaissances
Focal Group(s): 
Workshop in Poetics

I joined Stanford’s Comparative Literature program in 2007, having received my B.A. at the University of Chicago, summa cum laude, with a concentration in Comparative Literature and a minor in Mathematics. My research focuses on the intersection between mathematics, philosophy and literature in 17th and 18th century Europe, primarily in France. Analyzing Descartes’s Géométrie alongside the Aristotelian unities and La Rochefoucauld's Maximes, my dissertation reconsiders the relation between Cartesian rationalism and French neoclassicism. It examines 17th century stylistic tendencies towards generalization, compression, and the generation of complexity out of simple, abstract templates. 

I am also interested in epistemology; the history of evidence and the encyclopedia; modernist and twentieth-century poetics; Italian cinema. I’m a pretty serious violin player and long-distance runner.

PUBLICATIONS

Entries for "Neoclassical Poetics", "Theophrastan Character", Princeton Encyclopedia of Poetry and Poetics, 4th edn. (Princeton University Press, forthcoming, 2012).

Essay submissions in Rédiger un texte académique en français, ed. Sylvie Garnier and Alan D. Savage (Editions Ophrys, 2011)

TEACHING

COMPLIT 156A, "States of Nature in Literature and Philosophy", Autumn, 2011 (Instructor)

Tutor: Intermediate Latin, Beginning Greek, Advanced French, 2010-2011

DLCL 189, "Honors Thesis Writing Workshop", Autumn 2010 (TA)

FRENLANG 2, "First Year French", Spring, 2010 (Instructor)

FRENLANG 1,2,3, "First Year French, Fall, Winter, Spring, 2008-2009 (Instructor)

PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES

Assistant to the Director (with Cécile Alduy), Center for Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 2010-2012

Coordinator (with Roland Greene and Nicholas Jenkins), Stanford Workshop in Poetics, 2008-2011

SELECTED CONFERENCE PAPERS

“Speculative Empiricism: The Conceptual Value of Conjecture in Diderot and Rousseau”, SEASECS Annual Conference, Decatur, GA March 1-3, 2012

“Paralepsis, Procedure and Incomplete Reduction in Descartes’s Géométrie”, Inarticulacy: An Interdisciplinary Early Modern Conference, UC Berkeley, November 12-13, 2011

“The Algebra of la Rochefoucauld’s Maximes”, MEMS Workshop, Stanford University, May 19, 2011

“Analogy versus Analysis: Revisiting the D’Alembert/Diderot Debate over Encyclopedic Order”, ACLA, Vancouver, March 31-April 3, 2011

“A Discussion with the Editors” (on the French Encyclopédie), French Culture Workshop, Stanford University, January 31, 2011

“Of Paradise’s Proportions” (on Milton’sParadise Lost), Renaissances Lecture Series, Stanford University, December 3, 2010

“Fiktion als Zugang zur Wirklichkeit. Über den methodologischen Gebrauch der Fiktion im 17. Jahrhundert”, Lecture Series, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History and Culture, Leipzig, November 12, 2009

“Persuasion or Grace? Patterns of Embedded Narrative in Ariosto and Tasso”, Northern California Renaissance Conference, San José State, May 2, 2009

“Descartes’ Relevance to Theories of Fictionality: Time, Identity and Reference in the Discourse and the Meditations”, ACLA, Harvard, March 26-29, 2009 and Interdisciplinary Possible Worlds Conference, Princeton University, March 6-7, 2009

“Descartes’ Fictionality”, Aesthetics Project, Stanford University, October 7, 2008

“Descartes’s LiteraryPhilosophy – Mallarmé’s Philosophical Poesis: Igitur Resurrects theCogito”, The Substance of Thought: Critical and Pre-critical, Cornell University, April 10-12, 2008

AWARDS AND FELLOWSHIPS

Research Fellow, Simon Dubnow Institute for Jewish History, Autumn, 2009

Fellowship to attend the Greek and Latin Institute at CUNY, Summer 2009

Fellowship to attend the School of Criticism and Theory, Cornell, Summer, 2008

Großes Deutsches Sprachdiplom from the Goethe Institute, May, 2007

Phi Beta Kappa, 2005

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French
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German
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Spanish
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Greek
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