Michal Peles Almagor
Track 1: Hebrew and German
Research interests: 19th- and 20th century modern Hebrew and German literatures, Jewish studies, modernism, theater studies, critical theory, exile and migration.
Teaching experience: Teaching Assistant (A Historical Introduction to Hebrew Literature in the 18th- and 19th Centuries, Ben Gurion University; Great Books, Big Screen, Sapir College)
Publications: “Between Hope and the Abyss: Identity Crisis and Void in Nissim Aloni’s The American Princess," The Quarterly of Contemporary Theater 34, 99-106. [Hebrew]
Track I: 20th Century German and Turkish Literature
Dissertation Title: "Alternative Spacialities in Contemporary Turkish Literature"
Research Interests: Translation theory, representations of nationality, "body" theory, thing theory, memoirs, lyric poetry
Teaching Experience: University of Chicago: Humanities Core: writing intern; Writing tutor at the Colorado College Writing Center 07-08
Brian John Dominguez Berry
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: "Serious Doubt: Skepticism in Samuel Beckett and Stanley Cavell."
Research Interests: Twentieth Century French and Spanish Literature, Theater Studies, Film Studies, History of Philosophy, Ordinary Language Philosophy, Critical Theory.
Teaching Experience: Instructor, Beckett Beyond the 'Absurd' (Spring 2015); BA Thesis Preceptor; Writing Intern in the Humanities Core; CA, History and Theory of Drama, Marxism and Modern Culture.
Track II: Biblical studies and Literature
Dissertation Title: Between the Figure and the Text: David Stories in Late 20th Century Prose
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, biblical narrative, character, intertextuality, rewriting, adaptation, world literature, critical fictions.
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern (Humanities Core: Readings in World Lit); Course Assistant (Hamlet and Critical Methods, Intro to Comparative Lit I: Problems, Methods, Precedents); Tutor in the Writing Program
Track II: Literature and visual culture
Research interests: critical animal studies; modernism and spatial metaphor; ecofeminism; disability studies
Teaching experience: Course Assistant (Dr. David Bevington: History and Theory of Drama, Winter 2013 and 2015; Dr. Loren Kruger: Brecht and Beyond, Winter 2014); Intern with Writing Program (Media Aesthetics, begun Autumn 2014)
Track II: Literature and Art History
Research Interests: Chinese narrative traditions; Ethics of interpretation; Phenomenology of place and space; Ming-Qing transition; Philosophy of history
Teaching Experience: Course Assistant (History and Theory of Drama I)
Track I: English & Italian
Dissertation Title: "Philological Poetics after Romanticism"
Research interests: 19th- and 20th-century English and Italian poetry, dialect and vernacular literature, the avant-garde, historical poetics, history of linguistics and philosophy of language, translation theory
Teaching experience: Instructor, Theory and Practice of the Literary Avant-Garde (Spring 2013) and Dialect and Vernacular in Nineteenth-Century Literature (Winter 2014); Preceptor, Masters of Arts Program in Humanities
Paulo do Nascimento Brito
Track II: Literature and Music
Track I: Russian and German
Dissertation Title: “Illusions, Confusions: Aisthesis, Deception, and the Topoi of Memory in the Romantic Imagination.”
Research Interests: 19th- through 20th-century Russian literature, German Romanticism, historical semantics, collective memory, theories of aesthetics, reception theory.
Teaching Experience: University of Chicago – Spring 2015: Lecturer (GRMN 13100 Reading German), Course Assistant (ENGL 23415 Theories of the Novel), Spring 2014: Lecturer (CMLT 25007 The Places of Memory, 1780-1880), Spring 2013: Lecturer (GRMN 13100 Reading German), Autumn 2012: Lecturer (GRMN 10100 Elementary German for Beginners I), English Teaching Assistant at the Internatsschule Schloss Hansenberg - Hesse, Germany (2007-2008).
Awards/Fellowships: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer Fellowship 2012, 2013, and 2014; Fulbright English Teaching Assistant 2007-2008.
Track I: Dutch and English
Research Interests: Colonial and travel literature in the Dutch, British, and French empires; children's literature; aesthetics, visual culture, and film studies
Dissertation Title: "Exotic, Yet Integral: Empire in Nineteenth-Century British and Dutch Juvenile Colonial Literature"
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern in the Humanities Core
Track I: Italian, Portuguese, Spanish
Research Interests: 19th/20th Century Italian, Lusophone, and Hispanic Literatures; Theory and History of the Novel; Autodidacticism; Liminal Spaces; Concepts of (Anti-)Heroism; Literary Genres; Theories of Mimesis; Children in Literature.
Teaching Experience: 2008-2009, Luca Pacioli German Teaching Assistantship, Istituto di Istruzione Superiore "Vincenzo Capirola," Leno (Brescia), Italy; Spring 2015, Language Assistant (Advanced Portuguese)
Awards/Fellowships: Foreign Language and Area Studies (FLAS) Summer 2014, Academic Year 2015-2016; Center for Latin American Studies (CLAS) Tinker Field Research Grant (Summer 2014); Kathryn Davis Fellowship for Peace (Middlebury Italian Graduate Program, Summer 2015).
Research Interests: Classical Persian literature; medieval French, English, and Celtic literatures; premodern cultural exchange; the role of history, myth, and romance in the construction of national literatures and identities
Track II: Literature and Sciences of the Mind
Dissertation Topic: Realism in contemporary American and German young adult fiction
Research Interests: Young adult literature, cognitive approaches to literature, literary and narrative pedagogies, trauma and memory studies
Teaching Experience: Preceptor, B.A. Project & Workshop: Comp. Literature (2015-2016); Course Assistant, A Hero and a Fool: Don Quixote and its Impact on Art and Literature (Spring 2015), History and Theory of Drama 2 (Winter 2015), Introduction to Comp. Lit. I: Problems, Methods, Precedents (Autumn 2013); Writing Intern in the Humanities Core
Research Interests: Twentieth century Chinese and Indian literatures, literary modernities, critical and postcolonial theory, world literature
Dissertation Title: "The World Within: Reading Colonial Literary Encounters between China and India (1900-1947)"
Track II: Literature and Visual Studies
Research Interests: 19th- and 20th-century American and European literature, contemporary art and visual culture, cinema, psychoanalytic theory, gender and sexuality, theories of love
Dissertation Title: “Anti-Orpheus: Modern Love and the Myth of the Artist”
Teaching Experience: Instructor, “Love, Pedagogically,” “Myths of Orpheus,” New York University (Gallatin School of Individualized Study); Instructor, “Specificity/Interdisciplinarity: Myths of Orpheus,” University of Chicago; Writing Intern, “Greek Thought and Literature,” “Readings in World Literature,” “Media Aesthetics,” University of Chicago; Course Assistant, “Reading Freud,” University of Chicago
Track I: French, Haitian Creole, English
Dissertation Title: Creole Publics: Language and Intimacy in the Twentieth Century Anglophone and Francophone Caribbean
Research Interests: Caribbean literature; Theories of intimacy; Postcolonial studies; Creole and Nation language in Francophone and Anglophone Caribbean; Transnational theory
Teaching Experience: Teaching Intern (Social Sciences Core Sequence Self, Culture, and Society); Course Assistant (Le règne des passions au 17ieme siècle); Language Mentorship (French Department)
Track I: French and English
Dissertation Title: Réussir sa vie: Life as Project in Six French and English Novels of (De)formation, 1860-1895
Research Interests: The French and English novel of the 18th and 19th century; topics in moral philosophy
Teaching Experience: French lecturer (French 101,102 and 103), French lector (French 101,102, 103, 201, 202, 203), CA for History and Theory of Drama, ll and Writing Intern in the Writing Program (in the Human Being and Citizen core)
David A. Orsbon
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Research Interests: The intersection of philosophy and literary criticism from Late Antiquity to the Renaissance; the reception and influence of Classical and Late Antique philosophy and literary criticism from the early Middle Ages to the Renaissance; Neo-Platonism in the Middle Ages and Renaissance; the history of criticism, especially the history of allegorical criticism; medieval theology and biblical hermeneutics; vernacular poetry in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance; Medieval and Renaissance Humanism; Renaissance Epic.
Teaching Experience: Teaching Assistant for History and Theory of Drama I (2014); Teaching Assistant for History and Theory of Drama II (2014); Teaching Assistant for Renaissance Epic (2013).
Publications: “The Universe as Book: Dante’s Commedia as an Imprint of the Divine Mind.” Dante Studies 132 (Forthcoming 2014).
Track II: Rhetoric and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: Figuring the Tragic: Tragic Exempla in Philosophical Essays of Consolation
Research Interests: History and theory of rhetoric, moral philosophy, and tragedy; the essay and autobiography.
Teaching Experience: B.A. Preceptor (UChicago). Instructor (UChicago), "Private Lives, Public Intellectuals: On The Philosophical Essay." Lector in the Writing Program (UChicago), multiple courses. Course Assistant (UChicago), "History and Theory of Drama I" and "Introduction to Comparative Literature I." Lecturer of English (Northwestern Polytechnical University, Xi'an, China), 12 classes in English language and culture.
Honors and Awards: Award for Excellence in Course Design (Chicago Center for Teaching, 2014). Francis X. Kinahan Award for Excellence in Teaching Writing (Writing Program, 2014). Jacob K. Javits Fellowship (U.S. Dept. of Ed., 2011-15). Lois R. and Maurice J. Beznos Fellowship in Comparative Literature (2010-2015).
Track I: Biblical Hebrew, English
Research Interests: Hebrew Bible, Dystopian literature, Ethics and Literature, Moral Philosophy, 18th and 19th century novel
Research Interests: Epic Literature, Modernism, Ancient Greek, 20th Century American Literature
Track I: English, French, German
Research Interests: French Renaissance and Enlightenment; 18th- and 19th-century novel; modern philosophy
Track I: Chinese, English
Research Interests: Late-imperial Chinese literature, classical Chinese tales and the reception of them in Europe, the fantastic, modernity and enchantment, theories of narrative, print culture and the history of the book.
Dissertation Title: "(Con)fused Enchantment: Transcultural Doubles of Chinese Strange Tale Collections in the Late Nineteenth Century"
Teaching Experience: Writing Intern (Readings in World Literature, Media Aesthetics); Course Assistant (Renaissance Epics, Introduction to East Asian Civilization, History and Theory of Drama); Language Assistant (First-year Chinese).
Honors and Awards: The Center for East Asian Studies Dissertation Fellowship, The University of Chicago Humanities Division Dissertation Research Travel Grant, The Nicolson Graduate Fellowship for Research in the British Isles, Center for East Asian Studies Pre-dissertation Research Grant
Publications: The Afterlife of Pu Songling (1640-1715)’s Liaozhai zhiyi in the fin-de-siècle Ecumenic Print Culture
Track II: Literature and Philosophy
Dissertation Title: Vision and Communism: A Transnational Literary History of the Malayan Emergency (1948-1960)
Research Interests: Philosophical aesthetics, East/West comparative poetics, global Chinese literature, media and modernity in China and Southeast Asia
Teaching Experience: Instructor (Aesthetics and Politics in Southeast Asian Fictions); Teaching Assistant (Intro to East Asian Civ: Vietnam; History and Theory of Drama I); Language Assistant (Elementary Modern Chinese)
Track II: Literature & Religion
Research Interests: Bible; religion and literature; law and literature; ethics and narrative; intellectual history; British literature 1500-1740; early modern Protestantisms; Jewish studies; hermeneutics; response theory; history and phenomenology of reading; representation of violence and suffering.