Research in Comparative Literature

Angelika Bammer, Director of Research

The Department of Comparative Literature's curriculum encompasses a dynamic range of research conducted through several processes such as CPLT 495RW Honors Thesis, CPLT 497R Supervised Reading, study abroad, internships, colloquiums, symposiums, conferences, publications, etc.
Please refer to examples below of some research done by our remarkable undergraduates:

Recent Highlights:

  • Lydia Abedeen
    • Selected to present "Speak, Beloved: A Study of Trauma Narratives in Literature Now, and Onwards" at Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium (SP 20)
    • Selected to present "Speak, Beloved: A Study of Trauma Narratives in Literature Now, and Onwards" at the Engaged Scholar Symposium, University of Texas - Rio Grande Valley (SP 20)
    • Association of Research Libraries Fellowship for Digital & Inclusive Excellence (FA 19)
    • Published in The Ordinary Chaos of Being Human: Tales From Many Muslim Worlds (Penguin Anthology) - Creative nonfiction piece on the trauma of war rape during the Bangladeshi liberation war from Dr. Angelika Bammer's CPLT/ENG 389 course from Spring 2018 (FA 19)
    • IDEAS Fellow (19-20)
    • Presented poster in SURE Symposium entitled "Speak, Beloved: A Study of Trauma Narratives in Literature Now, and Onwards" (SU 19)
  • Emir Brown
    • Selected to present "CONSTITUENT: A Multiracial Exploration of the Academic Hivemind" at Johns Hopkins University’s first annual Richard Macksey National Undergraduate Humanities Research Symposium (SP 20)
  • Ashley Bruder
    • Honors Thesis with Philosophy (summa cum laude): “Gender as a Capitalist Category: Structural Separation, Forms of Domination, and The Organization of Violence"
  • Russell Lee
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (22-24) | Field/Specialization: TBA
  • Tania Ndirangu
    • Honors Thesis with Creative Writing: "A Humble Warning to the Residents of Ol Kalou" (SP 21)
    • Presented "Posthuman Postcolonialism" in the Spring Undergraduate Research Symposium (SP 20)
    • Participated in the Research Partners Program (RPP) (19-20)
    • Published "On Speech and Silence in Tolstoy and Dostoyevsky" in the Emory University Journal of Asian Studies (SP 20)
    • Published “The Aesthetics of Suffering” in the Emory University Journal of Asian Studies (SP 19)
  • Mackenzie Noxon
    • REALC Colloquium ("Magical Realism as a Transcendent Force in Bulgakov, Aksyonov, and Bulgakov," April 8, 2022
      • Published in the Emory Journal of Asian Studies (May 2022)
  • Amon Pierson
    • Honors Thesis (summa cum laude): "Reading the Hieroglyph: The Em Dash in Action"
    • Emory Undergraduate Fellowship: James Weldon Johnson Institute for the study of Race and Difference (Fall 2021- Spring 2022)
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (20-22) | Field/Specialization: Afropessimism, modern poetry and poetics, the question of language, and American literature from the Harlem Renaissance to the Black Arts Movement
      • Presentation: “Reading the Hieroglyph: The Em Dash in Action,” MMUF Spring Research Conference (SP 22)
    • Emory Presentation: “Black Beings, Corrupted Tongues: Encountering Language in the Aftermath of Slavery,” South Eastern Regional Conference Mellon Mays Conference (SERC) (FA 22)
    • Comp Lit Undergraduate Colloquium: Presented "Analytics of the Hieroglyph; Or the –" (4/8/2022)
    • Yale Undergraduate Summer Research Fellow, SURF Program (SU 21)
    • Presented and published: “Black Beings, Corrupted Tongues: Encountering Language in the Aftermath of Slavery” at the Leadership Alliance National Symposium (July 19-31, 2021)
  • Ronald Poole II
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (21-23) | Field/Specialization: Somewhere in the continuum of scholarship at the intersection of black (anti-humanist) aesthetic theory and Marxian critical theory
    • SIRE Scholar (21-22)
  • Aspasia Sparages
    • Honors Thesis (summa cum laude): "Die Locken Zusammengenommen" (SP 21)
    • ICDS: Costa Rica Study Abroad (SP 20)
  • Abram Tapia
    • Honors Thesis (summa cum laude): "Selling Exploitation, Buying Consent: A Reading of Advertising in Ecuador" (SP 20)
    • Mellon Mays Undergraduate Fellow (18-20) | Field/Specialization: Twentieth-century Continental Philosophy and Literary Theory, Race and Postcolonial Theory, Feminism and Queer Theory, Animal Studies and Ecocriticism
  • Benjamin Thomas
    • REALC Undergraduate Student Research Symposium: Presented "Void and Construction" (4/7/2022)
    • Comp Lit Undergraduate Colloquium: Presented "Reading's Fourth Dimension" (4/8/2022)
    • Selected to present at the 2022 American Comparative Literature Conference ("Ambivalent Virtues: Soviet Literature, Moral Formation, and Ethics in Crisis") (June 16, 2022)
    • Published a paper in the Capstone Journal of Law and Public Policy ("When the Student Becomes the Teacher: Compensation, Prestige, and Teacher Quality in the U.S. Education System") (May 2022)
  • Chad Tucker
    • Honors Thesis (summa cum laude): "Black Trans* Ontology in the Wake of Afro-Pessimism" (SP 20)
  • Jim Wang
    • Comp Lit Undergraduate Colloquium: Presented "Volcanic Fluidity: A Poetic Wish" (4/8/2022)
    • French Undergraduate Colloquium: Presented "Les colonnes, les arbres, et les femmes" (4/13/2022)
  • Jiin Woo
    • CPLT 497R Supervised Reading
  • Esra Yener
    • IES Vienna: European Society & Culture / Music Study Abroad Program (FA 19)