MA in Literature Faculty

SScott Durham

Scott Durham

Faculty Director

Contact Information

spd594@northwestern.edu

Scott Durham, Associate Professor of French and Comparative Literary Studies, is the faculty director for the MALit Program and the director of graduate studies in French at Northwestern. He has taught both graduate and undergraduate courses since 1994, with a primary focus on 20th-century literature, film and the relationship between literature and philosophy. His scholarly publications since he completed his doctorate at Yale include Phantom Communities: The Simulacrum and the Limits of Postmodernism (Stanford University Press), Jean Genet: In the Language of the Enemy (a special number he edited for Yale French Studies) and numerous articles. He is also the co-editor (with Dilip Gaonkar) of a collection of essays, Distributions of the Sensible: Rancière, Between Aesthetics and Politics (forthcoming from Northwestern University Press). He is currently writing two books, with the working titles Between Rancière and Deleuze: Aesthetics, Politics, Resistance and Eurydice’s Gaze: Historicity and Memory in Postwar Film, as well as co-editing a collection of essays (with Caitlyn Doyle), Geopolitics and Media Aesthetics.

Education

PhD, Yale University

Selected Publications

Among Durham's recent publications are essays on the films of Jean-Luc Godard ("'An Accurate Description of What Has Never Occurred': History, Virtuality, and Fiction in Godard ", in the Wiley-Blackwell Companion to Jean-Luc Godard), Michael Haneke ("Codes Unknown: Haneke’s Serial Realism," in the collection On Michael Haneke) and Abderrahmane Sissako’s film Bamako ("The Center of the World is Everywhere": Bamako and the Scene of the Political" in World Picture.

Recent Courses

Proust

Postmodern Film

Fictions of the City: Paris, New York, Los Angeles

20th-Century French Literature: Memory, Transgression and Engagement

Geraldo Cadava

Geraldo Cadava

Contact Information

g-cadava@northwestern.edu

Geraldo Cadava, an Associate Professor of History and Latina/o Studies, specializes in the histories of Latinas and Latinos in the United States, the U.S.-Mexico borderlands, and Latin American immigration to the United States. His first book, Standing on Common Ground: The Making of a Sunbelt Borderland (Harvard University Press, 2013 & 2016), is about cultural and commercial ties between Arizona and Sonora, Mexico, since World War II. It won the Frederick Jackson Turner prize, awarded annually by the Organization of American Historians to the author of the best first book in any field of American History. He is currently writing a history of Latino Conservatism from the 1960s to the 1990s. His scholarly and popular essays have appeared in the Journal of American History, The New York Times, and The Atlantic, among other publications. As a lifelong learner himself, he is especially interested in working students in Northwestern's School of Professional Studies.

Recent Courses

The 2020 Election in Historical Perspective
From Hamilton to “Hamilton” – American History by Lin Manuel Miranda

Nick Davis

Nick Davis

Contact Information

nicholas-davis@northwestern.edu

Nick Davis is Associate Professor of English and Gender & Sexuality Studies at Northwestern. He recently received the NU Alumnae Teaching Professorship, one of the highest awards for classroom instruction across the university. Nick studies narrative film, queer theory, feminist and gender studies, and American literature. His book The Desiring-Image: Gilles Deleuze and Contemporary Queer Cinema theorizes a new model of contemporary queer cinema based on formal principles rather than identity politics, drawing heavily on Deleuzian philosophies of film and sexuality. He has published many other essays on subjects including Julie Dash’s Illusions, Alfonso Cuarón’s Y tu mamá también, James Baldwin’s Blues for Mister Charlie, and the performances and political activism of Julie Christie and Vanessa Redgrave. He is also the author of the film reviews at www.Nick-Davis.com and a Contributing Editor at Film Comment magazine. Davis earned his PhD at Cornell University.

Recent Courses

American Novel: Big Books (Post 1830)
Critical Frameworks in Contemporary Film
Cinema at the Turn of the Millennium
Henry James and Film
Patterns and Politics of Contemporary Adaptation

Kasey Evans

Kasey Evans

Contact Information

ksevans@northwestern.edu

Kasey Evans, Faculty Director and associate professor of English at Northwestern, teaches and writes about medieval and Renaissance literature. Her book Colonial Virtue: The Mobility of Temperance in Renaissance England (University of Toronto Press, 2012) argues that the virtue of temperance underwent a semantic sea-change during the English Renaissance, evolving from a paradigm of self-discipline and moderation into a value of time-management, efficiency, and colonial aggression. Areas of particular interest include English Renaissance adaptations of Italian poetry (Dante, Ariosto, Tasso); ideologies of race, gender, and sexuality as they shape Renaissance English literature; and literary and critical theory, from medieval exegetes through postmodern philosophers. Evans received her PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.

Recent Courses

Adaptation and Hamlet
Early Modern Literature of Grief and Mourning
Representing the Psyche: Literature and Psychoanalysis
The Seven Deadly Sins: Behaving Badly in Renaissance Thought, Art, and Literature
Conceptions of the Body in Renaissance Literature
Early Modern Seduction

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch

Adjunct Lecturer, Assistant Director Center for Historical Studies

Contact Information

efp@northwestern.edu

Northwestern University Historical Studies

Elzbieta Foeller-Pituch (Assistant Director, Chabraja Center for Historical Studies, Northwestern University) is a literary historian who has published articles on twentieth-century American authors John Barth and John Gardner, as well as on Henry James. Her chapter on the great Polish science fiction and experimental writer Stanislaw Lem appears in Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918, edited by Tamara Trojanowska, Przemyslaw Czaplinski, and Joanna Nizynska (University of Toronto Press, 2018). Elzbieta's current research focuses on the reception of classical antiquity in American culture, a topic that stems from her research during an American Council of Learned Societies fellowship at Harvard University. She has written on Athena as a cultural icon in the United States in the book American Women and Classical Myths, ed. Gregory Staley (Baylor UP, 2009) and she is now working on a study of the enduring influence of Greek and Roman myths in American fiction and popular culture. At SPS Elzbieta teaches classes on 20th-century experimental East European and American fiction, on global postmodern fiction, and on 19th-century British fiction. In addition, she teaches literature seminars at the Newberry Library in Chicago, often on detective fiction.

Education

General Certificate of Education, London University
Ph.D. University of Warsaw, Poland
Postdoctoral ACLS Fellowship at Harvard University

Current Research Interests

Classical mythology in American fiction Classical antiquity in American culture Global 20th-C. experimental fiction
Jane Austen and the rise of the novel
Victorian detective, adventure, and travel fiction
The history of crime fiction
The use of detective fiction formulas in literary fiction
Food in 19th-C. American fiction

Selected Publications

“Futurological Philosophy: Stanislaw Lem.” Being Poland: A New History of Polish Literature and Culture since 1918, edited by Tamara Trojanowska, Przemyslaw Czaplinski, and Joanna Nizynska, (University of Toronto Press, 2018). 417-427.
“Henry James’s cultural capital: Rome as a moral testing ground in his 1870-1880 fiction,” City of the soul: The literary making of Rome, ed. Sabrina Norlander Eliasson and Stefano Fogelberg Rota, Suecoromana 8 (Stockholm, 2015). 123-133.
“’Transmuted by Time’s Handling’: Metamorphosis in James Branch Cabell’s Jurgen,” Metamorphosis and Place, ed. Joshua Parker, Lucie Tunkrova, and Mohamed Bakari (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2009), reprinted in Twentieth-Century Literary Criticism TCLC 314, ed. Lawrence J. Trudeau (Farmington Hill, MI: Gale Cengage Learning, 2015). 83-87.
“Liberating Woman: Athena as Cultural Icon in the United States,” American Women and Classical Myths, ed. Gregory A. Staley (Baylor UP, 2009)
“Stanislaw Lem” (2008); “Ryszard Kapuscinski” (2006), “John Barth” (2004) entries for The Literary Encyclopedia http://www.LitEncyc.com
“Literature,” International Encyclopedia of the Social Sciences, ed. William A. Darity, Jr. 2nd edition (Macmillan Reference USA/Thomson Gale, 2007)
“Classical Literatures and the Literary, Social, and Marketplace Culture of America 1820-1870,” American History through Literature, 1820-1870, ed. Janet Gabler-Hover and Robert D. Sattelmeyer (New York: Charles Scribner's Sons, 2005)
“Henry James’s Cosmopolitan Spaces: Rome as Global City.” The Henry James Review. 24.3 (Fall 2003) "Ambiguous Heritage: Classical Myths in the Works of Nineteenth-Century American Writers," International Journal of the Classical Tradition Vol.1, No. 3 (Winter 1995)

Recognition

2018 Weinberg College of Arts and Sciences Community Excellence Award
2011-2012 Clarence Ver Steeg Award for supporting and mentoring graduate students

Recent Courses

Jane Austen and the Rise of the English Novel
Global Pomo: Postmodernist Fiction in the U.S. and the World
Facing Absurdity: 20th-C. Experimental Fiction from East Europe and the USA

Christine Froula

Christine Froula

Contact Information

cfroula@northwestern.edu

Christine Froula, professor of English, Comparative Literature, and Gender Studies at Northwestern, teaches and publishes widely on international and interdisciplinary modernism. Her books include: A Guide to Ezra Pound's Selected Poems (New Directions), To Write Paradise: Style and Error in Ezra Pound's Cantos (Yale), Modernism's Body: Sex, Culture, and Joyce (Columbia), Virginia Woolf and the Bloomsbury Avant-Garde: War, Civilization, Modernity (Columbia). Some recent articles include: "War, Empire, and Modernist Poetry, 1914-1922," "War, Peace, and Internationalism in Bloomsbury," "Scribbling into Eternity: Paris, Proust, and Joyce's 'Proteus,'" "Sovereign Subjects: Stephen Dedalus, Irish Conscience, and Ulysses's Utopian Ethos," "Proust's China," "Unwriting The Waves," "'Dangerous Thoughts in Bloomsbury': Ethical Aestheticism and Imperial Fictions," "Orlando Lives: Virginia Woolf's Orlando in Global Adaptation and Performance," and "On Time: 1910, Human Character, and Modernist Temporality." A strong believer in lifelong learning, she has taught many graduate courses for SPS over the years, directed a number of Master's theses, some of them prizewinning, and enjoys working with the talented, committed adults who enroll in the SPS Master's degree programs.

Recent Courses

Rethinking Literary Modernism
Conceptions of the Body in Renaissance Literature
Modern & Contemporary Drama
Twentieth-Century Literature: James Joyce and Virginia Woolf
Twentieth-Century British and American Literature: Empire, War, Worldliness

Dilip Gaonkar

Dilip Gaonkar

Contact Information

d-gaonkar@northwestern.edu

Dilip Gaonkar is a professor of culture and communication and the director of the Center for Global Culture and Communication. He also directs the Center for Transcultural Studies, an independent scholarly research network concerned with global issues. Gaonkar has two sets of scholarly interests: the intellectual tradition of rhetoric with both its ancient roots and its contemporary mutations and global modernities and their impact on the political. He is currently the executive editor of the journal Public Culture, and he has written and lectured widely on rhetoric, globalization, democracy, and the media. In addition to his work for the Department of Communications Studies, Gaonkar also serves as an adjunct faculty member in the Department of African American studies, an affiliate faculty member in the graduate program in Screen Cultures in Asian Studies, and a senior affiliate fellow at the Center for the Study of Developing Societies in Delhi, India.

Jules Law

Contact Information

jlaw@northwestern.edu

Jules Law is associate professor of English and comparative literature. His essays on Victorian literature, James Joyce, and literary theory have appeared in PMLA, Critical Inquiry, SIGNS, NLH, ELH, Nineteenth Century Literature, and other journals. His book The Rhetoric of Empiricism traces the philosophical figures of surface, depth, and reflection throughout the aesthetic theory of the 18th and 19th centuries. He is currently completing two books, one on the politics of fluids in the Victorian novel, and the other on the epistemology of narrative figures. He has received numerous teaching awards, most recently the Charles Deering McCormick Professorship of Teaching Excellence. His PhD is from Johns Hopkins University.

Bill Savage

Bill Savage

Contact Information

b-savage@northwestern.edu

Bill Savage (PhD Northwestern) has been teaching in the SPS MA Lit program for more than 15 years. He is a scholar of Chicago literature and culture, and his most recent publication is the co-edited and annotated edition of Chicago by Day and Night: The Pleasure Seeker’s Guide to the Paris of America (Northwestern UP, 2013). He also co-edited the 50th Anniversary Critical Edition of Nelson Algren’s The Man with the Golden Arm and the Annotated edition of Algren’s Chicago: City on the Make. He writes regularly for local publications, and is a lifelong resident of Chicago’s Rogers Park neighborhood.

Recent Courses

The Jazz Age: Love and Art in the 1920s
Chicago Transformed: Actual and Textual Cities
The Artist in the City: Chicago Voices and Visions
Crime and the Criminal in American Narrative
The Beats: Conformity and Aesthetics
Imagining Chicago: Poems, Stories, Plans
Mysteries of Cities: Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles
Race, Space, and Place in Chicago: Ghetto and Neighborhood, White Flight and Gentrification

Domietta Torlasco

Domietta Torlasco

Contact Information

d-torlasco@northwestern.edu

Domietta Torlasco works at the intersection of film theory and practice. After receiving a PhD from the department of Rhetoric and Film Studies at Berkeley, she completed an MFA in Film, Video, and New Media at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. From 2003 to 2007 she was a Harper-Schmidt Fellow and a Collegiate Assistant Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.  Torlasco’s research and teaching interests include critical theory, psychoanalysis, and feminist theory, as well as Italian and French cinema, the SF and noir genres, and time-based media arts. She is the author of three books: The Time of the Crime: Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Italian Film (Stanford University Press, 2008), The Heretical Archive: Digital Memory at the End of Film (University of Minnesota Press, 2013), and The Rhythm of Images: Cinema Beyond Measure (University of Minnesota Press, 2021). Her video essays, which explore questions of domestic labor, borders, surveillance, and debt, have screened at national and international venues, including the Galerie Campagne Première in Berlin, the Walker Art Center in Minneapolis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles.

Current Research Interests

  • Film Theory
  • Critical Theory
  • Psychoanalysis
  • Phenomenology
  • Time-Based Media Arts
  • Italian and French Cinema

Education

PhD, UC Berkeley
MFA, School of the Art Institute of Chicago

Publications

The Rhythm of Images:  Cinema Beyond Measure (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2021, Cultural Critique Series)
The Heretical Archive:  Digital Memory at the End of FIlm (Minneapolis:  University of Minnesota Press, 2013)
The Time of the Crime:  Phenomenology, Psychoanalysis, Italian Film (Palo Alto:  Standford University Press, 2008)
"The Anthropocene as Cinematic View:  Time, Matter, and Race in Blade Runner 2049," Camera Obscura:  Feminism, Culture, and Media Studies, forthcoming in 2022
"Film | Rhythm | Essay," The Oxford Handbook of Film Theory, ed. Kyle Stevens (Oxford:  Oxford University Press), forthcoming in 2021
"Impossible Photographs:  Images of War from Rossellini to Documenta 13," Discourse:  Journal for Theoretical Studies in Media and Culture, vol. 39.3 (Winter 2018), 110-131
House Arrest (digital video, 8 min., 2015), NECSUS, European Journal of Media Studies (Autumn 2016):  www.necsus-ejms.org   
Philosphy in the Kitchen (digital video, 21 min., 2014), World Picture no. 11 (Summer 2016):  www.worldpicturejournal.com

Recognition

Centre for Humanities Research, University of the Western Cape, Research Residency, Winter 2020
Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities Fellowship, Northwestern University, 2018-19
Provost Faculty Grant for Research in Humanities, Social Sciences and the Arts, 2020
Alumnae of Northwestern Research Grant, 2020

Recent Courses

Media and Exhibitionism:  Rhythm in Film, Art, and Philosophy

Ivy Wilson

Ivy Wilson

Contact Information

i-wilson@northwestern.edu

Ivy Wilson teaches courses on the comparative literatures of the Black diaspora and U.S. literary studies with a particular emphasis on African American culture. His forthcoming book, Specters of Democracy: Blackness and the Aesthetics of Nationalism (Oxford UP), interrogates how the figurations and tropes of blackness were used to produce the social equations that regulated the cultural meanings of U.S. citizenship and traces how African American intellectuals manipulated the field of aesthetics as a means to enter into political discourse about the forms of subjectivity and national belonging. Along with recent articles in ESQ, Arizona Quarterly, and PMLA, his other work in U.S. literary studies includes two forthcoming edited books on the nineteenth-century poets James Monroe Whitfield and Albery Allson Whitman. His current research interests focus on the solubility of nationalism in relationship to theories of the diaspora, global economies of culture, and circuits of the super-national and sub-national. Wilson has a PhD in African American studies and English from Yale University.

Recent Courses

In the Heart of the City: The Metropolis in Modern and Contemporary African American Culture
Poetics of African American Literature
Inventing the American Novel

Jane Winston

Jane Winston

Contact Information

j-winston@northwestern.edu

Jane Winston is associate professor of French and gender studies, director of the Gender Studies Program and Jean Gimbel Lane Professor at the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities at Northwestern. Her primary interests are in literary and cultural studies, the politics of representation, gender and race studies, feminist thought and political theory and transnational and globalization studies. She is the author of Postcolonial Duras: Cultural Memory in Postwar France and coeditor of Vietnam: Identities in Dialogue. Winston received her PhD from Duke University.

Recent Courses

Indochine in Film and Fiction
Guy Debord and the Internationale Situationniste
Literatures and Cultures of 1968 (France)
Contemporary French and Francophone Women Writers

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