Italian literature, culture, politics, art; literary theory; textual theories; philosophy; film studies;
Narrative theory, game studies, ethics, digital humanities, literacy theory, philosophy of mind, journalism, film studies, media studies, narrative design
19th, 20th, 21st century literatures; global studies; modernism and modernity studies; colonial/postcolonial/Empire studies; the novel; film, media, new media studies; critical and political theory; aesthetics and philosophy; queer and feminist theory; visual culture; the Global South; critical geography; Global Wests, American West; eco-critical studies and activism; precarity, labor, poverty, class; mass culture, TV studies; classics; the epic; Irish literature and culture; contemporary global fiction; science; mysticism.
French, poetry, literature, film, cinema, culture, francophonie, Saint-John Perse, Baudelaire, Montaigne, painting, comparative literature, interdisciplinary studies, Rembrandt, Dardenne, Malick, Braque, art book, Heidegger, Dante, literary theory, aesthetics, philosophy, American literature, American poetry, Hollywood, graphic arts, foreign language pedagogy, World English,
film theory, french film criticism, cinema studies, Queer studies, post human, trans human, cyborg studies, Science Fiction studies, Women , Gender and Sexuality studies, critical disability and body, body politics and theory,new weird and literature,ecocriticism, image and visual culture.
I’m interested in Central and Eastern European literature, culture, film, and intellectual history, from Germany to Russia. My current research focuses on the intersection of literature, philosophy, narrative, and aesthetics from the 18th century to the present day. I work primarily on the 20th and 21st centuries, although I have a continuing interest in the 19th century as well (particularly Romanticism and the development of narratological paradigms). I am currently finishing a book project on constructing non-narrative temporalities in Central Europe. I argue that Central European authors rejected narrative constructions of time, opting instead for forms of episodes, collage, and spectral traces to develop alternative temporal constructions. My next project takes me to the 1980s in Central Europe where the second generation of dissidents rejected not only the socialist regimes but also the opposition of the previous generation.
My teaching centers upon English literature of the 16th and 17th century, especially the drama of Shakespeare, Marlowe and Jonson and the poetry of Spenser and Milton, but I also frequently teach the intersection of that literary archive with political philosophy, metaphysics, medical writing, affect theory, eco-materialism, queer theory and psychoanalysis. In a separate stream of writing and thinking, I work on musical subculture and performance. When I’m not doing those things, I also make electronic music with my partner in a group called Matmos and by myself as The Soft Pink Truth.
Jill Robbins has published numerous books, articles and book chapters about poetry, film, narrative, and the book industry that engage with theories of affect, celebrity activism, disability studies, urban space, gender, violence, migration, memory, and sexuality. Her most recent book, Poetry and Crisis: Cultural Politics and Citizenship in the Wake of the Madrid Bombings (University of Toronto Press, 2020), funded in part by a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Humanities, argues that the March 11, 2004 attacks, known in Spain as 11-M, marked a critical turning point in Spanish society in which poetry played a unique and vital role, reflecting a new political sensibility defined by mutable, informal, non-hierarchical, and affective networks of communication and memorialization that contested neoliberal forms of identification, politics, and urban reorganization. She is the author of two other published monographs, Crossing through Chueca: Lesbian Literary Culture in Queer Madrid (University of Minnesota Press, 2011) and Frames of Referents: The Postmodern Poetry of Guillermo Carnero (Bucknell University Press, 1997); editor of the book P/Herversions: Critical Studies of Ana Rossetti (Bucknell University Press, 2004); coeditor with Roberta Johnson of Rethinking Spain from Across the Seas, a special issue of the journal Studies in XX/XXI Century Literature (2006); and coeditor, with Adolfo Campoy-Cubillo, of a special issue of Transmodernity about the Western Sahara (2015).
Hania A. M. Nashef is an associate professor in the Department of Mass Communication at the American University of Sharjah, United Arab Emirates. Her publications include Palestinian Culture and the Nakba: Bearing Witness, The Politics of Humiliation in the Novels of J. M. Coetzee and other articles on J.M. Coetzee and José Saramago, including “Becomings in J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians and José Saramago’s Blindness,” and in Comparative Literature Studies, and recently “Specters of Doom: Saramago’s Dystopias in Blindness and The Cave.” She has also published on Palestinian literature, film and Arab media representations, including “Disconcerting images: Arab female portrayals on Arab television,” in Interventions, “Barbaric space: Portrayal of Arab lands in Hollywood films,” in Popular Culture in the Middle East and North Africa, “Demythologizing the Palestinian in Hany Abu-Assad’s Omar and Paradise Now” in Transnational Cinemas, “Virtuality and différance in the age of the hyperreal,” in Empedocles: European Journal for the Philosophy of Communication and more recently “Challenging the myth of “a land without a people’: Mahmoud Darwish’s Journal of an Ordinary Grief and In the Presence of Absence in The Journal of Commonwealth Literature and “Two memories: Darwish and Shehadeh recount their days under siege,” in Prose Studies: History, Theory, Criticism and others.