Tel: 778 782-8846
Office: SUR 5186
Ken Seigneurie researches modern Arabic, French and British fiction, literary theory and the history of humanist thought . His edited volume, Crisis and Memory: The Representation of Space in Modern Levantine Narrative, was published in 2003. Articles and chapters on Arabic Literature include:
Dr Seigneurie's most recent book, Standing by the Ruins: Elegiac Humanism in Wartime and Postwar Lebanese Culture, appeared in 2011 from Fordham University Press.
Sasha Colby (On Leave)
BA (University of Victoria), MA (University of Victoria), PhD (University of Sussex)
Tel: 778 782-7498
Office: SUR 5180
Sasha Colby teaches literature, theory, modernist art, and performance. She is author of Stratified Modernism: The Poetics of Excavation from Gautier to Olson (Oxford: Peter Lang, 2009), an interdisciplinary study about modernist literature and archaeology 1850-1950. Sasha has written six plays for community based performance and has toured her literary play about modernist poet Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) internationally. Her current work unites traditional scholarship with artistic inquiry by tracing the role of rehearsal and performance practices in the work of modernist poets.
Read Sasha Colby's article "The Literary Archaeologies of Théophile Gautier", as published in Comparative Literature and Culture.
|Melek Ortabasi (On Leave)
BA (University of California, Berkeley), MA, PhD (University of Washington)
Tel: 778 782-8660
Office: SUR 5184
Melek Ortabasi teaches modern literature, film, and the theory and practice of translation; s he specializes in Japanese literature and culture. Her research interests include cultural studies, comparative folklore studies, children’s literature, and film and popular culture in contemporary Japan. Some of Ortabasi's articles have appeared in the books Japanese Visual Culture, A Century of Popular Culture in Japan, and the Encyclopedia of Life Writing. Her co-edited anthology of literary translations, The Modern Murasaki: Women Writers of Meiji Japan, was published by the University of Columbia Press in 2006. Her book The Undiscovered Country: Text, Translation and Modernity in the Work of Yanagita Kunio is forthcoming from Harvard University Asia Center. Inspired by Yanagita’s interest in children and education, a topic she examines in her book, she is starting a new project on children’s literature and translation.
Limited Term Lecturer
BA (Dartmouth College); MA, PhD (Harvard University)
Tel: 778 782-9595
Office: SUR 5188
Erin Schlumpf's current research examines national trauma and the rise of postmodernist aesthetics in France and China. She has extensive experience teaching and working in comparative and world literatures and with modern texts and languages of diverse regions, and brings a great enthusiasm for the global, interdisciplinary study of literary and filmic cultures from ancient through contemporary times.
BA, MA, PhD (University of California, Berkley)
Tel: 778 782-8761
Office: SUR 5174
Azadeh Yamini-Hamedani's teaching interests involve interconnections of literature and philosophy, with particular emphasis on the semiotics of translation. Her current research includes Goethe's conception of World Literature in light of his reading of Hafez. She also explores Nietzsche's understanding of Zoroastrianism as it appears in his notations and in Thus Spoke Zarathustra.