Graduate Students

Manuel Azuaje Alamo

Manuel Azuaje Alamo

Graduate Student


Research Fields: Classical and Modern Japanese Literature, Hispano American Literature (Castilian and Lusophone), Translation Theory, Chinese and Korean modern literature and languages.

Nina Begus

Nina Begus

Graduate Student


Research Fields: Modernist fiction (anglophone, francophone, Austrian, Balkan); the Habsburg myth; ancient Greece; world literature; narrative theory; music; film; artificial life, human vs. non-human; medical humanities, science writing; islands and utopias; Pacific literature; Tocharian, Sanskrit, and Chinese tales of the Silk Road.
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Francesca Bellei

Francesca Bellei

Graduate Student
Research Fields: Migration and diaspora studies; postcolonial literature (mostly Anglophone & Francophone) and theory; women and gender studies; bilingualism; sociolinguistics; questions of identity and nationhood, particularly Mediterranean; Latin and Ancient Greek literature and philosophy, Italian literature, contemporary fiction and creative writing.
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Fangdai Chen

Graduate Student

Research Fields: Global Modernism and the literary Avant-Garde (Chinese, English, French, Japanese), literature and politics, Sinophone studies, 20th century European thoughts, transculturation theory, translation studies, world literature.
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Aisha Dad-Van Veldhuizen

Aisha Dad-Van Veldhuizen

Graduate Student


Research Fields: Greek, Persian and Latin literature; Greek epic and tragedy; Persian epic; Latin epic; Urdu folklore and Dastan literature; oral poetics; performance studies; ancient Greek music; mythology; history and legend of Alexander the Great; themes: travel, kinship, heroes; allegory; Arthurian legend; medieval, renaissance and pre-modern epic (Dante, Milton, Tale of Genji); 19th-(20th) century American literature (Poe, Faulkner, Twain); magical realism; postmodernism.

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Rachael Duarte Riascos

Rachael Duarte Riascos

Graduate Student

Research Fields: 19th, 20th, and contemporary Russian/Soviet, Latin American, Eastern European, and American literatures; African American and Southern American narratives; violence; political theory; narratology; national space programs and the cosmos in literature; 20th and 21st century philosophy and theory; the influence of Latin American literature on Soviet and Eastern European literatures.

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