Graduate Students

Qussay Al-Attabi:

Charlotte Buecheler:

Elsa Charlety:   

Prior to coming to Brown, Elsa has done most of her research and teaching in France. She obtained a Master's degree in English at Paris-Sorbonne University in 2012. She has taught American literature and history at the Sorbonne and University of Rennes 2 as a professeur agrégée of English. Her work focuses on representations of bodies and voices in 19th and 20th century literature from the American South and the Caribbean, the literary history of gothic and horror narratives, collective trauma, memory, and loss. She has recently contributed a chapter in Undead Souths: the gothic and beyond in Southern Literature and culture (LSU Press : 2015)

Silvia Cernea Clark :

B.A. magna cum laude, Kenyon College. Silvia is interested in 20th and 21st century literature and theory, phenomenology, semiotics, and the relationship between literature, visual arts, and new media. Languages: native speaker of Romanian; fluent in English and French; reading knowledge of German, Italian, and Spanish; basics of Latin.

Edwige Crucifix:  

Edwige obtained her Master's degree in Comparative Literature from Paris-Sorbonne University in 2013. As a researcher in France, her work focused on the social and aesthetic impact of gastronomical writings in post-revolutionary France. This prompted her to investigate French and American food narratives from the 19th and 20th century, with a focus on female writings. She is interested in the relationship between gender, domesticity and sensual experience, as well as their inscription in the literary canon. Her teaching and research interests include 19th and 20th century French, American and English literature, gender and sexuality studies, aesthetics and reception studies.  She is fluent in French, English and Spanish.


Elizabeth Gray:

Felix Green:

Felix received his B.A. from the University of Adelaide and his B.A. (Honours) from the University of Melbourne and has spent time studying in both Spain and Italy. He is interested in an array of European literatures, with a particular focus on the Romantic and Modernist movements of England, Germany and France. Special interests in these areas include the role of the artist; the aesthetics of poetry; intertextuality and influence; the construction of the self; and irrationality in the creative imagination. Languages: native speaker of German and English, fluent in Italian and Spanish and a reading knowledge of French and Latin.

Dennis M. Hogan:   

Dennis received his BA in Comparative Literature from Swarthmore College and his MA in Literatures of Modernity from Ryerson University. He studies decadence and aestheticism in English, French, and Spanish literature.

Nicholas Kahn:   

Nick received his B.A. in English and French from Haverford College. Between graduating from Haverford and starting at Brown, he spent his time working as an editorial assistant at a Parisian publisher of bandes dessinées, working as an English teacher for middle and high school students in Martinique, and working at the Biennale di Venezia art festival in Italy. Past interests have revolved around the idea of navigating boundaries in literature and the monsters that occur at these boundaries. He has focused on the nexus of race in American 19th-century dark romantic authors, and the relationship between the voyage and the monster in 19th century French literature. Languages: English, French, Italian.

Brendan Lambert:   

Brendan received his A.B. with honors from Kenyon College, where he completed an interdisciplinary program in the humanities and majored in Classics. He is interested in classical reception, modernism and classics, twentieth-century literature and theory, and Latin American literature.

Marcelo Lotufo:

Marcelo received his B.A. from the State University of Campinas (UNICAMP), Brazil. Broadly, his main interests are Postcolonial studies, power relations between North and South or center and periphery, Brazilian literature and literary criticism and Marxist cultural theories.

Natalie Lozinski-Veach:

Tavid Mulder:

Tavid received a BA in Anthropology (University of Michigan, 2008); MA in Comparative Literature (University of Washington, 2012). Research interests: Latin American literature, especially twentieth-century Argentine literature; critical theory; short fiction; realism and the avant-garde; time and history; aesthetics and politics.

David Mullins:   

David received a B.A. in Comparative Literature from Emory University in 2014 and began his doctoral work at Brown in fall of the same year. His research interests include the relation between the work of Gilles Deleuze and Jacques Derrida, as well as Romanticism, German Idealism, and the mass media’s perpetually evolving entwinement with capitalism and political institutions. Among his current projects are an attempt at using close readings of the work of Percy Shelley to hone in on the structure of affective contagion and a philosophical accounting of the as yet inadequately theorized intellectual proximity of Deleuze and Derrida. He works primarily in French, German and English.

Bruno Penteado:

Bruno's research touches upon questions of epistemology and ideology in 19th-century Europe and America. He is also interested in the current status of theory and the representation of violence in contemporary European cinema. He is fluent in Portuguese, English, French, and Spanish, and has reading knowledge of Italian.

Jennifer Schmeyer:  

Jennifer received her BA, Summa cum Laude, in English from Columbia University in 2014.  Her current academic interests include the Victorian novel, Victorian theater, psychoanalysis, and German continental philosophy, but she's always looking for more to study and love.  Working languages: English, French, and (soon!) German.  Other languages: Arabic (basic) and Latin (basic).

Cristina Serverius:

BA in Translation Studies; Master in International Business; MA in American Studies from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. She focuses on early modern English, Italian, and French literature. In her dissertation, she uses early Protestant treatises on conscience and Giordano Bruno’s Italian dialogues to reexamine Shakespeare’s use of conscience/consciousness in Richard III, Henry VIII, and Hamlet. Cristina is also interested in early modern comedy, and in the influence of the Italian sonnet tradition on English poets. Languages: native speaker of Dutch; fluent in English, Italian, and French; reading knowledge of Spanish, German, and Latin; basics of Modern Greek.

Edward (Geoffrey) Wildanger:

Geoffrey works at the confluence of art history, literary history, and critical theory. Prior to beginning his PhD at Brown, he received a Master's at the University of California, Davis, and was a Helena Rubinstein Fellow at the Whitney Independent Study Program in New York. He recently published the article "Catastrophic Affects" in the British journal Transmission Annual.

Lynda Musilwa: (Visiting Exchange Student)

BA in English from Beijing Language and Culture University, MA from Peking University. Xiao's interest is in the acceptance and dissemination of Western literature in China, especially realist fiction and its role in shaping modernist Chinese literature. He is also interested in theorizing space, in particular, the representation of urban space in literary works.