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MemberElizabeth Chang

Elizabeth Chang focuses in her research and teaching on the literature and visual culture of nineteenth-century Britain, with a particular emphasis on the cultural productions of the British empire during the Victorian era. Her monograph Britain’s Chinese Eye: Literature, Empire and Aesthetics in the Nineteenth Century (Stanford 2009) traces the cultural influences of Chinese places, things, and people, real and imagined, on the development of a modern British literary and visual culture in the nineteenth century. She is also the editor of a five-volume collection of nineteenth-century British travel writing from China (Pickering and Chatto 2010). Most recently she has published Novel Cultivations: Plants in British Literature of the Global Nineteenth Century (Virginia 2019), which takes up the role of plants as both setting and subject in the Victorian genre novel to argue for a reconfigured understanding of environmental agency in popular literature.

MemberLuna Najera

My research focuses on war, gender, and subjectivity in early modern Spanish thought, as well as visual culture, cultural studies, and book history in colonial Spanish America. Other research interests that I pursue through course offerings include: urban studies, border studies, gender studies, postcolonial theory and literature, modern and postmodern theory.

MemberCecile Tresfels

Sixteenth-century French Literature, apprehension, experience, curiosity, imagination and memory. Helisenne de Crenne, Rabelais, Léry, Montaigne, Marguerite de Valois. My research and my teaching philosophy are driven by the concept of “peregrinity”, which includes the other, the foreign, the bizarre, the curious or even the monstrous. I’m interested in how people, writers, travelers, understand and grasp the diversity of the world.

MemberBenjamin Fraser

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Fraser, B. “Madrid’s Gran Vía: An Urban Cultural History and Digital Project.” Journal of Urban Cultural Studies 2.1-2 (2015): 205-13.

Fraser, B. “Urban Railways in Buenos Aires: Spatial and Social Alienation in the Documentary Film El tren blanco.” Transfers: Interdisciplinary Journal of Mobility Studies 5.2 (2015): 5-22.

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Fraser, B. “Henri Lefebvre in Strasbourg: The City as Use Value in José Luis Guerín’s Dans la ville de Sylvie (2007).” Marxism and Urban Culture. Ed. B. Fraser. Lanham, MD: Lexington Books (Rowman & Littlefield), 2014. 43-61.

Fraser, B. “Sensing Capital…

Executive Editor Journal of Urban Cultural Studies Senior Editor Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies Associate Editor Hispania Co-Editor Hispanic Urban Studies series

MemberChristopher Pexa

Christopher Pexa specializes in 19th and 20th century Native American and U.S. literatures, Native American studies, and settler colonial studies, with an emphasis on questions of indigenous ethics, sovereignty, and nationalism. He is completing a book, under contract with University of Minnesota Press, entitled Translated Nation: Rewriting the Dakota Oyate, that explores the ambivalent ways in which allotment-era Dakota authors played to white regimes of legibility while at the same time honoring tribal common sense and producing a contemporary Dakota nationhood. Pexa’s essays have appeared or are forthcoming in PMLA, čazo Ša Review, SAIL, and MELUS. He is also a published poet and is currently working on a book of prose poetry, entitled Throne of Horses, about the afterlives of Indian boarding schools.

MemberTon van Kalmthout

Ton van Kalmthout studied Dutch Language and Literature at the University of Nijmegen (now Radboud University Nijmegen) and gained his Ph.D. in 1998 at the University of Amsterdam with a thesis on multidisciplinary art clubs in the Netherlands between 1880 and 1914. He worked as a teacher of Dutch at secondary school, and taught at the teacher-training programmes for Dutch at Hogeschool Rotterdam and the University of Leiden. He also worked as a teacher and post-doctoral researcher at the Dutch Language and Culture Section of the University of Groningen. Since 2005, he is a senior researcher at Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands. His field of interest is the international distribution and reception of literature in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries.