Faculty on the Advisory Board

East Asian Languages and Cultural Studies

Xiaorong Li's areas of research are concerned with gender and literary production, women's writings, literati culture, and literary trends in the late imperial period (ca. 1500–1900).  She also conducts research on women poets in classical Chinese poetry in Japan and Korea from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries.
She published Women’s Poetry of Late Imperial China: Transforming the Inner Chambers (2012).

Spanish and Portuguese

Areas of interest include: Contemporary Spanish American Literature, Hispanic Caribbean, poetry and poetics, critical theory, literature and philosophy, literature and science. He is the author of Reading Anew: José Lezama Lima's Rhetorical Investigations (Madrid: Iberoamericana-Vervuert, 2012).

French and Italian

Research foci: Western literature, art and ideas; aesthetic theory, philosophy.  Main publications: The Horizon: A History of our Infinite Longing (2010), which journeys through religion, philosophy, literature and art to show how our fascination with the outer reaches of life and knowledge is really the engine of civilization; The Religion of Reality: Inquiry into the Self, Art, And Transcendence (2006), a philosophic essay on the denial of transcendence in modern thought and, on the other hand, the vitality of the religious spirit in art;  Museum Memories: History, Technology, Art (1999), on museums and the philosophy of art in the modern period. Professor Maleuvre is currently finishing a new book entitled The Happiness of Art: A Critical History.

Comparative Literature

Prof. Nesci specializes in modern French literature and intellectual history, urban studies, literary theory, feminist and gender studies. She also writes on French and Francophone women writers, film directors, artists and activists from the early nineteenth century to the present. Main publications: La Femme mode d'emploi. Balzac, de la Physiologie du mariage à La Comédie humaine (1992); Le Flâneur et les flâneuses. Les femmes et la ville à l'époque romantique (2007). 

Religious Studies

Professor Reynolds' teaching and research interests include Arabic languages and literatures, folklore and folklife. He is the author of Arab Folklore: A Handbook (2007) and Heroic Poets, Poetic Heroes: The Ethnography of Performance in an Arabic Oral Epic Tradition (1995), and section editor for and contributing author  to The Cambridge History of Arabic Literature: the Post-Classical Period  (Part IV: Popular Prose; 2006).