Five UCSB Students Chosen for Harvard IWL Program This Year

The GCLR is proud to announce that the following graduate students will be representing UCSB at the Harvard Institute for World Literature's annual summer program, which will be taking place in Tokyo this July. Each attending student received full financial support, covering fees and expenses, from generous grants provided by the the GCLR's partners at UCSB.

Jeff Bellomi is currently a PhD Candidate in his 5th year in the Comparative Literature Program, specializing in media theory and contemporary philosophy.  While his main focal languages are French and German, he has been introducing Russian and Japanese into his research over the past two years.  His current project focuses on the affective and narratological registers of darkness in media/technoculture, specifically with regards to its metaphorical deployment in sociopolitical milieus. He recognizes it is a great honor to be attending the IWL in Tokyo this year, during which he will be attending:

  • “Multi-Scale Literary Studies” by Dr. Jing Tsu (Yale) 
  • “From Comparison to World Literature: Readings and Conceptual Issues” by Dr. Zhang Longxi (City University of Hong Kong)

 

Linshan Jiang’s research interests are modern and contemporary literature and film in China and Japan, emotion studies, trauma and memory studies, world literature and translation studies. Her project for the Translation Studies PhD Emphasis concerns translation and canon formation in world literature. It aims to explore how modern and contemporary Chinese and Japanese literatures are introduced and canonized in the English-speaking world through translation. Beyond that, her dissertation project is to illustrate the representation of love in the Second World War, particularly the Second Sino-Japanese War, based on modern literature and film from mainland China, Taiwan, and Japan and how it may speak to current trends in emotion studies and memory studies in the research of world literature. She is going to be taking:

  • “Multi-Scale Literary Studies” by Dr. Jing Tsu (Yale)
  • “Globalization and Its Discontents” by Dr. David Damrosch (Harvard)

 

A third-year PHD student in the Comparative Literature Program with German Literature and Translation Studies emphases, Dustin Lovett’s research focuses on the translation and adaptation history of the Faust legend in German, French, and English-language cultures and what the various translations and adaptations of the story reveal about developing cultural attitudes toward different forms of knowledge across the story’s long history. Other research interests of his include early 20th century German journalism and the political use of translation. His work as a professional translator has appeared, among other places, in Dalkey Archive Press’s Best European Fiction series. He is excited to be attending:

  • “From Comparison to World Literature: Readings and Conceptual Issues” by Dr. Zhang Longxi (City University of Hong Kong) 
  • “Rethinking World Literature through Cartography and the Spatial Turn” by Dr. Katharina N. Piechocki (Harvard) 

 

As a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature Program, the primary dimension of Arpi Movsesian’s studies is historical, and while she approaches world literature through this perspective, she does not disregard the currency of today’s discussions on the various authors, cultural and historical phenomena, theory, and philosophy that she undertakes in her research and scholarship. Arpi’s focus of study is on three national literatures, English, Russian, and Armenian, and she also sustains engagement with other disciplines in order to find national, international, and cultural relations. Arpi’s research is on the archetype of the fool in Shakespeare and Dostoevsky. Arpi is looking forward to taking:

  • “Rethinking World Literature through Cartography and the Spatial Turn” by Dr. Katharina N. Piechocki (Harvard) 
  •  “From Comparison to World Literature: Readings and Conceptual Issues” by Dr. Zhang Longxi (City University of Hong Kong) 

 

Wendy Sun is a Ph.D. student in the Comparative Literature Program at UCSB. Her major ongoing projects include analyzing the relationship between translation and world literature with a cognitive approach and researching the Jewish diaspora in China in relations to memory studies, trauma studies, and the Holocaust. She is also interested in Feminist Studies and Queer Studies and is currently conducting research on female Holocaust memoirs. She works in the languages of Chinese, German, English, and French. In Tokyo, she will be attending:

  • “Multi-Scale Literary Studies” by Dr. Jing Tsu (Yale) 
  •  "Localizing Time in World Literature and World Cinema" by Dr. Delia Ungureanu (University of Bucharest)