English and Literature
Professor Andrea’s research and teaching interests include Renaissance/early modern studies, women’s studies, and literary/cultural theory; early modern Anglo-Islamic relations and representations; and contemporary Middle Eastern women’s writing. She is the author of The Lives of Girls and Women from the Islamic World in Early Modern British Literature and Culture (University of Toronto Press, 2017) and Women and Islam in Early Modern English Literature (Cambridge University Press, 2007); editor of English Women Staging Islam, 1696–1707 (Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies [University of Toronto], 2012); and co-editor of Early Modern England and Islamic Worlds (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011). Her co-edited collection, Travel and Travail: Early Modern Women, English Drama, and the Wider World, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press.
Prof. Batiste's interests include the relationships between representation, performance, identity, race, and power. Her research and teaching focus on the ways in which cultural texts, like literature, theater, performance, film, art, and bodies, act as imaginative systems that create identity, cultural values, human interactions, and possibilities of justice. Her teaching reflects this in the broad array of materials she uses to bring students to an interdisciplinary understanding of texts, theory, and history. Her book, Darkening Mirrors: Imperial Representation in Depression Era African American Performance (Duke University Press, 2011) examines the complicated ways African Americans participated in American ideologies of cultural imperialism—ideologies like expansionism and primitivism. Professor Batiste's most recent work focuses on performance, affect, and violence in millennial Los Angeles.
Research interests: Gender studies and Feminist theory, the body, theories of subjectivity, British and European modernism, fin de siecle literature, critical and cultural theory, theories of mass culture. Her main publications include Eye on the Flesh: Fashions of Masculinity in the Early Twentieth Century (1996); Stuff Theory: Everyday Objects, Radical Materialism (2014); and various articles on masculinity, Walter Benjamin, and James Joyce. With Enda Duffy, she co-edited Joyce, Benjamin and Magical Urbanism (2011). She also translated Antonio Negri's book: Insurgencies: Constituent Power and the Modern State (1999).
Prof. Cook's central interests include Eighteenth-century British and French literature and cultural studies. She is the author of Epistolary Bodies: Gender and Genre in the Eighteenth-Century Republic of Letters (1996); and of articles on early modern scientific and poetic conventions for representing the natural world. Her current research is on early modern writing about forests and trees and on the history of environmental ethics. She co-edited Invaluable Trees: the Cultures of Nature 1660-1830, with Laura Auricchio and Guilia Pacini (SVEC, 2012).
Prof. Duffy's central interests include Post-colonial literatures and cultures; modernism and postmodernism; Irish literature; cultural studies; and James Joyce. He is the author of The Subaltern Ulysses (1994), and of articles on post-colonial and modernist writing. His most recent book is the award-winning The Speed Handbook: Velocity, Pleasure, Modernism (2009). Prof. Duffy is a founding member of COMMA, the Center for Modern Literature, Materialism and Aesthetics which is housed in the English Department at UCSB.
Dorota Dutsch’s research interests include Roman drama, social performance, gender, and modern appropriations of classical motifs. She is the author of On Echoes and Voices: Feminine Discourse in Roman Comedy (OUP, 2008), co-editor of Ancient Obscenities UMP forthcoming in 2015, Fallen City: Commemoration in Lament Liturgy and Folk-song (CUP under contract), and Women in Roman Republican Drama (UW forthcoming in 2015). Her current book project uses a group of controversial texts attributed to Pythagorean women to explore Greek attitudes towards female intellectuals. Other projects include Blackwell Companion to Classical Reception in Central and Eastern Europe and The Blackwell Companion to Plautus.
Research interests: Asian-American literature, American modernism, twentieth-century American poetry.
Biography: Prof. Huang is the author of Transpacific Imaginations: History, Literature, Counterpoetics (2008), CRIBS (2005), Transpacific Displacement: Ethnography, Translation, and Intertextual Travel in Twentieth-Century American Literature (2002), and Shi: A Radical Reading of Chinese Poetry (1997), and the translator into Chinese of Ezra Pound's The Pisan Cantos. His new book is Charlie Chan: The Untold Story of the Honorable Detective and His Rendezvous with American History (2010).