Graduate Students

Xiaoxue Sun

Xiaoxue (Wendy) Sun's primary field of study is German Literature. She is interested in Holocaust Studies especially in the reception and translation studies between  Ingeborg Bachmann and Paul Celan. Her other field of studies includes gender and sexuality issues in Chinese Literature, Gothic Studies in English Literature, and Translation Studies among the languages of German, English, and Chinese.  She holds a BA from Chinese Language and Literature from Jilin University and an MA in Comparative Literature and World Literature from Peking University; her second MA is in English Literature from Loyola Marymount University. Her translation of a Children's book from German to Chinese is forthcoming.

Sofie Thomsen

Sofie Sommer Thomsen completed her BA and MA in comparative literature at the University of Copenhagen. During her MA, she spent one-year on exchange at UCSB as a Fulbright scholar in preparation for writing her thesis. As a PhD student at UCSB, she focuses primarily on the effect of the Digital Era on reception and production of traditional literature as well as emerging new forms of literature. Her research interests include digital humanities, media studies, European literature, German philosophy and the history of the book.

David Vivian

David received his BA in Literature from UC Santa Cruz in 2015. He is studying in the French track in Comparative Literature, and plans on pursuing Spanish for his third language. His research interests include 19th- and 20th-century Francophone literature and theory, as well as French and English Renaissance literature. Among his theoretical interests are animal studies, gender studies, postcolonial studies, translation studies, technology and media theory, and Marxist criticism. 

Xingyue Zhou

Inez Xingyue Zhou developed her interests in poetry studies from her earlier years at Peking University, China (with a BA in English Literature and an MA in Comparative Literature and World Literature). Her two main research areas are in modern American poetry and modern Portuguese and Brazilian poetry, with a wider vision of comparative poetics and world poetry since modernism. Closely related with the conception of poetic language, her other research interests include: studies of garbage and negativity; philosophy of language; translation theories; classical Chinese poetics; text-image relations; metamorphoses between text, body, object, and landscape. Her dissertation project, entitled "Slippage between Garbage and Language in Modern Portuguese and American Poetry," works with these themes to explore a poetics of "slippage" that simultaneously falls, deviates, and remains ambiguous.